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Gyles Brandreth reveals he's previously turned down Strictly because he 'ain't got rhythm'


Gogglebox star Gyles Brandreth reveals he’s previously turned down Strictly Come Dancing because he ‘ain’t got rhythm’

Gogglebox star Gyles Brandreth has revealed he previously turned down Strictly Come Dancing due to his lack of rhythm.

The royal biographer, 74, said an appearance in the famous BBC ballroom was not in his future, despite being asked to appear.   

He wrote on Twitter: ‘Yes, I have been approached about doing #Strictly (and I’m flattered because I love the show), but sadly it’s not for me for this compelling reason:

Say what? Gogglebox star Gyles Brandreth has revealed he previously turned down Strictly Come Dancing due to his lack of rhythm

Say what? Gogglebox star Gyles Brandreth has revealed he previously turned down Strictly Come Dancing due to his lack of rhythm

‘I ain’t got rhythm … I REALLY ain’t got rhythm.’

His fans were quick to disagree, with one writing: ‘do it gyles please for the fans’ while another wrote: ‘But how wonderful would you look if the fabulous @bbcstrictly team got their hands on your jumpers! How great would they look with sequins added?!?!?!

A third typed: ‘Far more compelling though: the costumes, the sparkle, the chat…. You’d learn the rhythm bit. You would be dazzling.’ 

Fan favourite: The star is pictured with Carol Vorderman on Celebrity Gogglebox

Fan favourite: The star is pictured with Carol Vorderman on Celebrity Gogglebox

Candid: The royal biographer, 74, said an appearance in the famous BBC ballroom was not in his future, despite being asked to appear

Candid: The royal biographer, 74, said an appearance in the famous BBC ballroom was not in his future, despite being asked to appear

This comes after Helen Skelton became the final celebrity contestant confirmed for the brand new series of Strictly Come Dancing. 

The TV and radio broadcaster, 39, was widely tipped to be taking part in the BBC ballroom show and her spot on the programme has now been confirmed as she completes the full celebrity line-up.

It was revealed on Saturday morning on BBC Radio 2 during Claudia Winkleman’s breakfast show that Helen – who split from husband Richie Myler earlier this year – would be appearing on the show.

Helen said: ‘I’m really excited to get stuck into a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started.’

Confirmed: Helen Skelton is the final celebrity contestant confirmed for the brand new series of Strictly Come Dancing

Confirmed: Helen Skelton is the final celebrity contestant confirmed for the brand new series of Strictly Come Dancing

On Friday EastEnders actor James Bye, 38, – who has played the role of Martin Fowler in the BBC show since 2014 – was officially announced as the 14th star.

It comes after former X Factor star Fleur East and Countryfile star Hamza Yassin were revealed as the 12th and 13th stars on Thursday – joining earlier announced stars Kym Marsh, Will Mellor and Jayde Adams among others.

One source at the Corporation said: ‘Taking part on Strictly is a dream for so many celebrities, but so many of them have done it now. They have lived that dream and reaped the massive benefits of it. 

‘The success of Strictly is massive, the ratings are still huge so it will keep on going – but so many big names have appeared now that you have to wonder where the rest of them are going to come from now.’

Last year’s series was won by deaf EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis who was watched several times per week by at least two million viewers. And in its first ten years, household names such as John Sergeant, Emma Bunton and Jerry Hall took part.

After Miss Adams, a comedian from Bristol, and Mr Anderson joined Strictly fans took to social media to discuss how they are unfamiliar with some of the stars. 

‘Sorry don’t mean to be rude but who’s Jayde Adams?’ one wrote on Twitter, while another said: ‘Jayde Adams… nope never heard of her! #Strictly.’

STRICTLY COME DANCING 2022: WHO ARE THE CONTESTANTS?

KYM MARSH

Age: 46

Profession: Coronation Street star and presenter

Kym says: ‘I’m so delighted that this year they have! I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m going to go from watching at home in my pyjamas to actually dancing in front of the judges in a glittery dress.’

RICHIE ANDERSON 

Age: 34

Profession: Radio presenter 

Richie says: ‘This is a dream come true! I cannot wait to get in those sparkles and sequins and shimmy across the most famous dance floor in the world!’

ELLIE SIMMONDS 

Age: 27

Profession: Former athlete 

Ellie says: ‘To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to so much fun.’

TYLER WEST 

Age: 26

Profession: Radio DJ

Tyler says: ‘It’s a show that means so much to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously shake a leg on that shiny dance floor… with a side of sequins.’

ELLIE TAYLOR

 

Age: 38

Profession: Comedian

Ellie says: ‘Well, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I’m absolutely over the moon to be a part of Strictly 2022!’

TONY ADAMS MBE 

Profession: Retired footballer and manager

Tony says:  ‘To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of the sequins and the call of the salsa has me swapping my battered old football boots for a set of Strictly soft shoes’

  

JAMES BYE

Age: 38

Profession: EastEnders actor

James says ‘I’m not known for my shimmy or my twinkle toes – in fact my kids regularly laugh at my dad dancing but it’s an honour to be asked and I’m going to give it my best shot.’

HELEN SKELTON

 Age: 39

Profession: TV and radio broadcaster

Helen says: ‘I’m really excited to get stuck into a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started’

WILL MELLOR

Age: 46

Profession: Actor

Will says: ‘I know it will be a huge challenge but that’s what life is all about. This is also my Mum’s favourite show and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing this is for her as well. Bring it on!’

 KAYE ADAMS 

 Age: 59 

Profession: Television presenter 

Kaye says: ‘I said I wanted to make the last year of my fifties memorable and i can’t think of a better way of doing it than showing the world my two left feet. Pray for me!’ 

 JAYDE ADAMS

Age: 37

Profession: Comedian

Jayde says: ‘I’ve been a massive fan of the show for years. I feel like I’m watching myself in a dream and I can’t believe I’ve manifested this.’

MATT GOSS

Age: 53

Profession: Singer

Matt says: ‘I’ve been reclusive, I come and work and then go back to America. I thought, it’s time for me to come home and get out of my own way’

 MOLLY RAINFORD

 Age: 21

Profession: Singer 

Molly says: ‘I already know it’s gonna be an experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Strictly family I’ll be sharing it with.’

FLEUR EAST

Age: 34 

Profession: Singer

Fleur says: ‘I’m equally nervous and thrilled to be part of this year’s Strictly line up. I’m excited to learn new skills and I want to soak up every moment of this magical experience.’

 HAMZA YASSIN

Age: 35

Profession: Wildlife cameraman and presenter

Hamza says: ‘I am absolutely over the moon to be joining Strictly 2022. Never in a million years did I think I’d be on such a cool show.’

 

 

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