Ruth Langsford was so paralyzed by “strictly terror” that she had to be “coaxed down” the stairwell.
RUTH LANGSFORD was paralyzed by “fear” on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017, according to her professional partner Anton Du Beke.
Ruth Langsford, who has been on This Morning and Loose Women, almost didn’t make it onto the dance floor for her first dance with Anton Du Beke on the BBC ballroom dancing show four years ago. The 61-year-old host has since stated that she was overcome with “blind panic” prior to her debut.
Her boyfriend has recently confessed that she suffers from “strictly terror.”
“It took four of us to get her down the large staircase,” Anton, 55, who will return as a judge for the 2021 series, stated.
“I was doing a raise one time when she murmured in my ear, ‘I can’t feel my legs, Anton.’ ‘Don’t put me down,’ says the narrator.
Fortunately, Ruth didn’t have to be concerned because the couple’s initial performance – a Waltz to This Nearly Was Mine – wowed the audience.
The TV presenter, according to the Strictly fan favorite, would often struggle in between live events as well.
In the training room, she would cry a lot while trying to learn the intricate dance routines.
“Teary Tuesdays, as Ruthie would call them. We experienced Weepy Wednesdays on occasion, too,” Anton told the Daily Mail.
The couple finished in a respectable eighth position in the competition.
During an appearance on the spin-off show It Takes Two, Ruth, who is no stranger to live television, discussed her stage fear.
“I was more than nervous,” she said to host Zoe Ball. This was a terrifying experience.
“I felt as if my feet had been nailed to the floor just by looking at Anton. I protested, “I can’t,” and he simply replied, “You can.”
“I couldn’t feel anything in my body… I was under the impression that I was walking on someone else’s legs.”
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Anton, who has been a part of the famous show since its inception in 2004, will take Bruno Tonioli’s position on the judging panel this year because the Italian judge is unable to travel owing to coronavirus limitations.
When the announcement of his appointment as a judge on the show was announced in June, the father-of-two said he was “absolutely delighted to bits.”
He’ll be joined by Craig Revel Horwood, one of the returning judges. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”