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Absolutely bricking it Sara Davies overwhelmed ahead of movie week dance with Aljaz

Strictly: Sara Davies reveals they wake up at 5am for training

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Strictly Come Dancing’s Sara Davies has admitted she was “absolutely bricking it” while learning the steps to the Samba ahead of her third appearance on the popular BBC dance show. Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, the Dragon’s Den star revealed she felt “overwhelmed” when trying to get to grips with the routine, which will see her and her professional partner, Aljaz Skorjanec, perform a Shrek-themed dance on the programme’s Movie Week.

I was absolutely bricking it

Sara Davies

Last week, Sara wowed the judges with a moving Foxtrot, which led to her and Aljaz shooting to the top of the leaderboard.

However, after learning she was going to take on one of the most “horrid and difficult” dances, the businesswoman revealed she threw herself into getting the most out of dance rehearsals with Aljaz.

The star told how she faced an usually busy week outside of rehearsing for the show, which saw her spend a lot of time on her business.

Sara said: “I knew it was going to eat into training a lot – so we had a decent day Monday, then Tuesday we woke really early, we woke at 5am and danced until about 11am.

“Then I had to go to work, but I managed a few hours sleep before.

“We had a shorter training day on Wednesday as well,” Sara confessed.

She explained: “Given that its a dance that’s got like three times as many steps as the one last week, I was absolutely bricking it

“But I think we just went with quality time, over quantity this week.”

After the moving performance, the dancing duo shot up to fifth place on the combined leaderboard, after previously coming last the week before following their rendition of the Cha Cha.

Last week Sara and Aljaz performed the Foxtrot which was met with a standing ovation from the judges.

However, while speaking with Strictly presenter Claudia Winkleman, Sara looked horrified to learn the Samba was next on the agenda.

Addressing the moment she found out about her dance for week three, Sara said: “I was terrified, I think it’s got a reputation as being one of the most horrid and difficult dances.

“When you watch it on Strictly every year it looks so impressive, but so fast, which is a massively stark contrast to the previous week, so I was really nervous about it.”

Sara admitted she struggled to get to grips with the dance when Aljaz started teaching her the routine.

“I was quite overwhelmed on Monday trying to learn the steps.

“But I think once I got through the steps I started to trust in my knowledge of them a little bit more and work on a technique.”

When asked whether her recent ascent up the leaderboard had inspired her to win the show, Sara said she is planning on taking it week by week.

“I’m just trying to get through week three!” she added, laughing, before continuing: “My brain can’t even go that far!”

Sara went on: “Every dance is different and what I learnt last week is that Foxtrot really, really suits me and the week before, Cha Cha really, really didn’t suit me.

“So I guess we’ll find out this week,” she said, adding: “I feel really good about my Samba but really when it comes to the leaderboard it’s not about how good I feel about it.”

Strictly Come Dancing is on at 6.45pm this evening on BBC One.

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