Peter Andre is studying Fred Astaire videos ahead of his 'Strictly Come Dancing' appearance.

Peter Andre

Peter Andre

The 'Mysterious Girl' hitmaker - who is favourite to win this year's show - has been preparing for the competition by watching old clips to learn some moves that were popular with audiences of their time.

He explained: "For the past 10 days I've been looking at clips of Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, the Nicholas Brothers and SammyDavis Jr. to see what they did to make the audience like their performances."

Though 'Strictly' will require a lot of work for Peter - who has children Junior, 10, and Princess, eight, with ex-wife Katie Price, and 19-month-old Amelia with wife Emily MacDonagh - he won't let interfere with family time.

He told HELLO! magazine: "I will have to be at the 'Strictly' studios early Saturday morning, but Saturday is pancake day in our family, so I won't be able to get away with not making them. I'll get up at 5am if I have to."

And the 42-year-old singer is hoping he won't have to dance to his own music.

He said: "I really hope they will never play that. Although I will try to do a mysterious twirl with a mysterious girl."