The former Emmerdale actress has confessed that she would like to make it to Blackpool during this year's competition but her dance partner has warned she will have to work hard to get there.
Speaking to Radio Times about why she decided to sign up, the 32-year-old explained: "My mum! But it took me a while.
"Then I saw a line in Oprah Winfrey's book: 'If you can sit it out or dance, I hope you choose to dance.'"
Gemma went on to add that she is by far one of the least competitive but admitted: "I'd love to get to Blackpool.Related articles
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"It's my birthday that weekend and I had so many amazing childhood holidays there."
However, Alijaz warned that getting to the prestigious ballroom won't be a walk in park.
"Gemma has a lot of potential, but every