Ranvir Singh on Piers Morgan’s ‘secret’ reaction to Strictly stint: ‘He’s not a softie’

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Strictly Come Dancing 2020 is well underway and Ranvir Singh, 43, and her pro partner Giovanni Pernice, 30, have taken the show by storm. With a loyal fan base behind her, she revealed there’s another person who’s been “secretly supportive” behind the scenes.

He likes to gloat on air, but he’s been supportive privately

Ranvir Singh

Her Good Morning Britain colleague Piers Morgan has been backing her all the way and Ranvir couldn’t be more thankful.

In a recent interview, she admitted: “He’s actually secretly incredibly supportive.

“He likes to gloat on air, but he’s been supportive privately.

“He’s not a softie in real life, but he is who he is. He wants us all to do well, to be honest.”

And Piers isn’t the only one who’s had her back since her debut on the BBC annual extravaganza.

In fact, she’s been receiving tips from more of her ITV pals, including This Morning host Ruth Langsford and Charlotte Hawkins who took part in the show in 2017, and Susanna Reid who took to the dance floor in 2013.

“There’s been lots of good advice from them all, basically just to throw yourself into it, give it everything you’ve got, and see where you go,” Ranvir beamed.

But Strictly has become more to the GMB presenter than just another challenge to overcome.

Speaking in a recent interview, she admitted the show and her partner Giovanni have been pivotal in building her confidence.

“It’s not really about weight actually or anything like that,” she said.

“It’s more just the fact that you’re using your body at quite a rate that I’ve never used it before.”

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She confessed she’s never been into her fitness or enjoyed exercise, but the gruelling training schedule has made her realise her body is capable of a lot more.

“I write myself off quite a lot, but Strictly is reigniting a small modicum of pride in what my body can achieve, even though I take ill upon it. I think that’s the joy of Strictly.

“It’s a big moment in anybody’s life. It’s invigorating, it’s exhilarating, and you feel incredibly lucky.”

The 43-year-old also admitted her on-air role helped her prepare for performing on live TV, something she admitted she had never done before.

“I’ve never danced on live TV before, but Gio just tells me to forget about everyone else and focus on what we’re doing,” she told The Sun.

“To be honest, I love the pressure, and I think that probably does come from what I do in my day job, doesn’t it? Everything is now or never.

“Most of my life in journalism has been about live television, so I suppose that is a real bonus.

“I’m happy about that, because I came with nothing else for Giovanni. This is my only offer to him, my ability to cope with live TV.

“In that sense, at least for him, he can trust me that I can hopefully deliver what we’ve tried to achieve in the last week.”

GMB airs weekday mornings at 6am on ITV and Strictly continues on Saturday at 7:10pm on BBC One.

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