James Bye reveals Strictly champion Rose Ayling-Ellis gave him advice for the show

James Bye has revealed his fellow EastEnders star and the reigning Strictly Come Dancing champion Rose Ayling-Ellis offered him advice before he took to the dancefloor.

The 38-year-old British actor, who has played Martin Fowler in the BBC One soap since 2014, is currently competing in the new series of Strictly..

Speaking alongside his professional partner Amy Dowden ahead of Sunday evening’s results show, James said: “Rose is just like a ray of sunshine and her only advice to me was just take every second in as it goes so quick.

“Bear in mind she was there every week, she did the full thing and she said even that went so fast.

He continued: “You make friends so quickly, don’t throw anything away, just enjoy every moment and that’s sort of what we’re doing to be fair.

“I don’t feel like I’m wasting any moment, we are going for it, every opportunity."

Rose, 27, won the nineteenth series of Strictly in 2021 with partner Giovanni Pernice after she become the first deaf contestant to compete in the popular dancing competition.

After week one, James was in the penultimate spot on the Strictly leaderboard after he failed to impress the judges with a retro-themed jive to What I Like About You by The Romantics, picking up a score of 22 for his efforts.

Last night, the duo performed a tango to Bad Habits by Ed Sheeran.

James also revealed that 32-year-old Amy has been visiting him on the set of EastEnders so the pair can practise and keep up with the demanding dance schedule during filming.

He said: “Amy came over to EastEnders on a couple of days actually this week and we got a bit done offset and we showed some of the other guys at EastEnders.”

Amy added: “They’ve been so supportive, they loved it, they were all cheering you!”

James continued: “The support at EastEnders is amazing. I genuinely feel really, really lucky to have that sort of team behind me.”

During the feedback James received after his performance last weekend, Anton Du Beke reflected on some of the mistakes the actor made, joking: “I like it, if you’re going to go wrong, go completely wrong just stand still and pick it up eventually”, but added that he thought it was a “good number”.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One.

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