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Alan Carr says he turns down Strictly Come Dancing "every year"

Good Housekeeping UK logo Good Housekeeping UK 14/02/2020 Naomi Gordon
Alan Carr holding a sign posing for the camera: Alan Carr says he turns down Strictly Come Dancing every year because it's too much like hard work. © David M. Benett - Getty Images Alan Carr says he turns down Strictly Come Dancing every year because it's too much like hard work.

Alan Carr has dashed any speculation that he will take part on Strictly Come Dancing after revealing he turns it down "every year".

The comedian is appearing on The Graham Norton Show on Friday night (14 February) alongside Strictly dancer Oti Mabuse, during which he admits that starring on the BBC One is "too much like hard work".

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"They ask me to do it every year, and I say, 'No' because it's too much like hard work," the Chatty Man star confesses.

He continues: "I used to be able to sl** drop, but I can't anymore, I'm at that age. I like 'Oops Up Side Your Head' because you get to sit down!"

a person riding a horse in a body of water: Strictly Come Dancing 2019, week 1 - Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse © Guy Levy - BBC Strictly Come Dancing 2019, week 1 - Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse

Alan then goes on to show off his moves with the audience, while Oti judges their talents. The professional dancer won the competition last year with former Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher.

Oti is also Dance Captain on BBC One's The Greatest Dancer, and speaking about her role, the star said: "I am the nice person. To critique someone on something they have worked so hard for is very difficult."

The 29-year-old dancer also admitted it was challenging to disappoint children competing on the show, affirming: "That is the hardest part. I'm always in bits."

Strictly might be many months away, but it's already being rumoured that Made in Chelsea's Jamie Laing will return after pulling out of the series last year when he sustained a foot injury.

Head Judge Shirley Ballas is believed to be returning to the judging panel alongside Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.

The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One.


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