BBC Strictly star admits he didnt enjoy show after tough experience

Strictly: Greg Rutherford opens up on intense training

Former Strictly Come Dancing star Greg Rutherford has opened up about his experience on the show after taking part in the 14th series back in 2016. The 37-year-old is appearing on the next series of Dancing On Ice and has admitted he’s been enjoying the experience more so far than he did on the BBC show.

Speaking exclusively to, the sports star explained: “I just found it really, really difficult, the whole show was really tough. I was sort of working as hard as I possibly could, but it didn’t feel like I was having as much progress as what I probably should have because I wasn’t very good.

“It was a very different experience, I don’t think maybe I enjoyed it as much as I’ve been enjoying this experience so far, but of course, the live shows haven’t started yet. It’s gonna be interesting to see how I react once we’re back on TV,” he divulged.

The Olympic star credited the long hours of rehearsing as one of the reasons why he found the show so difficult. He continued: “With Strictly, you train so much, we were doing 10 to 12 hours a day. I only had one young child at that point so it made life easier.

“It’s a really difficult show, especially for people who have never danced before or have any form of stage background. I had none and some did so that definitely made it different. But it was a great experience,” Greg admitted.

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The television personality was partnered with former professional dancer Natalie Lowe and the pair ended up making it to seventh place.

Presenter Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton went on to lift the Glitterball, with Louise Redknapp and Danny Mac just being pipped to the top spot.

The Olympian has partnered with Dogs for Good charity and More Than for a new campaign which aims to show people how they can benefit from the companionship and confidence dogs can bring during the festive period.

Speaking about the campaign, Greg told “The research has shown that dogs are the massive unsung hero, especially over the festive period.

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“Our dogs are just family pets but I see every single day, the importance they have on all of my children, especially for my child that’s on the autistic spectrum as well.”

Greg Rutherford has partnered with MORE THAN Insurance and UK charity Dogs for Good to showcase how dogs can support families during the festive period, particularly those with autistic children. To find out more and donate to Dogs for Good’s Winter Appeal visit here.

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