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Thursday 17 January 2019

Strictly partner will be only man in my life -- Nancy

Strictly star Nancy Dell'Olio said her new dance partner will be the only man in her life while she is on the hit BBC ballroom show.

The Italian, who famously dated former England football boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, also said the dance show was bigger than its Saturday night ITV1 rival X Factor.

She said: "I'm not interested in men anymore -- I've just come here to focus on something new. It's all about the dancing.

"I will be bigger than the X Factor -- this is the biggest show on TV, that's why I've always wanted to do it."

Viewers will see the celebrities paired up with the professional dancers on Saturday night when the new series is launched.

Dell'Olio, who described herself as "the most famous Italian in the UK" after Sophia Loren, said: "My dance partner is going to have to be patient because I'm going to be hard work, and since he's now the only man in my life he'll have to learn to live with it."

The contestants, including former soccer bad boy Robbie Savage and The One Show presenter Alex Jones, made their dancefloor debuts during the recording of the launch show last night.

Also taking part are Rory Bremner, Audley Harrison, Lulu, Harry Judd, Dan Lobb, Jason Donovan, Russell Grant, Edwina Currie, Holly Valance, Chelsee Healey and Anita Dobson.

Former competitor Joe Calzaghe, who met his partner Kristina Rihanoff during a previous series, was in the audience, as were Judd's bandmates from McFly.

Meanwhile, Jason Donovan and Gary Barlow have laughed off the idea they are "Saturday night rivals".

The Australian actor and singer is about to take to the dancefloor on BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing, while Barlow has already made his debut as a judge on ITV1's X Factor.

Donovan said: "Gary and I have had a laugh about us being Saturday night rivals.

"I think Gary's position is far more steady than mine."

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