Fred Sirieix asked Olympic diver’s daughter Andrea for advice on Strictly Christmas special
Fred Sirieix reveals he sought advice from inspirational Olympic diver Andrea, as he battled through grueling special workouts Strictly Come Dancing Christmas
Fred Sirieix turned to his Olympic diver daughter Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix for advice in an effort to help him make the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special a success.
The First Dates star, 49, is scheduled to perform with professional dancer Dianne Buswell, 32, on the show, which airs on December 25.
And the butler was inspired by Andrea who competed with the GB team at the Toyko Summer Olympics this year, the 17-year-old drawing on her athletic background to give him some tips for get through grueling workouts. .
In it to earn it? Fred Sirieix, 49, and Dianne Buswell, 32 (pictured), will take part in the Strictly Christmas special, with Fred asking his Olympic diver daughter Andrea, 17, for training tips.
Fred told the Mirror: “When I started the rehearsals I used to joke that it was like representing France at the Olympics. I have been showing Andrea the dances since day one of the rehearsals and she m ‘said, “Daddy, you just need to focus,” which was his main advice.
“She has been very supportive of me, has seen my improvements and has been very encouraging.”
Andrea finished seventh in the women’s 10m platform diving final at the 2020 Tokyo Games, which took place in 2021 after being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Inspiration: Fred said he remembers his daughter’s “positive mental attitude” and confidence as he struggled through Strictly’s grueling workouts
Competitive: Andrea finished seventh in the women’s 10m platform diving final at the 2020 Tokyo Games, which took place in 2021 after being postponed due to the pandemic
And while Fred was unable to make it to Japan to watch his daughter compete, he said he was impressed with the attitude that helped her succeed in his sport as he watched her on TV. at home, remembering her “positive mental attitude” to Strictly.
He said: “When I was getting ready for Strictly I was thinking about her and her confidence because she was there and she did it, and now I have to do it and play something really hard for a wide. public.”
Fred and Dianne will perform a quickstep to Shakin ‘Stevens 1985 hit Merry Christmas Everyone.
Family Affair: And while Fred was unable to make it to Japan to see his daughter compete, he said he was in awe of the attitude that helped her reach, remembering it for Strictly
Born to perform: Fred will face comedian Mel Giedroyc in the competition as she dances with Neil Jones
However, rehearsals for three weeks before the show’s filming took their toll on Fred.
He said his feet were bloody and he vomited after a particularly intense day of rehearsals.
The TV personality also lost half a stone in weight, but still pushed, training until 11pm some nights.
Fred will face The Repair Shop star Jay Blades, TV presenters Mel Giedroyc and Adrian Chiles, and news anchor Moira Stuart.
The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special will air on BBC One on Christmas Day at 5:10 pm.
Stars with glittering toes: Jay Blades of The Repair Shop is also set to take to the BBC ballroom dance competition floor with pro Luba Mushtuk