CLAUDIA Winkleman has revealed she “never sleeps” before hosting a Strictly live show with co-star Tess Daly as she battles with nerves.
The presenter joined Strictly in 2004 and despite the time that has passed she still suffers from pre-show jitters.
Claudia Winkleman has revealed she doesn’t sleep before a Strictly live show
She said: “If you ever see Tess doing the show wearing something with a big sleeve, it is because I have hurt her arm where I have squeezed it because I am so nervous.
“I can’t do that right now, but I do get really scared.
“Not because I think I am doing anything important – I am not in scrubs holding a scalpel – it is just because I don’t want to let this magical team, which is what they are, down.
“In live TV, we are tiny cogs and if you go off-piste and talk too long then you mess it up for everybody.
The star host Strictly Come Dancing with Tess Daly
She and husband Kris have been married since 2000 and have three childrenCredit: Rex Features
She added to Sunday People: “I just want to be obedient. Being obedient at work, not at life, is a good thing. So I never really sleep the night before Strictly.”
Claudia is said to be worth around £10million and scoops a salary of £370,000 a year for her work on the BBC.
A large portion of this covers her role on Strictly, which she became a main host of in 2014 after rising through the ranks from spin off It Takes Two.
However, the busy broadcaster also has a Radio Two show and takes part in numerous other BBC programmes – which makes up the rest of her salary – and hosts Britain’s Best Home Cook.
Strictly star Claudia will take over from Graham Norton on BBC Radio 2Credit: PA:Press Association
The Strictly Come Dancing host recently revealed she would take over Graham Norton’s BBC Radio 2 show after the chat-show star left for Virgin Radio.
She said: “I’m not often speechless but the chance to be with the wonderful Radio 2 listeners every Saturday has left me, quite frankly, gobsmacked.
“I hope my voice comes back in time for the first show as I can no longer simply rely on a fake tan and a fringe.
“There’s nobody I’d rather be with at the weekend, it’s a privilege and an honour.”
Graham, 57, stood down from his show earlier this year after ten years at Radio 2.
Graham Norton has bid farewell to Radio 2 and joined Virgin RadioCredit: Getty – Contributor