Nikita Kanda is one of the stars taking part in the competition Strictly dance floor this fall.
The 28-year-old radio star, who hails from Birmingham, was announced to take part in this year’s series of the BBC competition in August.
Before the show began, she said: “I can’t believe I’m going to be there Strictly. This is a dream come true. I’m still pinching myself. I don’t think it’ll really sink in until I get on the dance floor. I can’t wait to get dressed up and go out. Throw the glitter at me!”
Kanda is the presenter of the BBC Asian Network’s breakfast show, having joined the channel in 2021, hosting a slot on Saturday afternoons. She won the role as permanent presenter of the breakfast show after becoming a hit with listeners thanks to successful interviews with stars such as singer Akon and others Bake Winner Nadia Hussein.
About working in radio, Kanda previously said: “It’s the only job I’ve ever jumped out of bed at 4am for because I love radio.” Every day is different, you never know what you’re going to get. “
She said her producers refer to her high-energy presenting style as “Kanda Chaos,” adding: “Over the last few months, listeners have become my best friends. I don’t know what I would do without them as they provide endless laughter and banter every day and are the focus of the show.”
Kanda, who studied film and film media at university, is also known to television viewers for her regular reporting on weekday series The one show. Her broadcasting career started after she landed a role on Zee TV and went on to host the drive time show on Asian Star 101.6FM.
The DJ has also had roles in West End productions of The Wizard, Bugsy Malone, Annie And Pocahontas and in 2019 she appeared in the final series of Paddy McGuinness’ ITV show Take me out as one of the 30 women who may have been with a man.
I’m speaking to the BBC about taking part StrictlyKanda said she was “so nervous to dance live on national television” but she wanted to channel her inner Olivia Newton John to “be a little bit like Sandy.” Fat.
“I feel like bringing the sass, the spice — I’m going to bring a little bit of my culture,” she said, adding, “I’m definitely going to bring that Asian flavor.” Strictly this year.”
She called Rose Ayling-Ellis, the EastEnders star, who won the show in 2021, as her favorite of all time Strictly Candidate.
Kanda also revealed that the former contestant Country file Presenter Anita Rani had contacted her to give her advice. “When she found out, she texted me straight away: ‘Go ahead girl, we’re rooting for you.’ Go out and have fun.’ I think that’s everyone’s advice, to go out and have fun,” she said.
Other DJs who took part Be sure to come dance These include Scott Mills in 2014, Vick Hope in 2018 and Tyler West in 2022.
Be sure to come dance will air every Saturday on BBC One from September 16th.