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Nina Carberry: Not in my wildest dreams did I think I could reach the semi-final

| 17.03.2022

Nina Carberry reveals pressure of balancing home life with Dancing with the Stars as she shares her delight for Rachael Blackmore and Irish success at Cheltenham

On getting into character for dancing…

It’s very intense. Obviously trying to keep an eye on Cheltenham as well isn’t helping, but I’m trying to make the best of it.

It’s a Pasodoble so it requires a bit of anger as well as power and I suppose I can let my frustration out a little bit in the dance, so it probably helps a little bit.

I often get frustrated with the steps and stuff, so I’m going to try and put that into the dance. Trying to get into character is going to be hard, but we will try our best anyway.

On her surprise at success in the competition so far…

Not in my wildest dreams did I think I could reach the semi-final. No, not at all. Pasquale has done an amazing job with me, moulding me into something that I thought I’d never be. So well done to him.

It’s all down to him really. I’ve just followed the steps up until now. And he’s been a brilliant choreographer for all our dances. So, it’s well done to him, basically.

On her biggest competition…

Everyone left is just so good. It’s going to be so hard, you know? But I’m just enjoying it and I’m going to try and dance as well as I can.

If I can’t dance as well as Erica, there’s nothing I can do about it. But like, she’s brilliant. And so are the rest of them; Jordan, Ellen and Matthew have all done so well. So, they all deserve to be there.

If we can keep dancing as well as we have been, it’ll be a great competition towards the end.

On missing her family and struggling to balance home life with rehearsals…

Listen, it’s a really busy time for me to be honest, with the horses and everything. There’s a lot of sales coming up for them so I’m just going to throw myself back into that again.

I haven’t really left but it’s just so hard to put so much time into dancing and try and keep everything going. So yeah, nothing really changes for me.

It’s just about getting back into my own routine again. I’m looking forward to it to be honest, and I’m looking forward to spending time with the girls and Ted again.

On potential romance between her fellow contestants…

I don’t really know. Obviously, it’s hard to know, because I’m training at a little bit of a different time to them, so I don’t get to see them.

There probably is a particular couple that are getting a bit closer, but it’s hard to know!

On result shockers, Rachael Blackmore and Irish success at Cheltenham…

Rachael Blackmore, Honeysuckle

A big shock in there was Shishkin getting beat. I couldn’t believe that. He didn’t even get over the third fence when he had to pull up, so there was something totally amiss there because he’s never really had a bad run. So that was really out of character for him.

Rachael has backed it up from last year with Honeysuckle winning the Champion Hurdle so hopefully she will have a good spin in the Gold Cup this year and go one better than last year. It would be great!

You know, it’s been a great two days and the Irish have done really well. So hopefully they keep doing well!

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