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Susanna Turns Strictly Red And Blue

12 October 2013

It is never easy in life to perform another skill away from that which comes natural to you as your day job but when you have to do it in front of millions watching on a live TV show it goes up another level. 

That is exactly the challenge facing BBC Breakfast presenter Susanna Reid as she takes part in the current series of Strictly Come Dancing with her on screen partner, Kevin Clifton.  

Reid was born in Croydon and has been a Palace supporter all her life and has great memories of watching the games at Selhurst for many years. "I have loved coming along to the games with my family for a long time and now bring my own children. It's great to see them following me and supporting my local club."

Both the dancers took to the Selhurst pitch this week to take in some more practice time and it gave Susanna a chance to reflect on the players who she has watched in SE25. "I have many favourites from over the years but as a family we have a bit of a thing about goalkeepers and I can remember loving watch Nigel Martyn and was delighted when he got picked for England. Of course in recent years it has been great to see how Julian Speroni has become a Palace legend and he is now my children's favourite as well."

A busy schedule means Susanna fits in watching her beloved Eagles in amongst presenting Breakfast TV and now taking part in the hit Saturday evening dance show. "I commute from my home local to the stadium to our headquarters in Manchester to front BBC Breakfast during the week, and then dashing back to pick up my three young sons from school.

"I wanted to do the show though because Breakfast TV have had a number of people who have enjoyed taking part and we have interviewed people who have been on Strictly through the years and they are so positive about being in the programme."

In the early weeks of the show Susanna and Kevin, who is also competing in the show for the first time, have had to train to dance the Jive, Tango and Vienesse Waltz but their place in the competition is determined by getting the votes from the public so the Croydon born presenter is hoping Palace fans will make sure their telephone lines are hitting the right note for her on a Saturday night. "When the show finishes all the phone lines open so it would be great to think that my fellow Palace fans can show their support and help me stay in the competition. On behalf of both Kevin I thank any of you in advance who take time to vote as it will be great to stay in as long as possible."

Fans can vote online for free or on the phone lines at the end of the BBC1 Saturday evening show so make sure you show your support for Susanna and Kevin. 

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