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Posted on January 9, 2015

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In the November issue of Dance TodayStrictly Come Dancing pro Natalie Lowe discussed her plans following Tim Wonnacott’s elimination 

web-7280288-high res-Well, there you have it: my very lovely Tim Wonnacott has been eliminated from the competition. After performing an entertaining paso he has left with his head held high. He also lasted longer than any other senior gentleman of any Strictly series. Week on week he kept saying how incredible he felt; every day he walked a little taller with a bit more spring in his step and a whopping big smile on his face. Tim embraced Strictly to the fullest and I couldn’t be prouder. Shame I couldn’t show you all what I had up my sleeve. I will have to save my ideas for next year!

But what a year it’s been – fun-filled entertainment from so many celebs with the likes of Jake Wood, Pixie Lott, Frankie Bridge just to name a few. The Strictly family is probably one of the strongest it’s ever been. The support and camaraderie between the celebs and pros is really something for everyone to be proud of – especially during the pressure cooker of live TV and all the other nerve-racking elements that most celebs have to encounter week on week.

So, as I write this, we’ve recently had Movie Week, which was fun! I must admit I really got a kick out of flying in from the heavens above as Mary Poppins to Bill Deamer’s “Step In Time” choreography, but I especially enjoyed dancing with Kevin Clifton as one of thenatalie and donny chimney sweeps. And we were also lucky to be joined by Dancing with the Stars winner Donny Osmond (pictured right). The next themed week will be Halloween, then Blackpool soon after, then something we haven’t done before – “Round the World”, so keep an eye out for that.

What’s in store for the rest of my year? Well, one would think I would take a back seat and watch everyone else do their thing, but no! I’ll be even busier than before… along with helping out other pros with their celebs, I’ll be performing in this year’s Children in Need, I’ll be on the couch every week with Zoë Ball for It Takes Two, taking part in the It Takes Two “Pro Challenges”, and performing in the weekly professional group dances. I’ll also be taking part in the Christmas special, which will be here before we know it, as it’s a pre-record for Christmas Day!

My Strictly highlight for 2014

My Strictly highlight this year so far has been performing an American smooth/quickstep with my fellow Aussie Trent Whiddon to Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga!

Fun fact!

Len Goodman receives more fan mail than anyone else! 

My beauty must-haves 

As my time on Strictly is very limited, here are my ten necessities to have on standby when getting ready in a rush:
l Face wipes
l Make-up pencil sharpener
l Lip conditioner or gloss
l Body spray moisturiser
l Saline eye drops
l Concealer
l Foundation (tinted moisturiser or mineral make-up)
l A good foundation brush
l A good blusher brush
l Mascara
l Double-ended eyebrow and eyeliner pencil
l Blusher/bronzer kit in one

Food for thought

Don’t drink away calories… My top tip is to avoid:

1 Fizzy drinks
2 Sweeteners
3 Anything with “diet” on it
4 Cordials
5 Concentrated juices 

Concentrated juices are the number one cause of weight gain, as there is no fibre in them. Drinks such as cranberry, orange and apple juice are just sugary water – even worse than fizzy drinks! If you really fancy a juice, pick pineapple every time – and then it should only be freshly squeezed and kept to a minimum. Always go for veggie juice over fruit. My favourite is a blend of carrot, cucumber, celery, beetroot and ginger. 

Most sports drinks are very sugary, too, so drink in moderation. If you’re exercising a lot or lacking in electrolytes, try hydration sachets. I also love coconut water. It is great if you are dehydrated as there is lots of potassium in it. No need for a banana!  

If you don’t like water, try adding a natural flavour to it, such as half an orange with mint, to entice you to have more. If I want to cheat a little, I’ll mix pineapple juice with sparkling water to dilute sugar content and minimise sweetness. Finally, everyone should drink green tea, as it’s a natural anti-inflammatory.  

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Photographs (from top): BBC/Natalie Lowe


Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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