Steph McGovern quizzes John Whaite's partner on Strictly curse

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The new series of Strictly Come Dancing is well underway and last Sunday’s instalment saw the first elimination of the series. Former EastEnders star Nina Wadia and Coronation Street actress Katie McGlynn were placed in the bottom two, and so they had to take part in the dance-off. In the end, the judges chose to save Katie, meaning Nina was sent home. Every year, BBC bosses invite a variety of celebrities to take part in the competition and in the past, they have seen a number of presenters and actors take to the dancefloor. However, one celebrity who has turned down the chance of winning the Glitterball Trophy is wildlife expert, Ray Mears.

Ray began his career in television in 1994 when he presented BBC series, Tracks.

He then went on to host Ray Mears’ World of Survival, which became so successful he landed two spin-off programmes including Ray Mears’ Bushcraft and Wild Britain with Ray Mears. 

The 57-year-old has also recently teamed up with channel History Hit where he launched two new series, Ancient Britain with Ray Mears, and Invasion with Ray Mears. 

In an exclusive interview with, Ray admitted he loves trying new things and taking on opportunities, although, he would never take part in a reality TV show.

He also claimed that a number of TV bosses have approached him in the past to take part in the likes of Strictly and Dancing on Ice.

When asked about whether he has been approached to take part in any reality TV programmes before, Ray continued: “Yes, of course, and they’ve always got the same answer.

“I mean I think over the years probably all of them [have approached me].”

Discussing why he wouldn’t sign up for Strictly Come Dancing, Ray simply replied: “It’s not what I do.

“I take my hat off to those who do it because they work very hard.

“I can’t stand reality TV,” the presenter added. “It’s the death of television.”

On Saturday, the 14 remaining celebrities will take to the dancefloor once again to show off their best dance moves in a bid to impress the judges.

On Sunday, the celebrity with the lowest votes will bid farewell to the series in another elimination.

The first star to be voted off the show last weekend was former soap star Nina and her dance partner, Neil Jones.

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When it came to the voting, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse decided to save Katie while Anton du Beke decided to vote to save Nina.

However, in the end, head judge Shirley Ballas decided to save Katie and her dance partner, Gorka Marquez.

Speaking after the elimination, Nina said of her experience: “It has been really fun.”

Turning to Neil, she continued: “Thank you so much. He has been incredible.”




Paying a tribute to his dance partner, Neil praised: “You have been a dream.

“Second partner on the show for me and I wouldn’t have wanted anybody else.

“You have been fantastic. So much fun, literally we are like a married couple.

“It has been so much fun together. You have worked so hard, you said you wanted to dance and you have done two fantastic dances and I am really proud of you.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday at 7pm on BBC One.

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