Strictlys Zara McDermott details unusual method for calming nerves

Zara Mcdermott Recalls Secret To Calming Nerves Whilst Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing star Zara McDermott has revealed how she shook off nerves before her debut dance on the Saturday night BBC show.

Speaking to new mum Janette Manara on Strictly’ sister show It Takes Two, the 26-year-old explained that she zoned out everyone else in the room except for professional partner Graziano Di Prima, in order to keep calm.

She said: “I think it’s just building the relationship between both of us. It’s been really key to that [keeping calm] and we’ve got to know each other so well.”

“I was just envisioning that it was just he and I in the room. I wasn’t thinking about anybody else,” the former reality star explained.

The pair danced the Cha Cha Cha to Crush by Jennifer Paige for their first dance last Saturday but despite her best efforts, judge Craig Revel Horwood described her performance as wooden.

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However, fellow judge Anton du Beke was kinder in his remarks saying: “We want more of everything, so keep building on that performance. I think you will be one to watch.”

Craig scored Zara a very low three, Motsi Mabuse scored her a six, Shirley Ballas gave out a five as did Anton, giving her a total of 19 points, which left her sitting third from bottom on the leaderboard.

Zara was almost in tears following the performance, and exclaimed to Graziano: “I’m really happy, I am over the moon with it, and doing it with you, you are the best teacher ever.”

Boyfriend Sam Thompson and his best friend Pete Wicks showed up to support the former Love Island star, wearing shirts with Zara’s face emblazoned all over it.

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However, their plan to brandish homemade banners to cheer her on was scuppered when they were confiscated.

Eschewing any fancy flourishes both men opted for simple handwritten messages on white cards with Sam’s reading: “You’re our star, Love you xxx,” while Pete’s stated: “We love you Goose xxx.”

Unfortunately, Zara revealed to her 1.7 million Instagram followers on Sunday that they hadn’t been allowed bring them in by reposting an image of the two men holding encouraging boards captioned: “Shame the signs got confiscated.”

Strictly Come Dancing is on BBC One at 6.20pm Saturday.

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