Danny John-Jules, known for his acting roles in Red Dwarf and Death in Paradise defends this year’s Strictly Come Dancing choice to include several contestants with professional dancing backgrounds.
This includes former Pussycat Dolls band member Ashley Roberts and Steps band member Faye Tozer.
John-Jules, who admits he’s had professional dance training in the past, came to the defence of both himself and his fellow criticised contestants.
“Mate that ain’t got nothing to do with nothing! Granny Smith and Granny Jones sitting there and having a cup of earl grey with the children – the last thing they are going to be talking about is who has dancing experience.
‘Oh she has a lovely smile I am voting for her!’ that’s what you are going to get,” he explained.
Speaking alongside Faye Tozer at a recent Strictly press event, he said both he and Faye ‘deserve a chance’ to be on this year’s show.
“But what are you going to do? The reason she was asked to do it is because she is from Steps!” he said.
Tozer agreed saying, “I’m from Steps! I mean it was going to come up!”
“Essentially it is an audience show and it is the audience that will decide. If you can dance or if you can’t, they decide who they want to see on the telly and they will fall in love with who they fall in love with,” she continued.
Strictly Come Dancing starts Saturday September 8 on BBC One at 7.35 pm.