Laila: ‘I want to win Strictly for my girl’

Strictly Come Dancing star Laila Rouass has revealed that she wants to do well on the show for her daughter.

The Footballer’s Wives actress told The Mirror: “I’m training so much I’m losing time with my daughter and I don’t want that to be for nothing.

“When I signed up, I really wanted to win, but now I’m happy just to get through each week. You start off thinking it’s only a dance competition, but then you realise people are paying to vote for you.

Laila added that her two-year-old daughter Inez gives her dancing tips: “She says: ‘Come on Mummy, one, two, cha-cha-cha'”.

The actress has been performing with professional dancer Anton du Beke.

She said: “I’m lucky to be paired with the king of ballroom, but that’s not to say we get on all the time, you don’t even manage that with your husband or best friend.

“Anton and I put in the most hours last week, but I find it so difficult to go out and be like ‘Hey, I’m a sexpot’. At home I’m just a mum with food down her top!”

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