Strictly’s Greg Wise reveals the song he’d love to dance to in honour of late sister

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Greg Wise has revealed he'd love his Strictly Come Dancing run to feature a number in honour of his late sister, Clare.

The 55 year old spoke about her being the reason for him taking on the job and explained that ABBA's Dancing Queen was her favourite song.

"Initially I thought, 'No, absolutely, I can't do it.' And then I thought about it," he said. "My sis was a real disco diva. She was the dancer in the family. And she left this world in a glitterball coffin. And as this show is all glittery, and diva-y, and disco-y…"

The Sense and Sensibility actor cared for his sister, who died of bone cancer in 2016, during the last three months of her life. In the conversation with OK! and other press, Greg was asked what song his sister would love to see him dance to.

He replied: "Dancing Queen was her big one. So I think we could probably waltz to Dancing Queen. That'd be fun."

Despite being ready to throw himself in at the deep end, Greg admitted that he has "no signature moves at all" and is "nervous" about hurting himself as he's "very, very, very accident prone."

That being said, he's received some advice from last year's champion, Bill Bailey.

"Bill's a chum. When I was first asked to do it, I contacted him and asked what he thought," Greg recalled.

"He said, 'Well, it's a lot of work. And you've got to look after your feet,' so Bill was very useful. One of the things that he told me, which I have done, is to get my patent leather ballroom shoes now and wear them around the house. I think he had quite a bit of a problem with blisters on his heel."

Greg also opened up about how his wife, Academy Award winner Emma Thompson, reacted to him joining the show, revealing: "I told my dear lady wife when they'd asked me and I'd said no and she said, 'You're mad! You've got to do it!'"

He continued: "She's been filming solidly since January, she's made three films back to back, and we'd plan a really nice autumn. We were actually going to take our first holiday in seven years together.

"Over the space of a five-minute conversation, the entire autumn we'd planned was kicked into the long grass… and here I am," he added.

"She's thrilled because she'll be able to relax and support me and watch every Saturday night for as many Saturday nights as I survive."

Greg revealed that Emma would be there for the first show and that four of his sister's friends will be coming along to watch "in a few weeks time."

Strictly Come Dancing kicks off this Saturday on BBC One.

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