Strictly newcomer Jowita Przystal admits it was a 'big challenge' teaching Adrian Chiles to dance 1

Strictly newcomer Jowita Przystal admits it was a ‘big challenge’ teaching Adrian Chiles to dance

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Strictly’s new professional Jowita Przystal has joked that she achieved a Christmas miracle by teaching her celebrity partner Adrian Chiles to dance.

The Polish ballroom dancer, 27, said she got the former One Host, 54, to lighten up and managed to convince him that he could perform, after he insisted he was ‘terrible’. 

Jowita, who makes her debut in the show’s Christmas special, said it was a ‘big challenge’ to get the TV presenter to smile and added that even stern judge Craig Revel Horwood felt it was a Christmas miracle.

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An achievement: Strictly's new professional Jowita Przystal has joked that she achieved a Christmas miracle by teaching her celebrity partner Adrian Chiles to dance

An achievement: Strictly’s new professional Jowita Przystal has joked that she achieved a Christmas miracle by teaching her celebrity partner Adrian Chiles to dance

She told The Sun: ‘I mean, to make him smile, that was a very big challenge.

‘The first day I met him he was so stressed, he told me that he can’t dance and he’s terrible.

‘But hour by hour, I found out that actually he can dance.’

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She insisted that it was Adrian’s confidence that was lacking, gushing that he did himself proud on the night and even managed to impress Craig, 56.

Jowita and Adrian will perform the American smooth on the festive show, and the dancer said they had rehearsed for eight hours a day without any break.

Festive: The Polish ballroom dancer, 27, said she got the former One Host, 54, to lighten up and managed to convince him that he could dance, after he insisted he was 'terrible'

Festive: The Polish ballroom dancer, 27, said she got the former One Host, 54, to lighten up and managed to convince him that he could dance, after he insisted he was ‘terrible’

Although he shone during the Christmas performance, Adrian struggled during rehearsals as he was forced to rush out on occasion due to feeling unwell.

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Meanwhile, Adrian announced that he will not be watching himself dancing on Strictly, saying he will opt to go for a walk instead.

The radio presenter said he cannot stand watching himself on television and admitted he was terrified when he started rehearsals.

He said his friends and family were completely horrified after he told them he would be appearing on the Christmas special, but said they were won over after seeing him train with Jowita.

He told the Mirror: ‘I’m 54, it might be too late to alter my mental state but this has been a wake-up call to actually just do that.’ 

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Cheer up! Jowita, who makes her debut in the show's Christmas special, said it was a 'big challenge' to get the TV presenter to smile

Cheer up! Jowita, who makes her debut in the show’s Christmas special, said it was a ‘big challenge’ to get the TV presenter to smile

Adrian previously joked: ‘Discouragingly, every one of my family and friends with whom I’ve shared this news, has reacted with horror. 

‘They can’t believe it I’m doing it, and neither can I. Thoughts and prayers with whichever poor dancer is lumbered with me.’ 

Elsewhere, Adrian admitted to accidentally breaking wind, while practising a lift with Jowita.

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Writing in The Sun, Adrian described his dancing skills, claiming: ‘I’ve got nothing against dancing, I just can’t do it. If I attempt to dance, at a party or something, I quickly become overwhelmed with shame. I find it nothing less than traumatic.’

Dance: Jowita and Adrian will perform the American smooth on the festive show, and the dancer said they had rehearsed for eight hours a day without any break

Dance: Jowita and Adrian will perform the American smooth on the festive show, and the dancer said they had rehearsed for eight hours a day without any break

Speaking about the embarrassing moment, he explained that he had eaten his breakfast rather too fast, but that Jowita kindly pretended not to notice.

He confessed: ‘Given my significant weight advantage, this was the one bit I was confident about. Such was my enthusiasm, the first time I executed the lift I’m afraid I inadvertently broke wind very loudly.’

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The star also discussed the famous ‘Strictly curse’ confessing that he felt it was ‘overstated’.

He said: ‘I for one was too terrified to feel any emotion other than, well, sheer terror. Intimacy? I gripped my partner Jowita Przystal like a drowning man might cling to driftwood. The poor woman may be marked for life, with my fingerprints.’ 

Contest: Adrian and Jowita will compete against the likes of Anne Marie (pictured with professional partner Graziano Di Prima, Moira Stuart and First Dates' Fred Sirieix

Contest: Adrian and Jowita will compete against the likes of Anne Marie (pictured with professional partner Graziano Di Prima, Moira Stuart and First Dates’ Fred Sirieix

Adrian and Jowita will compete against the likes of Anne Marie, Moira Stuart, former Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc, First Dates’ Fred Sirieix and The Repair Shop’s Jay Blades.

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Jowita has joined the popular BBC contest this year after impressing judges with her winning performance on The Greatest Dancer with Michael Danilczuk, her partner both on and off the stage. 

They were gifted a performance on Strictly as part of the prize and although she missed out on this year’s series, she was picked for the festive special. 

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special airs on Christmas Day at 5.10pm on BBC One. 

Rivals: Also competing on this year's festive special will be former Great British Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc

Rivals: Also competing on this year’s festive special will be former Great British Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc

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