Thrills with Mills on Strictly?

Scott Mills

Award-winning Scott has been entertaining the nation on BBC Radio 1 for over 15 years and is one of the longest-serving and most popular presenters on the network. He currently hosts the weekday early afternoon show on the station from 1pm to 4pm and the weekly Official Chart Update show. On television he has recently presented The National Lottery Live on BBC One and also hosts annual coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest on BBC Three.

What made you sign up top Strictly this year?
I signed up because I like to do something every year that makes me scared. As much as I say I don’t like being scared, I obviously do. Which makes me an adrenaline junkie! Four or five years ago I wouldn’t have considered it but I feel braver now. I did street dancing with Olly Murs on TV and the Sport Relief desert trek where we trekked across the desert in Kenya – I never thought I’d be able to do that. So here we are! That’s why I said yes. I don’t know whether I’ll live to regret it…

Are you a competitive person?
Not massively. Or I don’t think I am. But I’ve not really been in a situation where I’ve been up against people before. I want to make it good. I don’t want to be ‘the bad one’ so that makes me a bit competitive already…I’m going to do as much as I can, try my best and hopefully do alright.

What do you think about the Strictly judges?
I met Craig yesterday for the first time. He was on my show and we soaked him with water. So that’s probably not going to do me any favours particularly! He was very encouraging and nice and told me I have to just do my best. I know on the show he can be quite mean but I guess that’s his job- and yesterday I found him surprisingly pleasant! I haven’t met any of the others, ever.

How do you rate your dancing skills?
Awful. Zero. Non-existent because I’ve never done it. But let’s find out, I might be brilliant!

And what are your views on the sequins and fake tans?
Fake tans yes, sequins – I’ll get used to it.