Brendan Cole takes swipe at Strictly format as he admits ‘Things have to grow’

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Former Strictly Come Dancing pro dancer Brendan Cole has slammed the current format of the show saying that the early days were “proper old school”.

“Family entertainment, good old fashioned family entertainment [is the most enduring thing about the show],” he said.

“If you look back to the early days of Strictly it was proper old school with Bruce Forsyth.

“That’s where for me, it should have stayed,” he opined.

Brendan, 47, was the first ever pro to lift the glitterball trophy with his celebrity partner, newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky and appeared in 15 series of the Saturday night BBC show from its launch in 2004, so he is well placed to discuss the show’s format.

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Acknowledging that things change he said: “Things have to grow and grow.

“It has to be bigger than last year and it has to be bigger than the other shows, so I understand where they are at now.

“But it’s still magical, beautiful entertainment, and the key with Strictly is that you’re watching relationships.

“You’re watching two people – could be fifteen lots of two people but you’re watching a relationship develop. Whether that be friendship, a connection, a love, something even better, or a bit of clashing.

“You’re watching the development of relationships live before your eyes under the pressure of the microscope of the television, the judges, and the fan base. Like I said before, it’s a pressure cooker,” he added on behalf of Sky Bingo.

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Theorising as to who could win this year he advised looking at previous victors saying: “The ones who have potentially gone all the way or won it [in the past], their relationships have been amazing to watch.

“You watch the chemistry; you watch the friendship grow and the respect that they have between each other.

“That’s quite often the demise of couples. When the respect disappears – forget about it. You can’t fake it for that long on TV,” he said.

Recently it was revealed that Brendan and his family are living in a tent in Spain. The dancer and his wife Zoe and their children Aurelia, ten, and Dante, four will be glamping in the garden of their home in Mallorca until renovations are completed on the property.

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