Former Family Fortunes host Les Dennis shared his thoughts after being eliminated from the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing. The 69-year-old comedian and presenter found himself at the bottom of the leaderboard following his samba performance to Rock The Boat by The Hues Corporation with his dance partner Nancy Xu. Despite his best efforts, he was voted out during Sunday’s dance-off against radio presenter Nikita Kanda.
During his appearance on Strictly’s spin-off show, It Takes Two, Dennis expressed his gratitude for the audience’s positive response to his nautical-themed routine. He mentioned how Judge Shirley Ballas praised his entertainment value, stating that entertaining the audience was his primary goal on the show. He acknowledged that he might not have been the best dancer, but he enjoyed the experience and had a great time.
Dennis began his performance in dramatic fashion, being lowered down on an anchor, a stunt he enjoyed due to his previous experience on shows like The Russ Abbot Show. Despite his efforts, he received a score of two from judge Craig Revel Horwood, the lowest individual score of the episode. Reflecting on Revel Horwood’s critique, Dennis remained unfazed, understanding that it was part of the judge’s job. However, his 12-year-old son, Tom, was less accepting of the criticism and even contemplated expressing his displeasure to Craig Revel Horwood in person.
After watching a montage of his journey on the show, Dennis expressed his appreciation for how far he had come. He mentioned his fondness for working with Nancy Xu, praising her teaching skills and her ability to bring a smile to people’s faces through their performances. Xu reciprocated the praise, describing her experience teaching Dennis as “remarkable” and expressing gratitude for the opportunity to make people smile through their performances.
In conclusion, despite being the first to leave the competition, Les Dennis remained positive and grateful for his time on Strictly Come Dancing. His focus on entertaining the audience and his camaraderie with his dance partner Nancy Xu made his journey memorable. Strictly It Takes Two airs on weekdays on BBC Two at 6.30 pm, giving fans an opportunity to delve deeper into the contestants’ experiences on the show.