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Last Updated: Friday, 5 November, 2004, 14:03 GMT
Gladrags and sequins
Natasha Kaplinsky, Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly
Former winner Natasha Kaplinsky is among the show's presenters

Breakfast's Natasha Kaplinsky captured the nation's hearts when she won the first series of "Strictly Come Dancing"

She has since crossed over from being a contestant to a presenter on the show which regularly sees an audience of over 7 million tuning in.

So has the switch been easy?

Natasha says she loves her new role, "This time round I am able to enjoy the experience so much more because I am not performing."

"I found strutting my stuff on the dance floor in the last series one of the most terrifying experiences of my life - so it is a huge relief to be able to stand back and watch others dancing this time round."

"And working with Bruce is such a privilege!"

Natasha is still getting used to being called the reigning champion, but has her feet firmly on the ground,

"Life hasn't changed very much apart from the fact that every where I go now people want to talk to me about dancing rather than the news."

You can't expect me to have a favourite in my new role!
Natasha Kaplinsky

She thinks the standard of the competitors is particularly good this year, "It is such a joy to see the couples faces and their relief after each performance. Everyone is trying so hard."

Natasha wouldn't be drawn into saying which couple she thinks will win, "Everyone has their own style - and each couple offers something new."

Last year, Natasha said she had so many bruises from her gruelling training schedule.

Carol Vorderman and Paul Killick in Strictly Come Dancing
Vorderman was voted off Saturday's Strictly Come Dancing

Her advice to the contestants this year, is "not to push too hard at this stage, and to remember that it is supposed to be fun."

Entertainment veteran Bruce Forsyth presents the show alongside Natasha. Tess Daly who presented the first series of Strictly Come Dancing is currently on maternity leave having just had a baby girl. She will be returning soon.

It is a show which Natasha says is, "good clean family viewing with glitz and glamour and excitement."

Strictly Come Dancing was recently nominated for a National TV Award.

As she watches the contestants week after week, on the dance floor, Natasha acknowledges:

"Occasionally I get a little pang to have a whiz around the dance floor - but it soon passes when I look around and see how many people are watching!"

You can watch Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday, 6.30pm, 8.35pm BBC One and Monday to Friday, 6.30pm BBC Two.

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