Schapelle Corby reveals how Dancing With The Stars caused her fear of ‘body contact’

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‘I don’t like people who touch me’: Schapelle Corby reveals how she aroused her fear of ‘physical contact’ on Dancing with the Stars after nine years in a tight prison in Bali

Schapelle Corby impressed judges and viewers on Sunday night when she made her debut on Seven’s Dancing with the Stars: All Stars.

And the 43-year-old convicted drug smuggler turned reality TV star has now revealed some of the obstacles she had to overcome before hitting the dance floor.

Schapelle told women’s Day she was forced to face her fear of ‘physical contact’ – which presumably stems from the nine years she spent behind bars in Bali’s notoriously overcrowded Kerobokan prison.

'I don't like people who touch me': Schapelle Corby has revealed how she aroused her fear of 'physical contact' on Dancing with the Stars, which is believed to stem from her nine years spent in a cramped Bali prison.  Pictured with her professional dance partner Shae Mountain

‘I don’t like people who touch me’: Schapelle Corby has revealed how she aroused her fear of ‘physical contact’ on Dancing with the Stars, which is believed to stem from her nine years spent in a cramped Bali prison. Pictured with her professional dance partner Shae Mountain

“There was so much physical contact,” said Schapelle.

‘I don’t like people touching me, so that was a problem I had to overcome. I really struggled with that for the first few weeks. ‘

Schapelle added that she had no idea how grueling Dancing with the Stars would be and once thought to herself, “What the hell did I sign up for?”

Trauma: The convicted drug smuggler, 43, told Woman's Day, `` I don't like people touching me, so that was a problem I had to overcome.  I really struggled with that for the first few weeks'

Trauma: The convicted drug smuggler, 43, told Woman's Day, `` I don't like people touching me, so that was a problem I had to overcome.  I really struggled with that for the first few weeks'

Trauma: The convicted drug smuggler, 43, told Woman’s Day, “ I don’t like people touching me, so that was a problem I had to overcome. I really struggled with that for the first few weeks’

After her debut on Sunday evening, Schapelle told DWTS presenter Sonia Kruger how she was “so nervous” she was “crying” backstage.

But after performing the Viennese waltz with her dance partner Shae Mountain, she had nothing to worry about as the judges were impressed enough.

Todd McKenney admitted to Schapelle that he thought she was “going to be bullshit,” and in turn admitted that she “felt the same way.”

Challenge: Schapelle added that she had no idea how grueling Dancing with the Stars would be and once thought to herself, “What the hell did I sign up for?”

She's got the moves: Schapelle performed the Viennese waltz with her dance partner Shae Mountain (left) on Sunday's episode of DWTS, leaving the judges pleasantly surprised

She's got the moves: Schapelle played the Viennese waltz with her dance partner Shae Mountain (left) on the Sunday episode of DWTS and left the judges pleasantly surprised

She’s got the moves: Schapelle performed the Viennese waltz with her dance partner Shae Mountain (left) on Sunday’s episode of DWTS, leaving the judges pleasantly surprised

Many viewers were impressed with her performance, with one sharing on Twitter: ‘Schapelle looks absolutely stunning and danced beautifully!’

Before she entered the dance floor, Schapelle said in a piece in front of the camera that she wanted to give the competition her everything.

“ I hope for this season of Dancing with the Stars to make it to the end and lose some weight too, ” she said.

‘I’m afraid of being knocked out, and I have to compete against the All Stars. I’ve had a tough decade and I’m here to really experience it. ‘

'My fear is to be knocked out': before she hit the dance floor, Schapelle said in a piece in front of the camera that she wanted to give the match everything

'My fear is to be knocked out': before she hit the dance floor, Schapelle said in a piece in front of the camera that she wanted to give the match everything

‘My fear is to be knocked out’: before she hit the dance floor, Schapelle said in a piece in front of the camera that she wanted to give the match everything

In October 2004, Schapelle became a household name when she was arrested at Bali airport with 4.2 kg of cannabis wrapped in plastic in her boogie board bag.

The world watched in May 2005 as she collapsed in court in Denpasar after being sentenced to 20 years in prison in Kerobokan prison.

After a series of sentences, Schapelle was released on parole in February 2014, after nine years behind bars.

TV debut: Schapelle made a brief appearance in the first season of SAS Australia last year

TV debut: Schapelle made a brief appearance in the first season of SAS Australia last year

TV debut: Schapelle made a brief appearance in the first season of SAS Australia last year

She lived with family in Bali until she was returned to Australia in May 2017.

The former beautician has always refused to import drugs, claiming the marijuana was planted in her luggage by corrupt baggage handlers.

Dancing with the Stars: All Stars continues Tuesday at 7:30 pm on Channel Seven

Conviction: In October 2004, Schapelle became a household name when she was arrested at Bali airport with 4.2 kg of cannabis wrapped in plastic in her boogie board bag.  She was sentenced to 20 years in prison in May 2005, but spent only nine years behind bars

Conviction: In October 2004, Schapelle became a household name when she was arrested at Bali airport with 4.2 kg of cannabis wrapped in plastic in her boogie board bag.  She was sentenced to 20 years in prison in May 2005, but spent only nine years behind bars

Conviction: In October 2004, Schapelle became a household name when she was arrested at Bali airport with 4.2 kg of cannabis wrapped in plastic in her boogie board bag. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison in May 2005, but spent only nine years behind bars

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