It blindsided you’ Strictly Come Dancing star speaks on colleagues ‘painful’ exit
Strictly: Ugo Monye says Nina Wadia’s exit was ‘painful’
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BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing saw the departure of Nina Wadia and Neil Jones on Sunday night after they were eliminated from the show after two weeks. Speaking to Zoe Ball on her Radio 2 show, Ugo detailed the painful feeling when someone gets eliminated as they all feel part of a family.
Zoe began: “I have to say you’re an amazing gang this year, Ugo is there a lot of support amongst each other? I know Dan Walker has set up a WhatsApp group.”
“It’s nuts because up until the results show yesterday it was a case of this is so nice this dysfunctional family that’s come together, everyone’s best friends already,” Ugo replied.
“The WhatsApp group is flying, and you think we’re just on the show for 13 weeks, we’ll become best friends, and we’ll go off and then bang someone’s going.
“Nina, I’ve only known a few weeks, and due to Covid, you’re not able to spend much time with them, but knowing someone was going home and left, it was really painful and almost blindsided you,” he explained.
Ugo went on to describe the atmosphere of the group and praised Loose Woman Judi Love for bringing “so much love and light”.
Touching on Tom Fletcher’s absence from the show, Ugo said: “Tom Fletcher couldn’t perform last week he said a great video into the group just saying that he’s missing us.
“So, it’s nice to know that although it’s a competition, it’s a really nice lovingly spirit amongst all of us.”
Zoe also mentioned Nina and Neil’s absence: “That moment Nina and Neil went out last night, of course, you can no longer run onto the floor and give them hugs, and I was like ‘This is so harsh.’”
Saturday night’s show will mark Movie Week with Ugo taking inspiration from the film Moana, which Oti mentioned wouldn’t go down well with his daughter Ruby.
He touched on his children’s reaction to his dance on Saturday night, commenting: “They loved it, we watched it back again, and Phoenix and Ruby were just dancing around trying to copy the steps.
“To be perfectly honest, as I’ve said before, they’ve got way more grace and poise than I certainly displayed on Saturday night.
“They just liked seeing their daddy wearing a bit more cloth,” Ugo joked.
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Zoe continued: “Yes, that was quite an outfit I have to say congratulations on that, but this time suited and booted looking absolutely beautiful.”
Ugo mentioned playing the part of Maui in their dance on Saturday would mean his daughter would disapprove of his lack of clothing again.
“She’ll be happy with the movie that we’re dancing too which is Moana, so I’m going to be playing the character Maui,” he explained.
“But it might mean I’m wearing significantly less clothes than I had on at the weekend, you said suited and booted well, there’s nothing suited or booted about Maui.
“In fact, he doesn’t he wear shoes, we are down to the bare basics,” he joked with Oti laughing in the background.
Zoe also asked how Ugo felt with the quick turnaround of learning a new dance and how he was feeling with the pressure.
“It’s good, do you know what you spend a week of learning something you get to Saturday and then Sunday with the results show and it’s adrenaline it’s really a sort of rollercoaster,” he explained.
“But Monday morning with a brand new stimulus, new song, new routine, it gives you so much light until you get to Tuesday you start to panic.”
Zoe Ball airs tomorrow at 6:30am on BBC Radio 2.
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