Ranvir Singh admits she is hoping to lose weight from Strictly Come Dancing training

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Ranvir Singh has admitted that she is hoping to lose weight from Strictly Come Dancing training after putting on a stone in lockdown.

The Good Morning Britain star, 43, is one of the 2020 celebrities taking to the dance floor in a bid to scoop the coveted Glitterball Trophy. 

Talking about the upcoming series, Ranvir admitted that she is hoping gruelling training will help ‘shed the pounds’ and make her ‘braver’. 

Candid: Ranvir Singh has admitted that she is hoping to lose weight from Strictly Come Dancing training after putting on a stone in lockdown (pictured earlier this month)

Candid: Ranvir Singh has admitted that she is hoping to lose weight from Strictly Come Dancing training after putting on a stone in lockdown (pictured earlier this month) 

She told Women’s Own magazine: ‘We don’t all have the body confidence of Richard Arnold. The wardrobe department will have their hands full in more than one way. 

‘I put on a stone in lockdown so if the training helps shed the pounds maybe I’ll become braver as it goes on.’

Ranvir jokingly added: ‘I’ll be glad to get out of my Uggs and puffa jackets! I just hope I can remember to walk in heels, never mind dance in them.’

It comes after the presenter said that the Strictly contestants have not started training yet despite the new series starting in a few weeks, and moreover, the celebrities have not even met their training partners yet. 

Exciting: The Good Morning Britain star, 43, is one of the 2020 celebrities taking to the dance floor in a bid to scoop the coveted Glitterball Trophy (pictured in February)

Exciting: The Good Morning Britain star, 43, is one of the 2020 celebrities taking to the dance floor in a bid to scoop the coveted Glitterball Trophy (pictured in February) 

The 43-year-old was quizzed by her fellow hosts ahead of her appearance on the BBC One show which begins on October 24 with a one-off launch show on 12.  

2013 Strictly contestant Susanna Reid was shocked and said that usually by this point in the year, contestants are normally in the thick of training.

She said on Wednesday’s Good Morning Britain: ‘In a normal season, you would now be up to your eyeballs in training, in sequins, in glitter.’ 

Ranvir replied: ‘It’s all happening a bit later. We can’t – we’ve not met our partner yet.’

Training: Talking about the upcoming series, Ranvir admitted that she is hoping gruelling training will help 'shed the pounds' and make her 'braver' (pictured in March)

Training: Talking about the upcoming series, Ranvir admitted that she is hoping gruelling training will help ‘shed the pounds’ and make her ‘braver’ (pictured in March) 

She added: ‘I am eating fewer Pringles if that counts towards training, but that’s as far as it got.’

Piers Morgan asked Ranvir if she would like to be partnered up with anyone in particular and she said having a laugh was key. 

She said: ‘Anyone who’s got a sense of humour. The thing is, it’s to do with the height. So I’ve got to figure out who the short one is.’ 

Ranvir recently confirmed she had split from her husband, Ranjeet Singh Dehal, a few years ago. The pair share a son called Tushaan, eight. 

'We haven't even met out partners': Ranvir shocked Susanna Reid on GMB on Wednesday when she revealed the Strictly contestants haven't begun training yet

‘We haven’t even met out partners’: Ranvir shocked Susanna Reid on GMB on Wednesday when she revealed the Strictly contestants haven’t begun training yet

Meanwhile, it was recently reported that Strictly will operate with a socially-distanced live studio audience when the series kicks off. 

The BBC One show confirmed it will return with an eighteenth consecutive series in September, and has since outlined the safety measures put in place to ensure it continues to be aired in front of its traditional live studio audience.  

Producers have revealed that family bubbles of four will be allowed to watch the show while it is filmed at Hertfordshire’s Elstree Studios, while face masks and social distancing will be compulsory for all members of the public. 

She can't believe it: 2013 Strictly contestant Susanna said that normally at this point, contestants would be 'up to their eyes in sequins'

She can’t believe it: 2013 Strictly contestant Susanna said that normally at this point, contestants would be ‘up to their eyes in sequins’

A step back in time: Susanna was paired with professional dancer Kevin Clifton when she appeared on the show in 2013 - she finished as a runner-up on the eleventh series

A step back in time: Susanna was paired with professional dancer Kevin Clifton when she appeared on the show in 2013 – she finished as a runner-up on the eleventh series 

Alleviating logistical concerns regarding the production of the show, a tweet posted on Monday read: ‘To make the most if limited space we’ll have in the studio this year because of our social distancing measures, for the first time ever tickets will be allocated to groups of four, allowing you to come along as a family bubble / household group.

‘We’ll be able to seat family groups of up to four people from the same household / social bubble at cabaret tables and in balcony seating. Cabaret tables and balcony seats will be allocated randomly, in advance of your arrival at the studio.’ 

