Strictly backstage exclusive!

We go behind the Strictly Come Dancing scenes with Woman magazine and hear what celeb jockey Richard Dunwoody and his dance partner Lilia Kopylova have to say about the show!

Competing in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing with top jockey Richard, professional dancer Lilia says she immediately got great vibes from other contestant Natalie Cassidy.

‘She’s just such a warm and welcoming girl! Just very normal and friendly. She’s got a really good aura around her,’ she explains.

The dancer also sang the praises of another Strictly hopeful, actress Lynda Bellingham who is the oldest contestant competing in this year’s show.

‘Lynda’s got so much energy, she’s up for anything! She’s so unlike any of the older contestants we’ve had on Strictly. She’s up for the challenge!’

Dancing with Lilia’s husband Darren Bennett who describes her as ‘fiery’, Lynda’s already a big hit on Strictly. Let’s hope she’s a big hit with the judges too!

To find out why Lilia refuses to be Richard’s horse, and catch up on more backstage gossip watch these exclusive videos!

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