Kate Garraway: GMB host issues stark warning to co-star Ranvir Singh amid Strictly move
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Good Morning Britain host Ranvir Singh, 43, was announced as one of the 12 contestants to be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing last month. The ITV anchor’s co-star Kate Garraway, 53, took part in the BBC show in 2007, where she was partnered with Anton Du Beke.
Ranvir has now revealed the warning she received from Kate who explained she needs to take the show “seriously from the beginning”.
The mum-of-two’s advice comes after Kate previously competed on the dancing competition but was eliminated from the competition in week seven.
Ranvir is due to hit the dancefloor in a matter of weeks alongside a host of famous faces which includes; comedian Bill Bailey, boxer Nicola Adams and EastEnders’ star Maisie Smith.
Taking heed of the GMB host’s warning, Ranvir explained: “Kate [Garraway] said, ‘You realise a few weeks in how serious the training is, so don’t miss the opportunity to really hit the ground running and take it seriously right at the beginning’.”
The broadcaster was not the only ITV colleague who offered the Strictly contestant some words of advice.
GMB frontwoman Susanna Reid also sent her support to Ranvir following her own experience on Strictly.
The TV anchor told her colleague the dance routines she should try to avoid on the programme.
“I think Susanna Reid’s immediate advice was at all costs to try and avoid the Cha Cha and the Samba,” Ranvir commented. “But I don’t know if I can avoid them!”
Susanna competed on Strictly back in 2013 alongside professional dancer Kevin Clifton.
Meanwhile, Ranvir has spoken out about the real reason she decided to sign up for the programme.
The broadcaster admitted she wanted to learn a new skill and take up a “challenge”.
She explained: “I think the reason is that it’s the most joyous programme and you know that it’s a real privilege to be asked to be on it.
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“It’s a real milestone, it’s a career high – it’s everything isn’t it?”
Ranvir continued: “Strictly is about actually learning a skill. I haven’t learned anything from scratch for years.
“I just have my head down and worked really hard and now all of a sudden, there’s this beautiful chance to learn something completely different from scratch.”
She added: “I hope my brain works, my body works and I’m up for a challenge.”
Meanwhile, the ITV political editor has confirmed she’s split from her husband just weeks before her Strictly Come Dancing debut.
Ranvir shares a son called Tushaan, eight, with her ex Ranjeet Singh Dehal.
She told Woman And Home magazine: “It’s hard work being a working single parent.
“I struggle with an enormous amount of guilt with my son and not being there when he goes to school. We’re very attached to one another because it’s just me and him.”
Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One later this month.
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