Ellie Simmonds explains she hopes to inspire the dwarf community during her time on Strictly


‘If I can do it, people watching can too’: Ellie Simmonds explains she hopes to inspire the dwarf community during her time on Strictly – and reveals US reality star Terra Jolé has given her a few the advice

Ellie Simmonds has explained her hope to inspire others during her upcoming appearance on Strictly Come Dancing, with the aim of giving more representation to the dwarf community.

The 27-year-old Paralympian is ready to take part in the show as he is the first dwarf contestant – sharing “If I can do it, so can the people watching”.

And looking for some tips and tricks, the athlete also admitted to hooking up with American reality star Terra Jolé – who appeared on the US version of Dancing With The Stars.

'If I can do it, so can people watching': Ellie Simmonds explains she hopes to inspire the dwarf community during her time on Strictly Come Dancing

‘If I can do it, so can people watching’: Ellie Simmonds explains she hopes to inspire the dwarf community during her time on Strictly Come Dancing

Speaking to hosts Naga Munchetti and Charlie State on Friday morning’s BBC Breakfast, Ellie explained her motivations for joining the show.

She shared: “Everything is different and out of my comfort zone. But I realized that if I can do it in a different way, people watching can realize that they can dance and even if it’s not a traditional way, it’s different.

As host Charlie asked: “The show already has experience with disabled people and debunking myths, is that part of your drive?”

Paving the way: The Paralympian is set to take on the show as he is the first dwarf competitor - sharing 'If I can do it, so can the people watching'

Paving the way: The Paralympian is set to take on the show as he is the first dwarf competitor – sharing ‘If I can do it, so can the people watching’

Daytime appearance: Speaking to hosts Naga Munchetti and Charlie State on Friday morning's BBC Breakfast, Ellie explained her motivations for joining the show

Daytime appearance: Speaking to hosts Naga Munchetti and Charlie State on Friday morning’s BBC Breakfast, Ellie explained her motivations for joining the show

Agreeing, Ellie continued, “Yeah, you’ve definitely seen people like Rose in the past [Ayling-Ellis} last year, JJ [Chalmers]Johnny [Peacock]Lauren [Steadman] – some amazing people.

“Strictly Come Dancing is paving the way for people to be different on TV and that’s amazing.”

The star also noted that she got some advice from Little Women: LA star Terra Jole – who appeared on the 2016 season of Dancing With The Stars.

She shared: “Everything is different and out of my comfort zone.  But I realized that if I can do it in a different way, people watching can realize that they can dance and even that's not a traditional way, it's different

She shared: “Everything is different and out of my comfort zone. But I realized that if I can do it in a different way, people watching can realize that they can dance and even that’s not a traditional way, it’s different

Celebrating difference: “Strictly Come Dancing is paving the way for people to be different on TV and that’s amazing,” Ellie continued

“I saw Terra Jolé, who is a dwarf, do it on the American version of Dancing with the Stars. I actually contacted her to ask for some advice – how will it be?

‘What are we going to do? How do we adapt? Seeing her do it made me know I could do it because I’ve never seen a dwarf dance before.

Terra Jolé also showed public support for Ellie following the news that she would be taking part in the show, telling The Mail On Sunday: “Ellie is going to be amazing, it’s going to test her stamina more than anything else she’s done, but I think , that she can make it to the final – I think she can win!’

Support: The star also noted that she got some advice from Little Women: LA star Terra Jole - who appeared on the 2016 season of Dancing With The Stars (Terra Jole on Dancing With The Stars)

Support: The star also noted that she got some advice from Little Women: LA star Terra Jole – who appeared on the 2016 season of Dancing With The Stars (Terra Jole on Dancing With The Stars)

Ellie recently opened up to MailOnline and other publications about being on the show, detailing that it will be an adjustment for both her and the professional she’s paired with.

The Paralympian explained: “Dancing with a shorter person is obviously new for the pros as well and I’m completely new to dancing so it’s a matter of seeing how we can adapt and learn for me and my partner – like where you put your hands and stuff like that.

Strictly Come Dancing will launch on Friday 23 September with a pre-recorded show, with the live shows starting just one day later.

The competition was postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September, with its start date being 17 September, moved up by a week to allow the UK to mourn Her Majesty and pay tribute.

LOW COME TO DANCE 2022: WHO ARE THE PARTICIPANTS?

KIM MARSH

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Age: 46

Profession: Coronation Street star and presenter

Kym says: “I’m so glad there is this year! I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m going from watching at home in my pajamas to actually dancing in front of the judges in a sparkly dress.

RICHIE ANDERSON

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Age: 34

Profession: Radio host

Richie says: “This is a dream come true! I can’t wait to slip into those sparkles and sequins and shine on the world’s most famous dance floor!’

ELI SIMMONDS

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Age: 27

Profession: Former athlete

Eli says: “Being asked to be part of the Strictly family is so exciting and I can’t wait, it’s going to be so much fun.”

TYLER WEST

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Age: 26

Profession: Radio DJ

Tyler says: “This is a show that means so much to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously shake a leg on that shiny dance floor… with a side of sequins.”

ELI TAYLOR

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Age: 38

Profession: comedian

Eli says: “Well, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I’m absolutely over the moon to be a part of Strictly 2022!’

TONY ADAMS MBE

Age: 55

Profession: Retired footballer and manager

Tony says: “To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of the sequins and the call of the salsa has me swapping my battered old football boots for a set of strictly soft shoes”

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JAMES BYE

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Age: 38

Profession: EastEnders actor

James says “I’m not known for my twinkle toes – in fact my kids regularly laugh at my dad dancing, but it’s an honor to be asked and I’ll give it my all.”

HELEN SKELTON

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Age: 39

Profession: television and radio broadcaster

Helen says: “I’m really excited to embark on a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to start.”

WILL MELLOR

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Age: 46

Profession: an actor

Will says: “I know it will be a huge challenge, but that’s the meaning of life. It’s also my mom’s favorite show, and she’s had some really tough years, so I’m doing this for her too. Give it!’

KAY ADAMS

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Age: 59

Profession: TV presenter

Kay says: “I said I wanted to make the last year of my fifty years memorable, and I couldn’t think of a better way to do that than to show the world my two left feet. Pray for me!’

JADE ADAMS

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Age: 37

Profession: comedian

Jayde says: “I’ve been a huge fan of the show for years. I feel like I’m watching myself in a dream and I can’t believe I manifested this.”

MATT GOSS

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Age: 53

Profession: singer

Matt says: “I was lonely, I come, I work and then I go back to America. I figured it was time to go home and get out of my way

MOLLY RAINFORD

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Age: 21

Profession: singer

Molly says: “I already know it’s going to be an experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Strictly family to share it with.”

FLEUR EAST

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Age: 34

Profession: singer

Fleur says: “I’m equal parts nervous and excited to be part of this year’s Strictly line up. I am excited to learn new skills and want to soak up every moment of this magical experience.”

HAMZA YASIN

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Age: 35

Professionn: Cameraman and wildlife presenter

Hamza says: “I’m absolutely over the moon to be joining Strictly 2022. Never in a million years did I think I’d be on such a great show.”

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