Strictly’s Clara Amfo says it’s an ‘amazing show’ as she signs up to take part

Clara Amfo has opened up on her thoughts about Strictly Come Dancing and the newfound attention that she has had in the past few months. 

The BBC Radio 1 presenter, 36, was announced as one of the contestants for this year’s show, and she told Cosmopolitan about how much she loves the show. 

She explained: ‘Look, Strictly is an amazing show. It’s so sweet-spirited; nobody ever watches it with a bad intention and that’s what I’ve always loved about it. 

‘I went to watch it [live] last season! The magic of it is so overwhelming.’

Well, she will soon get to experience the sparkles and magic first-hand, as it was confirmed on Wednesday on Radio 1 breakfast that she will be taking part. 

With the show’s huge following, Clara is aware that there may be even more attention on her than she has been used to. 

She explained: ‘I feel like I’m in this new phase of my career where I’m very aware of the new attention that’s on me. But I’m still quite a low-key person. 

‘I don’t view myself as acting particularly like a celebrity. I understand it’s a public- facing job – I appear on television and I do radio – so people are going to recognise me. But I don’t live a particularly starry existence.’

With Strictly on the way, it’s understandable that Clara is pretty excited for what the future holds for her and her career. 

She revealed: ‘I know that this is exactly where I’m supposed to be. My work, where I am now, I feel ready for it. 

‘I’m aware of who I want to fight for and what I want to lend my voice to. I feel supercharged, I feel ready.’

We can’t wait. 

Read the full interview in the October issue of Cosmopolitan, on sale from September 3. 

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