Dragon Meaden hints at revealing moment on Strictly
Westcountry Dragon's Den star Deborah Meaden has hinted that her Strictly Come Dancing performance to Eurovision-winning hit Making Your Mind Up will be in the spirit of the original - with outfits being whipped off.
But the entrepreneur would not say whether it was her costume or that of professional partner Robin Windsor which would be getting a tug.
In the Eurovision routine performed by Bucks Fizz, singers Jay Aston and Cheryl Baker memorably had their long skirts ripped off to reveal mini-skirts underneath.
Meaden, 54, who will be performing a jive on tomorrow night’s show, said: “Oh, there might be a nod to the original. You couldn’t do that dance without something, could you? I might not be the only one with a rip-off.”
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The businesswoman also said she was enjoying the dressing up that Strictly involved and may even take it back to her day job.
“The loveliness of Strictly is that more is more. I’m actually finding myself in everyday life adding things instead of taking them away, thinking ‘Oh, I’ll just add another brooch’. Luckily I’ve got sisters to say ‘That’s enough’,” she said.
Asked whether there would be more glitter in the Dragons’ Den from now on, she replied: “Oh absolutely. I’ll be fully blinged up – I’ll have a chair that’ll be diamond-encrusted, I’ll have red velvet seat pads, absolutely, no problem.”
Meaden reckoned the other Dragons had been shocked by her signing up to Strictly, but that they were coming along to lend their support each week.
She said: “If you had taken a straw poll of all the Dragons on who was the least likely to do Strictly they would’ve said me. I think they thought it wasn’t my kind of show. They were completely wrong because I love Strictly.”
She continued: “I pinch myself every day, I still have those moments when I think ‘Oh my goodness, I’m doing Strictly.’ It is absolutely surreal, but I tell you it gets very real when you stand on the edge of the ballroom and they say ’Now dancing the jive is Deborah Meaden and Robin Windsor’, and you think ‘Oh my god, I am actually doing Strictly’.”
She was confident that fellow Striclty contestant Natalie Gumede was still a force to be reckoned with, despite back problems which almost forced her out this week.
“To be honest, I felt like she could have won Strictly on her first dance,” Meaden said.
Somerset-born Mrs Meaden started in business running an amusement arcade owned by her family.
She later moved to manage a Devon holiday park, making millions following a management buy-out and subsequent sale.