Gemma & Gorka: Life Behind the Lens episode two trailer
Gemma Atkinson has opened up about her husband Gorka Márquez’s dance career and whether or not he could still be performing on Strictly Come Dancing at 60.
On the first episode of her new podcast, The Overshare with Gemma Atkinson, the 38-year-old got candid while discussing ageing bodies.
On an episode titled ‘Bodies – why we love them, why we loathe them’ the Hollyoaks star spoke to a caller called Amie.
During the conversation, Gemma remarked that as adults age, she believes personality may become more important than looks.
She said: “When you’re both in your 70s in your armchair – you’re gonna want to have a laugh, not look at a six-pack.”
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“In 20 years you won’t look the same, will you? Imagine Gorka salsaing when he’s 60-odd!”
When queried whether Gorka, 33, could truly still be strutting his stuff on the BBC ballroom floor in 27 years time, Gemma said: “Not on my watch he won’t!”
Late last year, Gemma shut down rumours that her partner wanted to quit Strictly after six seasons on the show.
At the time, a source told The Sun: “Gorka has become an established figure in the contest and a name in his own right, which could allow him to go on to bigger things.”
Rubbishing the claims, Gemma said: “Keep being sent this. Wish I hadn’t said to all backstage crew ‘see you next year’ now.
“Obvs this isn’t true at all! Same as it wasn’t true about Gio last year. Merry Christmas!”
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The Spanish dancer first joined the Strictly family in 2016, where he was paired with actor Tameka Empson for the show’s 14th series.
One year later, the elusive Glitterball Trophy was just out of his reach as he and Alexandra Burke came second to 2017 champions Joe McFadden and Katya Jones.
After landing 13th place with Katie Piper the year after, Gorka eventually reached the final again in 2020 – this time with former EastEnders star Maisie Smith.
Last year, Gorka came second in the competition again, this time with Countryfile’s Helen Skelton. The couple lost out to Hamza Yassin and his professional partner Jowita Przystal.
Speaking about the disappointing loss during season 20 of Strictly, the father-of-two said: “I wasn’t fuming but I wanted Helen to finish the season with the cherry on top. But I was very happy for Hamza and Jowita – they’ve been amazing.”
“Whoever won, it was amazing because the three couples have been incredible, but we care and we love our job.”
This year, Gorka has been paired with radio presenter Nikita Kanda. The judges awarded them 18 points for their Waltz to ‘Run To You’ by Whitney Houston.
They finished second-bottom of the leaderboard – two points above Les Dennis and Nancy Xu, and one point below both Adam Thomas and Luba Mushtuk, and Zara McDermott and Graziano Di Prima.
Nikita and Gorka will hope to impress on Saturday as they dance the Charleston to Single Ladies by Beyonce.
Strictly Come Dancing is on BBC One at 6.20pm on Saturday.
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