Comedian and PresenterThis irrepressible funny lady first started working in the industry nearly 30 years ago, but it’s the last decade that ‘Scotty’ has gone supernova – winning comedy awards, selling out theatres and writing two popular memoirs. Since April last year, Denise has been the perfect addition to 10’s morning show Studio 10 where she serves her hilarity and unique perspective in spades. Can that wit take her all the way to the winner’s podium?
What was the reaction from your family and friends when they discovered you were taking part?
My partner, John, was a concern because he is the most positive man on the planet. He was a bit “Ohh do you think you can do this?.” I think because physically he thought I wouldn’t be up to it and I heard his concerns, I was feeling much the same way. When I told my GP, she was quite horrified. She did insist that I wouldn’t have a cardiac arrest. That was her good news.
Any secret weapons? What’s your strategy going in?
As the oldest competitor, how do you rate your chances?
People do like to cheer on the underdog. Surely being the oldest in something doesn’t make you an underdog, it just makes you old. I’m in it really and truly to get off my arse, to get moving again. I saw it as an amazing opportunity to force me to move.
How are you and Jeremy gelling as a dance duo?
Jeremy is divine, it’s such a cliché. He’s really gentle, God knows if I was paired with one of the dancers that are really ambitious and pushing me a bit harder straight off, I’d be mortified.
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