The star revealed on Lorraine today he understands why he has gained his reputation for the feistiest professional on the BBC show
BRENDAN Cole has admitted that he has brought on his own reputation for becoming the “bad boy” of Strictly Come Dancing.
The professional dancer, who has been on the show for the past fifteen years, has become infamous for his on-air outbursts, fights with the judges and rowing over scores.
Speaking on Lorraine today, Brendan admitted that he was the cause of his own problems.
He said: “I tend to be a bit more argumentative than the other pros. I’ll tell you a little secret, the pros, they’ll get in the changing room and they’ll be [gabbing away] left right and centre.
“I unfortunately can’t control myself enough to do it in the changing room, I have to do it live on-air.”
However, the star insists that his comments are done with the best of intentions, and said: “It’s frustrating because I’m not a horrible person. I’m a very nice person – my wife will tell you! And my mum!”
But he added: “It’s one of those things where I don’t hold back, if I believe something I will say it.”
The star’s comments come after he jumped to the defence of his partner of this year Charlotte Hawkins, after she received a string of harsh critiques on the show.
“I’m big on morals,” he said. “I have to do the right thing at the right time and I had to stick up for Charlotte and the stuff that she was getting from the judges, and in particularly, Shirley.”
“Unfortunately you can’t control adrenaline.”
Following their dance during movie week, a Top Gun-themed tango, the former Queen of Latin had barely got to the end of her sentence before Cole interrupted: "I'm really sorry, but there was no rise and fall."
She told him to look back over the footage, to which Cole firmly responded: "I will, my dear."
He has also since urged BBC bosses to consider introducing a handicap system for performers who have had previous professional training.
Speaking to The Sun, Brendan said: “It wouldn’t hurt if there was a handicap system, like in golf.
“It would be good for people who don’t come from a stage school or performance background like Debbie, who has a ballet dance history.”
Charlotte Hawkins, 42, was a complete novice as was the Rev Richard Coles, 55, and Simon Rimmer, 54, – all of whom were quick to be axed from this year’s series.
He reckons rookies who have avoided the chop — such as Ruth Langsford and Susan Calman — have done so by being funny.
Brendan said: “The couples that aren’t as good as the rest are doing great comedy routines.”
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