If you’re gonna do a job, do it properly.
The thing with perfection is that it’s never perfect.
Why does everyone need to have a label?
I think for a female celebrity the Samba is one of the hardest dances to feel relaxed, to feel kind of sexy and running around the room doing the technique of a very hard dance.
Focus is the secret to success. Focus and enjoying whatever it is you’re doing.
For me, it’s all about keeping an open mind; if you are always learning then you are always improving.
When I do a job, I like to throw myself fully into it.
I know certain pro dancers would like to dance with a woman because that is what tradition is, and it kind of makes sense but it is very much down to someone’s personal opinion of what Ballroom and Latin dancing actually is.
I care more about Curtis than I do about selfies and looking good.
You never know how times will change in where you are in your life.
I think that it is mad that everything always has to have a label – whether it be the clothes by designers, or whether you are in a relationship or not. Everybody always wants to have that label when it is not always necessary.
As long as you’re happy, I think that is the main thing. It’s something people forget way too often these days getting so stressed thinking about what other people’s opinions are or what they need to do tomorrow.
My brother and I had a wonderful mentor when we were younger who helped fund our dancing career so we could travel the world.
For me, exercise is a form of meditation and I find it very calming.
I exercise every day, whether it’s weight sessions in the gym, runs wearing a 20kg weighted vest, or going for long walks.
I feel really passionate now that talking with family, friends, or a counsellor is the way to deal with negative situations and difficult times.
I’m a very positive person, glass half full.
I’m ready to conquer anything thrown at me.
I think the thing is resolving problems rather than letting them fester.
I don’t see myself going back to ‘Strictly’ as a professional in the same capacity as I started. But I’ll definitely keep dancing.
If I do the same thing each year, that feels like I am sat on a shelf, and mentally that wouldn’t be wise.
I’ve been smart with my money and own a property in London so I’m very happy, and I’ve got a nice car.
I’m good at keeping my physical health. My brain is not allowed to have injuries, neither is my body.
I’m the sort of person – for example coming off ‘Strictly’ – I make decisions, then I just deal with them and I go with them 100 per cent.
I like my extreme sports.
I love being around gay people, going to gay clubs.
From the age of 12 when I decided to dance in high school, everyone was saying, ‘Oh, you’re a dancer,’ and there was that kind of stigma about it.
I like to think I’ve got some nice glutes here.
I never try to look for love but sometimes it finds me.
I just live my life – but the support from the gay community is always fantastic. It’s really great because they are always the best people to always be around.
Stick to your heart.
If someone comes up to me and asks me for a photo, if they do it politely, I’m always going to say yes.
At the end of the day, I’m my own person.
Things always change and you can’t ever say never, because you don’t know what is around the corner.
Gay, straight, young, older – everyone enjoys what I do.
I went to see ‘The Greatest Dancer’ when it was filmed in Birmingham. And they announced the show’s judges’ names and then Curtis’ name. The crowd went wild.
We should all just do what makes us happy and be open.
It doesn’t bother me or Curtis being questioned about our sexuality and it probably happens more because we’re dancers. That stereotype is disappearing, but people always made ignorant, short-sighted comments when we were growing up.
Who wouldn’t fall in love with me?
I think Phillip Schofield would be great on ‘Strictly.’ He got up on ‘This Morning’ once with Holly and did a bit of a boogie and he can dance, and he is entertaining, and he is such a nice guy.
My view is, for example with Ballroom and Latin, they do same sex competitions for under 12s and there are usually more girls than boys who want to dance and so there would be all-girl partnerships.
With FutureLearn there are so many free courses and we like learning all the time.
My dad told me, ‘Whatever you do, don’t dance. Do something else. Do anything else.’ He knew how much hard work you have to put in, how hard it is to make a living, and he didn’t want me to do it.
I do something to win it or I don’t do it at all.
I don’t give things up until I’ve conquered them and my focus went onto dancing and winning.
The good thing about Curtis is he’s very confident and secure in himself, so he doesn’t waste his energy on any negative comments.
The thing is, with doing our TV show ‘Strictly,’ and ‘Stand Up For Cancer’ and any shows I do for TV, it’s always so positive.
I like to be very much in control.
Within the dancing world, where we come from, there’s a lot of same-sex partners as in, young girls dancing because there’s not always enough boys to dance.
When it comes down to dance, dance is about movement to music.
Dance is about portraying and telling a story and whether that be two males, two females, a group of guys, or a group of girls, it doesn’t matter as long as the story is beautiful.
People are going to make their own minds up, and seeing how happy people are together and how much fun they’re having, people are always going to think ‘ooh are they in a relationship? They look so happy together.’
