Christine McGuinness strips off for intimidating Real Full Monty dance after cancer 'tore her family apart'

CHRISTINE McGuiness admits she froze with fear after being faced with the daunting task of stripping for charity.

The 33-year-old has told how she felt "intimidated" in rehearsals for ITV's Strictly The Real Full Monty.

But mum-of-three Christine was determined to go ahead and bare all as she joined a whole host of stars dancing naked for charity.

Christine revealed: "On the first day of training we were all having a mess about on the first day and I froze. I thought 'I can't do it, I really can't do it'.

"It was well out of my comfort zone. 

"I did feel intimated at the beginning. But now we are all over that, we know it's not a competition.

"As long as we all do it and have fun along the way and ultimately we educate people."

Speaking ahead of her live performance in front of a 3,000-strong crowd, Christine added: "I haven't thought about the strip yet. I'll think about it when I'm there.

"I'm trying to focus on learning the dances. It's a lot more than any of us expected."

James and Ola Jordan are the first married couple to take part in the charity special.

Asked if she'd want her comic husband Paddy by her side, Christine insisted: "It's his turn next year. I'm enjoying doing it with my friends."

She continued: "I've been talking about to Paddy about doing this for years.

"Four of my aunties had breast cancer and then last year when my mum got diagnosed I realised how huge this is in my family.

"It's so close to home, it's torn us apart.

"Paddy is made up for me Purely because he knows it's something I've always wanted to do for my mum and my aunties.

"Now that I'm here and I realise all the dancing and everything I've got to do I'm thinking 'did I really want to do this'.

"But I'm going to go for it. We are all laughing every day in rehearsals, it's been so much fun."

Presenter and choreographer, Ashley said: "I'm so excited to be working with a new brilliant, bold and brave line-up of celebrities for Strictly the Real Full Monty.

"It's going to be our biggest musical dance extravaganza yet and we are determined to get the message out there that early cancer
checks in intimate areas save lives.

"So don't forget to check your bits and baubles this Christmas!"

Christine is set to star in a new documentary, Paddy And Christine McGuinness: Our Family And Autism.

The couple will open up about their twins, Leo and Penelope, eight, and five-year-old Felicity’s autism diagnosis.

Paddy broke down in tears as he described how his kids "won the lottery" by getting a mum like Christine.

The 48-year-old said with tears streaming down his face: “Our kids dropped the lottery with Christine because they couldn’t wish for a better mum.”

  • The Real Full Monty 2021 will air on Monday, December 13 and Tuesday, December 14 at 9pm on ITV and ITV Hub.


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