Caroline Quentin of Strictly Come Dancing says it’s a myth that contestants lose “four stones in four days” because she revealed she only lost a pound and a half.
The Men actress Behaving Badly, 60, who alongside her partner Johannes Radebe danced the cha cha on Fontella Bass’s Rescue Me on Saturday, admitted she was “stunned” at her inability to lose weight.
She said: “I don’t think it really changed my life. It hasn’t really changed me much physically.
“I’m a little stronger, but all the rumors of losing four stones in four days are absolutely false.
“I worked more than five weeks and lost a pound and a half.
“I am stunned. I am actually stunned. I’m really kidding but I’m quite surprised because I move from dawn to dusk.
“Has it changed my life that way? Not really, no.
“But the best thing that has happened to me is I met this person called Johannes and I really love him.”
She also addressed the candidates’ mood after the departure of boxer Nicola Adams and professional dancer Katya Jones, who were forced to leave the competition after Jones tested positive for coronavirus.
Quentin said: “I have to say that we are really a very happy group.
“We’re very nice and kinda supportive and very nice, and the worst part is saying goodbye to lovely people like Max and Katya and all that, Jacqui and all.”
“But we move forward, we are strong in our hearts with momentum in our walk towards hopefully good news from the government about Christmas.
“I think that’s what everyone is focusing on.”
Ballet no advantage
Quentin, who took ballet lessons as a child, dismissed claims that his training gave him an edge over his co-stars.
She said, “I studied ballet when I was a little girl and when you dance you are taught to turn your feet and the very first thing I learned here is that your feet should be parallel so that ‘is great “.
“The only thing I really thought was helping was the thing I was told on my very first dance.
“On the other hand, there is also a benefit, I think, which probably has to do with driving and carrying yourself and maybe using weapons and things like that.
“So it’s probably really swings and roundabouts.
“I think it’s useful but then a lot of things are useful. Being quite musical helps a bit because you can follow a rhythm.
“I like to learn things because it’s the most useful thing, because I spend a lot of time with Johannes trying to make me learn things that are not my skills.”
Strictly Come Dancing continues on TBEN One.