Bobby Brazier has reportedly been issued a stark warning about the perils of getting “distracted” by attractive women on the BBC show.
Some regard the EastEnders star as the bookies’ favourite already, ahead of the 21st series of Strictly Come Dancing.
A source close to the 20-year-old is said to have told The Sun: “He is a very determined young man with a naturally competitive spirit — both qualities which he’ll need to progress on Strictly.”
However the source warned: “He has to remain focused because, as Strictly has proved in the past, it’s very easy for competitors to have their heads turned.
“His nearest and dearest just don’t want to see him unintentionally waste the chance of a lifetime by temptations on the show.”
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Bobby will be appearing alongside a host of famous names, from former tennis star Annabel Croft and Paralympic champ Jody Cundy to Love Island beauty Zara McDermott and Irish TV host Angela Scanlon.
He’ll be in good company in the world of soaps too, as the EastEnders star will be competing with the likes of Emmerdale’s Adam Thomas, former Coronation Street actress Ellie Leach and former Albert Square actor Nigel Harman, who was once in exactly the same BBC soap that Bobby has since progressed into.
Other favourites include the Bad Education actor Layton Williams, British-Congolese comic Eddie Kadi, Sherlock star Amanda Addington and 79-year-old Angela Rippon.
Meanwhile, Bobby’s EastEnders role has proved to be a hit after he debuted as Little Mo’s son Freddie Slater.
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The star had previously revealed his late mum, who died of cervical cancer aged just 27, would be “so proud” of his rise to TV fame.
His character has helped raise awareness for ADHD, after the plot detailed the effect the disorder can have on young people, both as children and later on in adult life.
Meanwhile, emotional Bobby admitted that he sometimes avoids looking at video footage of his beloved mum in case he starts to well up.
“I’m lucky that [her life was] kind of public, because it means that I can watch videos when I’m feeling strong enough,” he explained.
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However, he added to The Face magazine: “Sometimes I can’t [because] I will cry if I do.
“I’m always being told that she’s a hero and that she was funny and that people see me in her on a daily basis, which is nice.”
He added: “I don’t feel like I was with her long enough to miss her. I’ve kind of spent more life without her than I did with her.”
Strictly Come Dancing launches on September 23 at 7pm on BBC One.
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