Katie Piper has said she is planning to work extra hard during her Strictly Come Dancing training sessions because her health issues could make the competition a little harder for her.

The presenter, who was the first contestant announced for this series, suffered life-threatening injuries in an acid attack 10 years ago.

Speaking to The Mirror, she said: “The respiratory problem makes training a bit harder.

“I tried to practise some steps and can’t really move my head back because of a band of scar tissue that starts at the top of my head.

“Everyone will be like, ‘Why’s she pulling that funny face?’ and I’ll be like, ‘No, that’s my face!’”

Piper, 34, was left partially blind after the attack in 2008, which was arranged by an ex-boyfriend.

“It will be hard with my eyesight,” she said.

“If you cover one eye and think you can’t see your peripheral, that is harder with dancing, steps and anticipating your partner.

“I’m like an elephant with no rhythm. When I was practising I was stamping on feet and banging into people. I’ll just have to work really hard at the training.”

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