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Strictly’s runner foxtrots into job

Keep dancing: This years Strictly performers

Keep dancing: This years Strictly performers

Sequins, fake tan and hairspray have become an integral part of the working week for one Rachel Botes...

Because she has landed a job on the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing.

Rachel, 22, from Fulwood, is working as a runner on series 10 of the popular prime-time show.

The recent BA(Hons) Journalism graduate said: “I feel extremely lucky to be able to work on a show as big as this,” she said. “I’m a huge fan of the show and I’m also a ballroom dancer myself so I love watching all the technical steps and criticizing if they don’t do them correctly.

“It’s one of the BBC’s biggest shows, which attracts some of the highest viewing numbers, so it’s exciting to be a part of it and know I contributed in some way.”

Rachel, who studied at the University of Central Lancashire, secured the role after contacting the production team “on a whim”.

Her tasks include assisting the production team, helping out in the studio during the live shows and looking after the celebrity dance couples.

The stars on this year’s show include cricket legend Michael Vaughan, TV favourite Fern Britton, Olympic medal winner Victoria Pendleton and popstars Kimberley Walsh from Girls Aloud and Nicky Byrne from Westlife.

Rachel said: “It’s a really exciting line-up this year.

“There is such a mixed bag of talent, it will be interesting to see who shines through.

“It would be great to see the ‘not-so-obvious’ talent like Lisa Riley coming out on top and I’m also very excited to meet the Olympic medal winners.”

It is isn’t the first time Rachel has worked on top shops, since she graduated she has undertaken work experience with Blue Peter, Real Radio Manchester, then a CBBC production called Alesha’s Street Dance Stars She has also worked with BBC Radio Lancashire and North West Tonight on their news programmes.

The show airs on BBC One on a Saturday night and goes head-to-head with ITV1’s X Factor .

Last weekend the show brought in a million more viewers than its singing show rival.

 

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