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Strictly's Faye Tozer: 'I Show Everyone My Lovely Top Line After A Few Champagnes'

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For Faye Tozer, the journey to getting on Strictly Come Dancing was a long one.

The Steps legend was knocking on the producers’ door for 10 years before she finally got the call to audition for the show in 2017.

“This was when I literally fainted,” Strictly superfan Faye tells HuffPost UK. “I’d wanted to do it forever and I’d finally got the chance to.”

After decades of doing the Tragedy routine with Steps, Faye got to showcase a whole new side of herself when she glided on the Strictly floor with professional partner Giovanni Pernice.

The pair had an electric partnership that took them all the way to the final, creating one of the show’s most iconic routines ever along the way.

It saw them dancing to Peggy Lee’s Fever dressed as skeletons during Halloween Week, and it was the first Jazz performance in Strictly history, after the then-controversial introduction of Couple’s Choice. It was a risk, Faye says. But one that paid off.

“We didn’t know whether it was going to bomb massively or if people would go, ‘OK, this is something new and we like it and accept it’. For us, we were taking a massive, massive chance,” she recalls. “Giovanni had never done anything like it.. but it all seemed to come together.

“It was one of the hardest routines I did because of the back bending and weird jumpy moves. I looked like a tarantula – it was very strange!”

In the second instalment of our Back To The Ballroom interview series, Faye reflects on her Strictly journey, detailing how the show led to Steps’ collaboration with Michelle Visage and revealing the top tip for painful feet that this year’s contestants will be dying to know.

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