Jamie Laing describes Strictly Come Dancing advice he gave to pal Zara McDermott

Strictly: Jamie Laing says first few weeks were ‘awful’

Former Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing explained how he had given Strictly Come Dancing star Zara McDermott some advice before she joined the BBC show.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Jamie was asked about Love Island star Zara McDermott being on this year’s BBC competition.

Jamie starred in Made in Chelsea with Zara’s partner, Sam Thompson, so was able to dispense some advice to the 26-year-old.

“Oh my God, I said to her, ‘Just be prepared to feel really intense,'” he explained.

Jamie continued: “It’s one of the most intense things you could do, you dance every single week. It’s so intense.

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“It’s like learning a new language every single week. I just said, ‘Just cancel all your plans’.”

Unfortunately, Zara was eliminated from the series last week after finding herself in the dreaded dance-off.

The judges unanimously decided to send her and dance partner Graziano Di Prima home.

Talking about the bar being set high in this year’s series, Jamie added: “The standard is crazy high this year.

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“It’s tough. It’s really tough. But she did so well.

“And I know she’ll be absolutely gutted because when you leave the competition it’s like… You just wish you could continue.”

When asked if he’d been in touch with Zara, he replied: “I messaged her and she was enjoying the experience.

“It’s a tricky show. It’s definitely a tricky show for sure.

Jamie is currently working with Costa Coffee as the popular chain celebrates the return of seasonal sensations.

Hot chocolate fans will be pleased that the beloved Terry’s Chocolate Orange Hot Chocolate and Inspired by After Eight Hot Chocolate have once again joined the Christmas menu.

Both are served with either a luscious Terry’s Chocolate Orange Segment or After Eight Chocolate Thin on the side.

Costa Coffee is also spreading festive cheer with the return of the Gingerbread and Cream Latte, available in stores nationwide now.

What’s more, customers receive an extra festive treat as the luscious latte is served with a free adorable mini gingerbread biscuit on the side and Costa Club App members currently have first access to the Black Forest and Cream Hot Chocolate.

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