Ugo needs special Strictly Come Dancing costume to stop flashing

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 October 2021
Ugo Monye

Ugo Monye

'Strictly' star Ugo Monye needs a special costume for this week's episode to stop himself flashing on live TV

Ugo Monye will need to wear a specially made costume to stop himself from flashing 'Strictly Come Dancing' viewers.

The 38-year-old former rugby star is set to take part in the Movie-themed week of the Latin and ballroom competition, but his outfit has posed a problem for BBC bosses.

A source told the Daily Star newspaper's Hot TV column: "We're a family show and can't risk Ugo flashing his bits on telly!"

For the upcoming show, Ugo will dress up as Maui from the Disney film 'Moana', but he can't stay exactly true to the character, who wears no more than a grass skirt.

Discussing the character – who is voiced by Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in the movie – Ugo noted there is nothing gracious about the outfit, and his costume is definitely a break from his usual "suited and booted" look.

The demi-god appears barefoot in the animated favourite wearing no more than the grass skirt whilst sporting a necklace made out of whale teeth.

Ugo joked: "There is nothing suited or booted about him. In fact, he doesn't even wear shoes!"

However, the star was still keen to heap praise on the wardrobe department at 'Strictly', who he admitted are "just phenomenal".

He added: "We are down to the bare basics and I have got to say our wardrobe people are just phenomenal but I don't think they are going to have that big of a challenge with me."

Ugo is paired up with pro Oti Mabuse, 31, for the series and they got a score of 25 out of 40 for their performance of the Quickstep to 'Bring Me Sunshine' over the weekend.

Meanwhile, Oti was shocked after her dance partner made a very cheeky joke while they chatted to Janette Manrara on 'Strictly' spin-off show 'It Takes Two'.

Appearing on Thursday's episode (08.10.21), he couldn't resist an innuendo as he reflected on his scores and quipped: "I think what I've realised over the last couple of weeks is that I'm revealing parts of myself that didn't exist.

"I enjoyed last week more than the first week and we're hoping to see improvement – because as Oti's just said, she loves a grower."

Oti burst out laughing as Janette held back her own giggles and joked: "Referring to the dancing technique!"