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Date TimeAugust 29, 2019
VoiceThere were more reasons for me not to take part than there are sequins on all the outfits of all the ballroom dancers in the world
I have been begged to do Strictly Come Dancing. Here’s why I turned it down | Adrian Chiles
Once upon a time, when I was presenting The One Show, I used to get asked – begged, even – to do Strictly Come Dancing. On one occasion, a couple of channel executives, who have since moved on, took me to dinner to try to talk me into it. They even pulled out glossy 10x8 photographs of the new professional dancers. I am sure this wasn’t their intention – they were just trying to enthuse me about the whole production – but to anyone looking on from another table it must have looked as though they were inviting me to take my pick.
There were more reasons for me not to do Strictly than there are sequins on all the outfits of all the ballroom dancers in the whole wide world. It is not so much the dancing itself. In fact, I am a quite brilliant dancer. My problem is that I can do it only when no one is watching – not even me. Seriously: I can’t even look at myself in the mirror doing it. One day this summer, I was looking after my friend’s cockapoo, Hugo, and, close though we are, I couldn’t dance in front of him. I went to pieces.

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