KYM MARSH reckons surviving “Nasty” Nigel Lythgoe’s barbs means she is ready for anything Strictly throws at her.
Before she became known to millions as Coronation Street’s Michelle Connor in 2006, the actress and singer found fame on ITV talent contest Popstars, where the acid-tongued music boss was one of the judges.
And she has never been able to forget Nigel slating her looks on camera.
Kym, 46, said: “If you can survive what Nigel said to you, you can survive anything.
“I got called fat on national television when I was 24. It was outrageous. That’s probably the worst thing that could happen.
“The Strictly judges, we’ll be treating them with respect. The reason they’re there is because they’re professionals.
“If they tell me I’ve done something wrong, I’ll take it.”
In 2001, Popstars viewers saw Nigel march into the wannabes’ accommodation and single out Kym for “getting fat” when she was part of pop band Hear’Say.
He has defended his comments and said: “She’s made an absolute mint on slimming down, looking fabulous now, acting brilliantly, and she’s made a huge career for herself, bless her.”
Kym has told how her struggle with self-image began at stage school, when she compared herself to other little girls in dance class.
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She wrote in her 2010 autobiography, From The Heart, how she felt like a “big galumphing elephant” and became bulimic.
Ahead of Strictly’s Friday night launch, she said: “I said to the costume team, ‘Do what you want, I’m not bothered.
“Let’s go for it’, because it’s the experience of it.
“You can’t come in and go, ‘No, I can only look like this every day’.
“There’s no point doing this unless you’re going to get involved in the whole thing. That’s part of the excitement of it.
“But you do overthink things and also it doesn’t change that your nerves are still there — we’re still going to be absolutely bricking it.”
She added: “Things that happen in your life are events that change you — like my dad getting diagnosed last year. I don’t know how long I’ve got him for.
“He will love me doing it and I wanted him to be around to see it.”