TV dancing shows are 'a bubble' says Natalie Gumede

FORMER Coronation Street star Natalie Gumede has thrived inside the Strictly Come Dancing "bubble".

The UK celebrity ballroom show is the original series that spawned the Dancing With The Stars formats in the US and here in Australia.

Gumede has made it past the halfway mark in the show's 11th season, and from early on, she and dance partner Artem Chigvintsev have been favourites to take out the title. So far they have received more top marks than any other team.

The actress describes the physically demanding show in which celebrities learn a new dance routine to perform on live TV each week as being in a "bubble".

"There's very little else that exists outside of it for the time you're in it," she told The Guide.

"It's something that you very quickly emotionally invest in. You're very exposed, very vulnerable and you're putting yourself up for judgment in front of 10 million plus people (in the UK). You're coming up against your own barriers and boundaries, but if you can push through that then you reach something really life-affirming."

But after fainting during rehearsals a few weeks ago and missing her jive routine, Gumede has had to learn how to pace herself.

"It was devastating, but I learned from it," she said.

"I took some time to rest... sometimes injury is par for the course."

The 29-year-old said she has been surprised by how much she enjoys the more romantic styles of ballroom dancing.

"I always expected I'd be a Latin girl, but I love the romance of the ballroom.

Strictly Come Dancing - UKTV - Wednesday at 7.30pm Qld, 8.30pm NSW.

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