Strictly finalist Pamela Stephenson talks to School Report
When it comes to glitz and glamour on the TV, it doesn't get much glitzier or more glamorous than Strictly Come Dancing.
But what is it really like behind the scenes? Lydia and Grace, two lucky School Reporters from St Aidan's Church of England Technology College couldn't believe their luck when they were given the chance to find out at first hand.
Strictly's annual trip to Blackpool gave the pair from Poulton-Le-Fylde the opportunity to go backstage at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom and find out how it really feels to have Craig Revel Horwood savage your samba in front of millions of viewers.
I think I got a real taste for journalism and how it's done
School Reporter Grace, 14
Lydia and Grace interviewed Pamela Stephenson, one of the top performers on this year's show, about her experiences since starting Strictly in the autumn.
But for all Pamela's high scores, one dancer in particular has captured the public's attention this year - and that's Ann Widdecombe!
Her inimitable routines with dancing partner Anton du Beke have made the headlines throughout, and the pair took time out from their training for the latest show to talk with Lydia and Grace.
And how about this for a compliment? Ann, a veteran of thousands of interviews after her career as a Conservative MP, complimented Lydia and Grace on their questions!
Backstage at Strictly Come Dancing
After the interview, Ann and Anton demonstrated how a twirl should be done - and then it was the girls' turn!
Here's what the girls made of the experience:
Lydia, 12: "I learnt more about my favourite celebs and it was an amazing experience.
"The highlight was definitely dancing with Anton du Beke and watching them rehearse."
Grace, 14: "I think I got a real taste for journalism and how it's done. It's not as glamorous as you think!
"I really enjoyed watching them rehearse and got to meet some of the celebs which was really good.
"Strictly Come Dancing always seems to go with the flow but when you come backstage you realise its all very well rehearsed and they go over things again and again.
"And the biggest surprise...? That has to be Anton giving us a twirl!"
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