The soap star named the late TV presenter who won the Glitter Ball in 2014 as he biggest inspiration on the dancefloor.
The former 'Corrie' star says she won't be at the centre of any 'Strictly curse' rumours this year.
The actor had to pull out of the panto after she was struck down with a virus.
The star made a permanent exit from 'Coronation Street' a few months ago.
The soap star said that she knew her request would leave her jobless, but that it would be worth it.
Katie McGlynn joins Faye Brookes, Tristan Gemmill and long-standing cast member Kym Marsh, who have all announced that they are leaving 'Coronation Street' in recent months.