By Stephanie Soteriou and Mary Gallagher
There’s not long to go until the Strictly Come Dancing class of 2017 hit our screens, with the first episode airing later tonight where the nervous celebrities will find out which professional dancer they have been paired with for the series.
It’s safe to say that fans could not be more excited for the launch, with this year’s celebrity line-up being far from disappointing – boasting the likes of Aston Merrygold, Alexandra Burke, and EastEnders’ hunk Davood Ghadami.
Catching up with Davood earlier this week, the star admitted that he was looking forward to pulling on his dancing shoes – and even teased that he might be convinced to get his kit off for the show.
Speaking exclusively to Yahoo Celeb UK, Davood shared: “I’m really excited about what’s coming up, there’s always something to look forward to and it seems like a non-stop rollercoaster.
“It’s hard when you think about it but when it comes to doing it you realise how fun it is.”
When asked if he’d be willing to flash his abs on the BBC show like he does in ‘Enders, Davood laughed: “Well, if the dance calls for it and if it’s the right kind of dance…
“Maybe later on in the competition, if in week four, five it calls for someone to get their kit off then I will.”
Davood, who plays Kush Kazemi in EastEnders, is far from the first cast member of the popular soap to swap Albert Square for the ballroom, with the likes of Jake Wood, Kellie Bright, and Tameka Empson competing in the past, and they have been keen to give Davood some tips.
Speaking about balancing his EastEnders and Strictly commitments, Davood told us: “I won’t be taking a break per so, hopefully it’s going to be slightly quiet storyline-wise but plenty of EastEnders’ actors have managed to juggle both so I am hoping to follow in their footsteps.
“They’ve done really well in the past, they’ve all set the bar really high and they’re so excited for me doing this and have a great wealth of information and knowledge to pass down to me.
“It’s such a big deal and they all had great fun doing it and they want me to have the same.”
Especially actress Bonnie Langford, who plays Davood’s onscreen mum Carmel Kazemi and is a professional dancer.
He shared: “Bonnie couldn’t help herself, as soon as she found out she ran at me and we did a little dance.
“Needless to say I wasn’t very good – I don’t think she was particularly impressed but it’s early days.”
We’re sure that Davood will pick up the moves in no time.
Strictly Come Dancing kicks off tonight at 7pm on BBC One.