Strictly’s Ugo Monye will ‘say a prayer’ and ‘ring his mum’ before every live show

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Strictly Come Dancing contestant Ugo Monye has opened up about the sentimental pre-performance rituals he'll be doing before every live show once the competition starts.

The former rugby union player, who was recently made team captain on the new series of A Question Of Sport alongside Sam Quek, explained that he relied on music, prayers and his mum to get him in the mood before his big sports appearances.

"I love listening to music. That always got me into a mood and a frame of mind to get prepped to play a rugby game, but I might have to tone down some of the music I listened to because that was all about combat with this is all about finesse, grace and poise," Ugo told us.

"I also rang my mum and said a prayer on the phone before every single rugby match wherever I played in the world, and that won't be stopping.

"I will need her support. I'll need that supernatural support as well for when I do this. So yeah, I'll be bringing my mum before every show," he continued.

Ugo went on to admit that he "always got nervous before every rugby game."

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He continued: "I think nerves are good because it shows that you care. I will be nervous. It's one thing playing in front of 90,000 people at Twickenham, but that's what I was born to do.

"I don't know if I was born to dance! Although the live audience will be a lot less than what I'm used to, I think the pressure of knowing how many people watch it at home will feel a lot greater than facing the Haka at Twickenham!"

During the interview with OK! and other press, Ugo also opened up about his reasons for joining the competition and they're equally as sentimental.

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"I've got two young daughters, Phoenix and Ruby who are four-and-a-half a one-and-a-half. They never got to watch me play rugby and my eldest daughter, Phoenix, who starts school next week, loves dancing.

"She loves ballet, so I just know she'll be so super excited watching this."

We hope you smash it Ugo!

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