Louise Redknapp: I won't even think about winning Strictly

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Louise Redknapp says she is too frightened to even think about winning Strictly Come Dancing.

The former singer, 42, has admitted that she is amazed she has got so far on the gruelling BBC One show.

She told the Press Association: "If I start thinking about winning I'll probably stop enjoying what I'm doing. I wouldn't even allow myself to think that way because I think it would stress me out too much."

Louise Redknapp on Strictly Come Dancing: (BBC)
Louise Redknapp on Strictly Come Dancing (BBC)

Louise, who is partnered with professional dancer Kevin Clifton, added: "If I started to think about wanting to win I'd be useless because I'd fall apart with nerves.

"That would take the enjoyment of what we're doing away."

The former Eternal singer said she would never have performed again if it was not for Strictly, because she thinks she is too old.

"It wouldn't have happened if I hadn't done this show. The likelihood that I'm going to go touring or bring out a new album is so slim," she said.

Face looks pretty engaged...
Louise on the dancefloor (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

"I'm a bit old for a new album. Strictly makes me realise how much I love music and performing."

She added: "Being on stage felt like a million years ago. My seven-year-old has never really seen me on stage. He's watched old music videos but he's like, 'that's not you'."

Louise said that Kevin always wants her to get into character during rehearsals, but she found it difficult to take on an alter-ego so early in the morning.

"I say 'it's 9 o'clock on a Tuesday morning, I can't be Valentina!'," she said.

"Kevin tells me to get into character. We have a different name every week."