Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One is top of the television viewing calendar for many enthusiastic viewers, I must be honest, in January I don’t give much thought to the next series, I always start gearing up in the summer. However, yesterday on ITV’s Lorraine, a heart-broken Brendan Cole revealed that he has not had his contract renewed as a professional dancer on the show. I know, it’s hardly news now, most will have seen his emotional conversation with Lorraine Kelly, but if this really is the close of his Strictly career – what will you remember him for? Here’s a few of my highlights:
- Cha-Cha-Champion ~ Brendan made television history by being the first to lift the Glitterball trophy with partner, Natasha Kaplinsky. The pair looked set to triumph as the series progressed and were worthy winners. Although Brendan’s ‘persona’ as a bad boy was already set.
- Winter Winner ~ Brendan’s unwitting swan song was his Christmas special win with Katie Derham and I found myself quite delighted for him, after all, it was his first win since the very first series so it was certainly a long time coming.
- Trouble-maker ~ Brendan famously back-chatted the judges, if he wasn’t locking horns with Len Goodman he had a glare or two for Craig Revel Horwood. The on-screen relationship with new Head Judge, Shirley Ballas seemed to flounder from the start. Shirley didn’t appear to appreciate his confrontational manner and I admit I cringed, because I felt he was doing himself down after having reigned in the ‘bad boy’ image.
- Good egg ~ I will mostly remember Mr Cole for being so supportive of all the other couples on the show, following a performance the camera would often pan wide to show the other couples clapping and cheering their ‘colleagues’ and Brendan would be at the hub, leading the pack enthusiastically. I truly feel he is a team player through and through.
So, will I miss him? Yes, my opinion is that he is as much the heart of the show as Anton Du Beke and it wasn’t his time to leave. I agree that his last waltz should have been called by him, rather than the powers that be. Should the decision be reversed? No, I think that would make it look like he was begging and he’s so much better than that. One thing’s for sure though, if I won’t see him gracing my television screen this autumn, I’ll make absolutely sure to see his tour. Come on, Brendan – Arlene Phillips has gone on to better, you will too!
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