While the show attempts to move on following the coronavirus pandemic, it’s understood that its annual Blackpool special – a favourite among fans – will not go ahead for the first time in its history.

Green light: Producers have revealed that family bubbles of four will be allowed to watch the show while it is filmed at Hertfordshire's Elstree Studios

Green light: Producers have revealed that family bubbles of four will be allowed to watch the show while it is filmed at Hertfordshire’s Elstree Studios

Strictly Come Dancing Contestants 2020

CAROLINE QUENTIN

Age: 60

Profession: Actress, known for roles in Men Behaving Badly and Jonathan Creek

Caroline says: ‘I hope my knees don’t let me down and I hope the foundation garments live up to expectations when I start leaping about!’

Fun fact: She met her now-husband, Sam Farmer in 1998 on the set of Men Behaving Badly when he was one of the studio runners.

MAX GEORGE 

 Age: 31

Profession: Singer – from former boy band The Wanted

Max says: ‘Nan – I’m doing Strictly this year!’ as he vowed to make his superfan grandmother proud

Fun Fact: Max’s fellow The Wanted bandmate Jay McGuiness was on Strictlby Come Dancing in 2015 – and won it!  

CLARA AMFO

 Age: 36

Profession: Radio 1 presenter

Clara says: ‘As we know this year has been a real challenge and escapism through dancing is something I know we all enjoy’

Fun fact:  Clara has some experience of celeb gameshows, having taken part on Celebrity Masterchef in 2018

BILL BAILEY 

 Age: 55

Profession: Comedian and TV personality

Clara says: ‘I’m not Lord of the Dance, more a sort of caretaker of the dance’

Fun fact:  Bill is a classically trained musician and multi-instrumentalist

 

 MAISIE SMITH 

 Age: 19

Profession: EastEnders actress

Maisie says: ‘Get me in those sequins, I can’t wait to dive into the Strictly fancy dress box this winter!’

Fun fact:  Maisie won the 2019 Children In Need special of Strictly with Kevin Clifton 

 

 HRVY

 

 Age: 21

Profession: YouTube star 

HRVY says: ‘Being on Strictly is going to be such an amazing experience and I’m so thankful to be taking part this year.’

Fun fact:  HRVY follows in the footsteps of former internet star contestants Joe Sugg and Saffron Barker – the latter of whom is close friends with him 

 

JASON BELL

Age: 42

Profession: Retired American Football player – now a pundit

 Jason says: ‘I am thrilled. I’m a huge fan of the show, I’ve been watching it since I came to this country, so it’s time for me to do something cool to impress my daughter, now that she can watch me perform!’

Fun Fact: Jason is the father of Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle’s daughter. The couple were together for 11 years, only splitting recently in 2019

 RANVIR SINGH 

 Age: 43

Profession: ITV broadcaster, Political Editor for GMB

Ranvir says:  ‘It feels like I’m on a rollercoaster… Hopefully after the first dance I will feel exhilarated rather than sick!’

Fun fact: Ranvir is the fourth GMB star to star following Susanna Reid, Richard Arnold and Charlotte Hawkins.

 

NICOLA ADAMS  

 Age: 37

Profession: Double Olympic gold medallist boxer

Nicola says: ‘I’m a huge fan of the show and am thrilled to be part of something that holds such a special place in so many people’s hearts’

Fun fact:  Nicola will form the show’s first ever same-sex pairing as she is parterned with a female professional. 

   

  JJ CHALMERS

Age: 55 Profession: Comedian and TV personality Clara says: 'I'm not Lord of the Dance, more a sort of caretaker of the dance' Fun fact: Bill is a classically trained musician and multi-instrumentalist

 Age: 55 Profession: Comedian and TV personality Clara says: ‘I’m not Lord of the Dance, more a sort of caretaker of the dance’ Fun fact: Bill is a classically trained musician and multi-instrumentalist

Age: 33

Profession: Ex Royal Marine and Invictus Games medallist

JJ says: ‘Strictly is a whole different ball game in respect to the challenges I will face but I’m up for an adventure’

Fun fact:  JJ is close friends with Prince Harry after they worked together on the Invictus Games

 

 JAMIE LAING 

 Age: 31

Profession: Made In Chelsea star

Jamie says: ‘I’m over the moon I actually get to come back and dance again. It’s going to be unbelievably amazing!’

Fun fact:  Jamie was forced to pull out of the 2019 series of Strictly after a foot injury 

 

RT HON JACQUI  SMITH

 Age: 57

Profession: Politician

Jacqui says: ‘I was speechless with excitement at being asked to join Strictly – and that’s very rare for me…!’

Fun fact:  Fifty years ago, she received a bronze medal for Scottish Highland Dancing 

 

  

 

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