I get to perform in front of millions of people on Saturday nights, I get to choreograph and dance and nothing can bring me down.
I’ve had four fantastic years on ‘Strictly Come Dancing,’ but for us it’s about moving forward and the end goal is to present a shiny-floored Saturday night TV show that we all love, for example, ‘Strictly,’ ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ – those sort of shows.
There are dances you can do separately – your charleston, your jive.
It’s always been a dream of mine to have my own show.
Peter Pan has been one of my dream roles since I was a child.
My brother is my best friend by choice and a superman.
I want to have my own brand and there were things I couldn’t do because of the ‘Strictly’ brand and the time involved.
I want to show people what I’m about – not just, ‘Here’s my celebrity partner this year that I’m going to showcase.’
I did have to turn down things in the past, which I was upset about sometimes, but I understood I was part of ‘Strictly Come Dancing.’
If I’m hungry, I get very angry. If I don’t have caffeine, my coffee or my energy drink, I get even more angry. Then I like to snack, then I get more angry because I’ve had a snack.
Seeing my dad crying is the worst.
This endless violence in the U.K. has to stop.
I had four fantastic years on ‘Strictly’ and they were honestly the best moments of my life – meeting friends, just seeing the whole team work.
Sir Bruce Forsyth, God rest his soul, he could dance, he could entertain, he could do whatever was asked of him.
I want to be one of those old-fashioned entertainers.
I watched ‘Strictly’ and thought, ‘That’s pretty cool.’ But as a child, this was the show that I was like, ‘Oh, my god. I want to go on ‘I’m A Celeb.”
I like to be very, very regimented and very OCD in my routine.
I exercise to stay physically fit.
I like to be in bed by nine and asleep by ten. I like to wake up early, go to the gym at 7am, that’s my regime.
Me and my brother are so focused on working together, building our careers.
People see me with sparkles and fake tan but nobody knows what I am like!
Doing ‘I’m A Celebrity’ is a childhood dream come true.
I am unbelievably competitive and whatever the challenge is, I will go for it. I will give everything 110 per cent.
I really appreciate life and I never take anything for granted.
I loved being a part of ‘Celebrity MasterChef.’ The process was scary and I was so out of my comfort zone but I’ve learnt so much. Doing something I’d never done before put me in the position of the celebs on ‘Strictly’ and because of that experience, I think i’ll be a better teacher because of it.
You can’t be in the zone in front of 12 million people, you’ve got to be chill.
People ask me all the time what do I do workout-wise and how I keep in shape.
When I am doing cardio I lose my muscle really fast because it just kills it. That’s why I have to do weights in the gym: to ensure I don’t lose my shape and can lift my dance partners above my head.
My aim for my dancing and fitness is to achieve flexibility in those disciplines so I am spending time to make sure I stretch after each workout or dancing session I do to give me further strength and ability.
Food-wise I tend to eat pretty much what I want when I am remaining active so there are no secrets on that front, stay active and eat well and you will see results.
I’m very proud of what I do and anything I do I represent, I feel like myself and my brand and if somebody’s trying to be negative, I don’t really read comments online.
If I post something on social media, like Instagram or Twitter, I never actually read the comments.
I think for me I was in kindergarten, so I was very young and my teacher acknowledged that I was very dyslexic when it came to reading and writing and processing that information.
When you’re out dancing, you could be anywhere in the world, but it’s only the dance that matters.
When I was asked to take part in ‘Celebrity Hunted’ I jumped at the chance, who wouldn’t want to run wild around the U.K. for two weeks being chased by a top secret service type team, whilst raising money for a cause very close to my heart – cancer.
I don’t like to beat around the bush.
Whatever I tackle I like to attack a situation, hit it head on, go for it.
Perfect score… it should never happen! There is always room for improvement.
Strictly’ is so positive, we have so much fun doing a show like ‘Strictly,’ you don’t have to worry.
Some days I would work 18-hour days because I was dancing and choreographing.
I won’t miss Monday morning rehearsals in a freezing studio at 8 A.M. I will happily never do that again.
I’ve got a tattoo, my mum’s fine with that.
Honestly my brother has always supported me through everything and I can’t wait to support him 100 per cent.
I think the best way to explain my brother is that he’s infectious and everybody falls in love with him.
I’m open to finding love.
People ask me who I’d like to dance with. I think that Lucy Fallon – she’s seems… She’s a good height. I saw her at a party once and I thought, blonde, yep – perfect. Lifts, we could work it.
When you do ‘Strictly,’ you’re kind of restricted. You have to dance for 90 seconds, you have to choreograph for your partner.