Ranvir Singh admits co-star Piers Morgan encouraged her to ‘show more flesh’ on Strictly

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Ranvir Singh, 43, shared that Good Morning Britain co-host Piers Morgan, 55, had been entirely supportive of her decision to appear on Strictly Come Dancing. The TV host admitted that he had warned her not to let down her colleagues on the breakfast programme, and ensure she “showed more flesh” while in the competition.

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Ranvir revealed of Piers’s jibes: “He’s already started. He told me that I’m representing Good Morning Britain and that if I fail, they fail.”

After noticing her more conservative approach to fashion on the show, the former BGT judge advised her to be more risqué with her wardrobe.

She continued to Radio Times: “When he saw the pictures from the launch, he told me I have to show more flesh. I was like, ‘Oh, for God’s sake…’ When he starts being nice then I’ll be worried.”

It comes as Ranvir confessed to being “scared” of her dance partner Giovanni Pernice, who she will perform with on Strictly.

Ranvir opened up about her experience in the competition on Good Morning Britain this week.

Kate Garraway recalled how when she competed on the show in 2007, it was surprising how “seriously” everyone took it.

Her colleague Ranvir was quick to agree and proclaimed that her partner Giovanni is super strict.

As a picture of the pair from Saturday’s launch show flashed on the screen, the TV presenter exclaimed: “Don’t be fooled by his angelic face!

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“He is a fiery Italian, super strict – I am a bit scared of him.”

She added: “I do need a bit of discipline, but my goodness!”

Kate also teased Ranvir about being distracted by Giovanni, as she pointed out her pet dog Shimizzels got tangled in his lead when they first met.

The dog was made to walk backwards while Ranvir wrapped her arms around the dance partner as they strolled together in a video clip.

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As the footage was replayed, Kate laughed: “It seems you were rather taken with Giovanni and actually poor Shmizzels your dog couldn’t keep up with you!”

However, Ranvir made it up to her pet by spoiling him with his favourite cheese.

She shared: “He’s lovely, he’s eating a lot of cheese, which is his favourite because I bought him a lot at the weekend!

“I hadn’t even noticed until somebody tweeted it but it’s so funny.”

The TV presenter also revealed that Giovanni is living alone during Strictly’s run, so he can join Ranvir and her son’s support bubble when they train. 

However, the lead tangling wasn’t the only confusing moment for the dog, who also seemed to be puzzled by Ranvir and Giovanni’s display of closeness.

She said: “Shmizzels is a lockdown dog, we bought him in June so the only person he’s seen me hug is my son. Obviously, the reason I can hug Giovanni is he’s now in my bubble, but Shmizzels went crazy. He did not know what was happening!”

Strictly Come Dancing airs today on BBC One at 7.25pm.

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