Strictly Come Dancing: ‘Held me back’ Star reveals biggest regret after losing out


STRICTLY COME DANCING saw Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton crowned the winners in the latest series of the BBC competition, and Joe McFadden and Katya Jones stormed the dance floor the year before that, but now a completely surprising reveal shows one contestant’s biggest regret.

When former Holby City star Joe, 43, and professional dancer Katya, 29, made it to the final in Strictly Come Dancing’s 2017 series, fans were euphoric and celebrated the pair’s deserved win.

But there was another contestant who lamented their loss in the programme – 55-year-old Simon Rimmer, who was paired up with Karen Clifton. The Sunday Brunch presenter and comedian went out of the BBC competition in week six, after a valiant attempt at mastering Ballroom and Latin dances.

And what’s more, Simon even joked it could have changed how long he was voted to stay in in the competition.

The Channel 4 host shared: “The thing I wished I’d done, I wish I’d actually learned about dancing before. I don’t actually mean learning to dance, as I think with someone like me it’d be a dangerous thing, having a little bit of knowledge, a few lessons of learning how to Waltz, that makes no sense really.

“So I’m glad that I didn’t do that, but I wish I knew what all the dances [themselves] were.”

Simon continued: “First week we did the Paso Doble, I had no idea what it was, what the history was, what it was supposed to be etc. And seeing everybody doing it. But I know what all the dances are now, I think that’s the biggest thing that I regret, I didn’t know the story behind the Paso Doble.

What happened in the Jive, and why the Waltz was done a certain way, so that, regret’s maybe too strong a word, but I think that lack of knowledge I had, held me back even as a completely lumbering middle-aged bloke doing it,” the star laughed.

Joking having a breadth of dance trivia wouldn’t “necessarily” have allowed him and Karen to get any further in the fiercely competitive show, Simon noted the first couple of days would have been much more relaxed.

“In all the six weeks I was in,” the former participant went on. “The first couple of days, when I didn’t know what I was doing at all, it just might have made it easier. I might have just looked back on it and thought, ‘You know what, I was actually alright on that.


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