Strictly Come Prancing – Dundee’s answer to the BBC TV hit show – is already shaping up to be the most talked-about charity event of the year.
A dozen local couples will battle it out at a glitzy dance-off at the Apex Hotel in November in front of a panel of judges headed by celebrity style guru Gok Wan. Funds from the event will go to children’s charity Help for Kids.
Today, Iqra Farooq speaks to another two of the couples taking part.
Swapping the microphones for dance moves in this year’s contest are Wave FM breakfast show hosts Andy Bullick and Erin Linton.
And Andy, 26, from Omagh in Northern Ireland, is confident about their chances.
He said: “I have been bitten by the rhythm and now it has grown into a whole infection.
“I am a phenomenal dancer and Erin is very musical so we’re going to do really well.”
Although waking up at the crack of dawn to present their show is a big challenge in itself, Andy says he and Erin are working hard to prepare for the event.
“To get ready for the event, Erin has been doing yoga and I have mostly been talking about Strictly Come Dancing,” he said.
“It doesn’t bother me in the slightest that Gok Wan is going to be there. Gok will be taking dancing tips from me.”
Flashy costumes and fake tan are a central part of Strictly and Andy admitted he is not going to shy away from getting the full experience.
He said: “I want a white shirt with frills, Cuban heels, maybe a moustache and maracas.”
Erin, 34, from Dunfermline, said she was feeling a bit more nervous than Andy.
She said: “We have been talking about it loads and practising in the station during the ad breaks.
“I am looking forward to it – we have not been slacking.
“I took part in musicals at Downfield Musical Society but I was usually in the back clapping my hands. I think I look like Beyonce while I’m dancing but it’s probably more like the Chuckle Brothers.”
She added: “Gok Wan is going to be there so I don’t want to look stupid or like Ed Balls on Strictly.
“I think we are going to be nervous on the night. There is a lot of tough competition but we are here to have fun.
“Andy’s shorter than me, though, so that might be a bit of a disadvantage.”
But Erin believes a bit of “dad dancing” could be enough to win the hearts of Dundonians.
She said: “That’s why it was great to watch people like Judy Murray take part on Strictly Come Dancing – because she gave it a try.”
They only met in November – but already Carolyn McLaren, 41, from Stobswell, and Mark Rice, 39, from Fintry, are preparing for the ultimate relationship test by taking to the Strictly Come Prancing stage.
The pair got together after hooking up on Facebook last November, followed by a few dates.
Now, Carolyn hopes that the heat of the competition – and the dreaded Strictly curse – will not affect them.
She said: “Other couples may be having words with each other but we’re just trying to focus on having a laugh.
“The idea of performing in front of Gok Wan puts the fear in me but as long as we keep practising, we should not have to worry about it.
“I have a fear of forgetting the moves when we go out because some of them are so fast.”
Carolyn, who works in pharmaceuticals, admitted that she was a little surprised when Mark came home after a night out and suggested they sign up for the competition.
She said: “At first I thought he was joking but I am glad we signed up now. I am not a natural dancer but I have rhythm.”
Although Mark has not watched much Strictly until now, Carolyn said she has been a fan for a while and is looking to take inspiration from the show.
She said: “I watch it all the time and I know all the dancers on the show.
“One of my favourite years was when Caroline Flack appeared.”
Painter and decorator Mark said there was one secret weapon which gave him the courage to put on his dancing shoes. He said: “I was having a red wine and felt a bit brave at the time. We’ve been dancing in the living room too when red wine is involved.”
Mark said he’s been struggling to keep his timing with the music, adding: “It’s like driving – music adds something to it because there is more to think about.
“I am quite confident in our ability and we are in it to win it. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we are going to leave it all out on the dancefloor.”