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Claudia Winkleman reveals she ‘never sleeps’ before Strictly live show as she battles with nerves

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.

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.

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.

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.

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"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.

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