‘I’m really awkward’: Coronation Street star Katie McGlynn insists she’s ‘not a sexy person’ and is dreading learning passionate routines on Strictly
Katie McGlynn has insisted she’s ‘not a sexy person’ and is dreading learning passionate dance routines on Strictly.
The former Coronation Street star, 28, says she’ll have to ‘morph’ into a different person when performing sultry numbers like the Rumba, which is known for the dancer’s erotic hip movements.
In a new interview, Katie admitted she’s relieved the Strictly experience will be a fun change from her ‘draining’ final storyline on the ITV soap, where her character Sinead Tinker died of cervical cancer.
‘It’s going to be interesting’: Katie McGlynn has insisted she’s ‘not a sexy person’ and is dreading learning passionate dance routines on Strictly
Katie said: ‘I am just not a sexy person. I am really awkward. I am just hoping on the day I can morph into a different character because I am just quite an awkward person so, it’s going to be interesting.
‘I’m most looking forward to the dresses, all the outfits, and I’m hoping I’ll stay in until Halloween because I love dressing up. As soon as I get my fake tan on and all my sequins I’ll feel like a princess.’
Speaking about her time on the Cobbles, Katie said: ‘I love doing challenging storylines, that’s what I do in normal day-to-day work, I like playing other people but when it’s serious it can drain you and I am normally a positive, fun person.
‘I always find the funny side of the most tragic events, I try to see the positive side and laugh at stuff instead of being upset so, Strictly is my cup of tea all over.
‘I’m really awkward’: The former Coronation Street star says she’ll have to ‘morph’ into a different person when performing sultry numbers like the Rumba
‘I love dressing up’: Katie, who shared a photo from Strictly host Tess Daly’s dressing room, predicts she’ll feel like a ‘princess’ after undergoing her makeover for the show
‘I want to smile, and I want to laugh and have a good time and hopefully make some lifelong friends along the way.
‘I am very nervous but very excited for the viewers to see a different side to me because I’ve always played a character and read from a script and done storylines so, for me to come out as myself is very nerve wracking so, I’m very nervous about it more than anything.’
Katie will be taking inspiration from the late Caroline Flack’s Strictly experience, after she won the competition in 2014.
She’s also sought advice from former Corrie co-star Catherine Tyldesley, 37, who competed on the dance show in 2019, as well as 2012 contestant Lisa Riley, 45.
‘Challenging’: Katie admitted she’s relieved the Strictly experience will be a fun change from her ‘draining’ final storyline on Coronation Street, where her character died of cancer
Katie said: ‘Caroline Flack was just incredible, if you watch her journey throughout it, she was insanely amazing.
‘All my friends have been brilliant, Lisa Riley, all of them. I love the stories where they’re not dancers and they learn and they’re the underdog throughout the series and they pull it together near the end.
‘My friend Catherine Tyldesley did it a couple of years ago and she gave me sound advice to enjoy every minute of it, she said to relax and to remember I’ll know the routine by Friday or Saturday, and it doesn’t feel like you’re going to at the beginning, but it all comes together, and to enjoy it as much as possible.
‘I messaged Lisa when I knew, she said the same thing, to relax and enjoy it and be myself.’
- Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 18th September on BBC One
STRICTLY COME DANCING 2021: WHO ARE THE CONTESTANTS?
Profession: McFly musician
Tom says: ‘I’m so pleased the news is out it’s been so hard keeping it secret. Equal parts excited and terrified.’
Fun fact: Tom’s McFly bandmate Harry Judd won Strictly Come Dancing in 2011. Tom’s wife Giovanna Fletcher is the reigning champion of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
Profession: Actor and comedian
Robert says: ‘It’s very exciting but with a slight undertone of quivering terror.’
Fun Fact: Robert squeezed into a shiny leotard to take the title of Let’s Dance For Comic Relief in 2009, performing What A Feeling from ’80s film Flashdance, beating the likes of Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness to the title.
Profession: CBBC presenter
Rhys says: ‘I have dreamt about being on this show, and I know for a fact that it is going to exceed every expectation’
Fun fact: Rhys has been an actor since the age of ten, performing alongside Matt Smith and Hugh Bonneville.
Katie says: ‘I’m really not a dancer, but I’m so excited to learn a new skill on this crazy journey and cannot wait to slip into some sequins along the way.’
Fun fact: Katie, who played Sinead Tinker in Corrie, won a NTA for Best Serial Drama Performance in 2020.
Profession: CBBC presenter
Tilly says: ’I’m going to put my heart and soul into this and can’t wait to get my dancing shoes on!’
Fun fact: Tilly’s father is celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and the pair often star in dancing TikTok videos.
Nina says: ‘I think I should do this before I’m too old and can’t walk anymore. I just want to grab life by the horns and just enjoy it.’
Fun fact: Nina is a JDRF Ambassador and was awarded an OBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List.
Adam says: ‘I’m really looking forward to doing something totally different and challenging myself away from the pool.’
Fun fact: Adam becoming the first British swimmer to defend an Olympic title at Tokyo 2020.
Profession: Rugby player and sports pundit
Ugo says: ‘What a dream come true! Strictly is the biggest entertainment show on TV and I can’t wait to show everyone I’ve got more than just dad dancing moves.
Fun fact: Beginning his rugby career at Harlequins in 2002, Ugo went on to make 241 appearances for the club where he scored 89 tries, won a Premiership and made his England debut in 2008.
Profession: TV presenter
AJ says: ‘I think it’s going to be really challenging. I can’t wait for the sequins, the wigs, the glitz and the glamour.’
Fun Fact: Apocalypse Wow hosts AJ has featured on a whopping 14 TV shows this year, competing in the likes oF Cooking With The Stars and Celebrity Karaoke Club. She has appeared as a panelist on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two in the past, too.
Profession: Great British Bake Off Winner and TV chef
John says: ‘I’m so grateful, excited, and nervous to be joining the Strictly 2021 family… I’ve been wearing sequins and jazzy attire since I was three years old and can’t wait to hurl myself, full throttle, around the most glamorous dance floor on earth’
Fun Fact: John is set tp be part of the first ever all-male partnering – the first in 17 years of the show.
Sara says: ‘I’m really nervous because so far the producers keep asking me if I can dance… Truth be told – I haven’t got a clue! I’ve not danced since I did ballet lessons when I was little.’
Fun fact: Sara was the youngest ever dragon on BBC show Dragons’ Den.
Dan says: ‘I’m enjoying the experience when it starts of learning to dance. I’ll be honest I’m not making room on any shelves in my house for the glitterball.’
Fun fact: Dan recently quit Football Focus after 12 years at the helm and has been covering Tokyo Olympics.
Greg says: ‘It’s about being out there and exposing yourself as someone who can’t dance, and learning.’
Fun fact: Greg is married to the actress Emma Thompson who he met while filming Sense and Sensibility.
Rose says: ‘I hope I will do the deaf community proud and break down more barriers. I am also very excited to learn an incredible new skill.’
Fun fact: Rose will make history as Strictly’s first deaf contestant.
Judi says: ‘I’m truly looking forward to pushing myself in something that I could have only dreamed of doing and now it’s actually coming true!’
Fun fact: Judi began comedy when she performed a set in front of her class for a degree module.