Strictly Come Dancing is back on BBC One and the glitterball trophy is once again up for grabs. A whole host of celebs from all walks of life are taking to the dancefloor to entertain families. Comedian Robert Webb spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk and other media about a recent life-changing condition.
Strictly fans are excited to see the new lineup of famous faces meet their professional partners on the dancefloor.
The celebrities this year range in age and ability, and at this point, anyone is in with a chance of winning.
There is no doubt all of the celebrities are feeling the nerves as their debut performance draws ever closer.
Robert Webb said he has always been very fond of the show, and there was something in particular that inspired him to take part.
During a routine medical test in 2019, he discovered he was suffering from a heart murmur caused by a mitral valve prolapse.
When asked about what inspired him to sign up to Strictly, he said: “It’s partly my age.
“Nearly two years ago I had quite a big deal health thing, I had open heart surgery.
“So since then, I think my attitude has been basically, this is not time to be cool.
“There’s no kind of sitting at the edges watching the other people doing the dancing.
“If you have got something to offer, it might be time to offer it.”
He also said he wanted to take part as he has spent the past few years doing a lot of writing.
He said: “I felt quite itchy and had the need to reconnect with the audience as a performer.
“It looks like a lot of fun, very hard, but fun.”
Webb may know how to make viewers laugh but he said he would be taking the competition seriously.
He said: “It would be lovely to win, when I know what I’m doing it’s going to be alright, hopefully.
“If I get more than halfway through I expect I’ll become very competitive.”
However, he will be bringing plenty of laughs as he says he is willing to wear extravagant costumes.
He added: “I think I have shown I’m not afraid of an extreme costume. I’m not afraid to show a bit of leg.
“If it’s not going to upset the ladies and gentlemen, I’m up for almost anything.”
Strictly Come Dancing starts on BBC One on Saturday, September 18.