Angela Scanlon reveals she is struggling with injuries after a “difficult week” on Strictly Come Dancing

The Meath woman finished in the bottom two places in last week’s Strictly and is now hoping to improve her game to make it to Blackpool on Saturday.

“Blackpool is very iconic and we’re determined to make it to Blackpool and I think I’m really enjoying the challenge of getting back on my feet,” Angela said on ITV’s This Morning today.

“This beautiful architecture, the larger audience, the springy floor.”

The 39-year-old TV presenter survived the dance-off against actor Adam Thomas last weekend.

“It can be quite difficult. Last week we were both at the bottom of the leaderboard along with Adam, which is pretty painful, we worked really hard. “It was a difficult week for many reasons,” she remembers.

Angela Scanlon

“But I thought we did a really great performance. We really enjoyed it, we had a great time doing sambo, which I think is technically very difficult.”

Angela lives in north London with her husband Roy Horgan and their two young daughters.

Her dance partner in the show is Carlos Gu.

“You know, I get the girls packed up and out the door so he (Carlos) can sleep it off. Then we go to rehearsals, I’ve already put in a shift,” she smiles.

“Monday and Tuesday can be pretty intense because you’re working on technical steps, sometimes often the exact opposite of what you’ve drilled in the weeks before, so one week hips forward, now hips back, knees bent, knees right now, so unlearn and relearn, no naps.”

She really wanted to take part in Strictly.

“The appeal of Strictly for me was the physicality of it, having had two children. I thought that would be a big challenge, to get big and strong, and what I realized is that you recover emotionally after every single week, after that sometimes it’s not ideal, sometimes you’re as high as a Dragons,” she explains.

“And then to come back and put in so much effort and enthusiasm, it’s kind of amazing to be able to do that, and for me, that’s what I’m really committed to doing.”

But she suffered some injuries.

“I suffered a lot from blisters at first and feel like I have dancer’s feet, which people talk about with pride, but they’re pretty gross,” she notes.

“I’m dying at the moment because there’s a ballroom, we’re doing a waltz this week

“He says, ‘It doesn’t look natural.’ There’s literally nothing natural about it.”

She is looking forward to this Saturday.

“I’m very excited, very excited,” she beams. “The samba really scared me, I’m not going to lie. But it’s gone, it feels dreamy and romantic, it’s very slow and it’s quite fairytale-like.”


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