Greg Rutherford, 32, has been eagerly watching this year’s batch of Strictly Come Dancing dazzle on the dance floor following his stint back in 2016. Having made it to week nine of the BBC competition, the athlete knows exactly what it’s like backstage and has revealed all in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.
The gold-medal winning olympian was a contestant three years ago when he danced with former professional Natalie Lowe, 39.
Although the long jump champion has appeared on several reality programmes since his time on Strictly, he will always remember his time on the show.
When celebrities sign up, they’re all hoping to get their hands on the Glitterball Trophy which can make the atmosphere backstage “stressful,” as Greg details.
“You’re all in the same boat during the entire process so while you’re there, everybody has the same concerns, the same fears and I think it’s difficult.”
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Strictly Come Dancing 2019: Former star spills all on what it's really like backstage (Image: BBC )
Strictly Come Dancing: Greg Rutherford and Natalie Lowe competed back in 2016 (Image: BBC)
“Apart from the people who are pretty much professionals themselves, but then again, everybody finds it really, really hard,” he continued.
“It’s stressful and emotional.”
However, the athlete explained how the contestants support each other through the process and as the finals arrive on the horizon.
“You generally always form a WhatsApp group in the year you’re in so you’re all talking and then you start discussing how hard it’s been for you.”
Strictly Come Dancing: Greg Rutherford and Natalie Lowe made it to week nine (Image: BBC)
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It’s stressful and