Strictlys Nikita Kanda admits she failed a lot as she opens up on childhood

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Nikita Kanda has opened up about her childhood as she opened up about “failing a lot” at school.

The Strictly Come Dancing contestant made a return to the college she attended to speak to current students about her experiences in TV and on radio.

Sharing a post about the experience, Nikita said it was “humbling” to remember where she started but admitted she could cause chaos in classes.

In a snap shared on her Instagram page, Nikita posed with two teachers as they pulled a variety of funny faces.

She captioned the post: “I went back to my old school today. I was invited to give a speech to 500 students about my career as a broadcaster since leaving & never giving up on your dreams.

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“It was a proper trip down memory lane. I was just as chaotic then as I am now.

“I knew all I wanted to do was work in media and be on radio&TV. I wasn’t the best student, I failed a lot but the teachers didn’t let me give up.

“They believed in me at a time when I didn’t. Mr Walsh and Mr Jones always had my back and I couldn’t of got through my school years/sixth form without their support.

“I can’t tell you how much I did their head in and used to talk in all my lessons distracting everyone.”

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Nikita continued: “It was such a honour to be able to go back, a really humbling experience.

“There are some people that will always leave a lasting impression on your life, these guys did that.

“If you’re a student reading this don’t wish your school years away, they were some of my best and listen to your teachers!

“Life goes by in a flash but don’t ever forget where you came from and who was there from the beginning. I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now without them.”

Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals Tour is hitting the road once again in May 2024, with a star-studded line-up. Dianne Buswell, Graziano Di Prima, Gorka Marquez and Nancy Xu are just a few of the names hitting cities around the country, including London, Cardiff, Liverpool and Brighton to name just a few. 

Earlier this month Nikita announced she would be on Strictly Come Dancing on her Breakfast Show on the Asian Network.

She said of signing up: “I can’t believe I’m going to be on Strictly. This is a dream come true. I’m still pinching myself.

“I don’t think it will properly sink in until I step onto the dancefloor. I can’t wait to get glammed up and get out there. Throw the glitter on me!”

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One later this year.

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