In 2019, reality TV star Jamie Laing was paired with Oti Mabuse and raring to throw himself into the glitzy world of Strictly Come Dancing. However, a torn ligament meant he was forced to pull out of the competition before it had even begun and he was replaced by Kelvin Fletcher, who went on to win the series with Oti.
Now, Jamie is ready to give Strictly another go – and he’s not too worried about his injury flaring up.
“I played a lot of sport when I was younger and you got injured and then you went back into rugby or football or tennis matches and you didn't think about the injury. So no, I don't think I will think about the injury at all. I’ve done a lot of physio, so hopefully it'll be fine,” Jamie told Goodhousekeeping.com/uk and other press.
“If I get injured again, I think it just be embarrassing. Last time people felt sorry for me, this time people would just be like: ‘What a wimp’. So, I hope I don't get injured this year.”
When asked about whether he’d like to give his partnership with Oti Mabuse, the current reigning Strictly champion, another try, Jamie said:
“Oti is incredible and if I got Oti again this year, that would be an incredible story for sure.
Every single professional dancer is incredible so whoever I get, I feel sorry for, but I feel like whoever get I'm just going to be happy and lucky that I'm in the show,” he said.
Jamie has spoken to 2019 star Chris Ramsey for some advice.
The comedian said: ‘Jamie, I thought this was going to be hard but you have no idea how much effort [it takes] and how hard it is and you really have to train.’
“I think that’s going to be a shock,” Jamie added.
The reality star has already begun preparing for the intense training, after a lockdown period which saw many of us changing our lifestyles.
“I tried to keep in shape for a bit. I think I'm in shape. I ate a lot of cake, which turns out is not that healthy. And so I've stopped eating cake. And I've gone on really long walks so I’m really fit. That’s my fitness at the moment,” he said.
Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One from this Saturday, 17 October.
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