Strictly’s Rhys Stephenson ‘backs’ himself as he addresses previous experience

BBC presenter and Strictly Come Dancing star Rhys Stephenson burst onto screens on Saturday night after it emerged he will be competing with professional dancer, Nancy Xu.

However, the presenter believes he may have an advantage when it comes to his co-stars, admitting that he had previously learnt dance routines during his youth.

Rhys, 27, has previously said that he has "good rhythm" and believes he could go far in the competition as he competes alongside the likes of Judi Love and Olympic legend, Adam Peaty.

The Newsround presenter said: "I back myself I’ve got a good rhythm," before admitting that he has trained in dance before.

He continued: "I’ve always enjoyed dancing I've always had fun with it and in school, I did street dancing, learning a routine is not new to me but I haven't done that kind of stuff in a little while.

"But I'm always ready to get in there and learn a routine and dance."

The Express reports that Rhys went on to say: "But all the time it's always been on my own I've never really done a routine where I've had to hold someone or lift someone.

"I trust my partner as well that's where my strength is going to come from."

While he may be known as a children's presenter, the star who is managed by former Strictly contestant Joe Sugg admits that he will not ditch his cheeky persona.

However, he was keen to make clear that despite his hectic schedule and newfound fame, he has no intentions of turning his back on presenting.

"I can't just abandon CBBC, I probably won't be on as much, obviously because I'll be rehearsing, but I can't stay away from Hacker The Dog that long," he said.

Rhys also admitted that he was "buzzing" to slip into some shiny clothes and take to the famous BBC dancefloor.

He said: "I have dreamt about being on this show, and I know for a fact that it is going to exceed every expectation.

"I cannot wait to experience it all: the costumes, the orchestra, even Craig's glare! I am READY!"

Addressing the dance routines he now faces, Rhys admits that this is something he is looking forward to as it will shock viewers.

"I can’t wait to kind of scare people," he joked before adding: "I want people to look and go 'Oh, that’s a bit intense, I didn't know Rhys could do that!'"

Strictly Come Dancing continues this Saturday on BBC One

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