Strictly Come Dancing: Les Dennis reveals the one dance he wished he learned before elimination

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2 Oct 2023, 11:36

Les Dennis on Strictly Come Dancing

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Telly icon Les Dennis has revealed the one lesson he wanted to take away from Strictly Come Dancing. 

The stage and screen star became the first eliminated star of 2023 after he faced radio presenter and broadcaster Nikita Kanda, in the dreaded dance-off on Sunday (1st October). 

Both couples ran through their routines again, in the hope of better impressing judges Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood, Anton Du Beke and head judge, Shirley Ballas.

Nikita Kanda and her partner Gorka Márquez performed the Charleston to Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) by Beyoncé, before Les and his dance partner, Nancy Xu, delivered their Samba to Rock The Boat by Hues Corporation.

After the two routines, it was Les who became the first celebrity to depart the show in 2023.

Speaking exclusively to before his elimination, we asked Les what he wanted to take away from his time in the dance competition, and it turns out that he had some big plans to impress wife Claire with his ballroom skills. 

Les explained: “When I met my wife Claire, we danced. She asked me to dance, and I couldn't dance. So what I'm hoping to take from this, from Nancy teaching me, is to be able to go on to a ballroom and dance a waltz with Claire.”

Unfortunately for the Coronation Street star, he won’t get the chance to flex his waltzing ways on the dance floor, but he was thrilled to be able to “learn a new skill” after over 50 years in showbiz. 

He continued: “As I get long in the tooth in my career, I don't want to just tread water and do the same thing. I did my first opera a couple of years ago and worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company without any training. So this is the ultimate, to learn a new skill as I come up to my 70th birthday.”

During the first results show of the series last night, Les was asked by host Tess Daly about his time on the show with pro dancer Nancy who he described as “a great teacher” who put him through his paces. 

He added: “That lot up there, I’m going to miss you so much. I really appreciate and understand the judge’s point of view, thank you so much (To Shirley) for giving me a 10 for entertainment. I hope I’ve entertained, that’s what I came here for. Strictly is the best and the people who put this on, you’re just all amazing!”

Les and Nancy will join Fleur East and Janette Manrara for their first interview live on Strictly: It Takes Two on Monday 2nd October at 6.30pm on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 7th October at 6:20pm.