Gerard McCarthy wants Strictly romance

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 May 2010
Gerard McCarthy

Gerard McCarthy

'Hollyoaks' hunk Gerard McCarthy is desperate to take part in 'Strictly Come Dancing' so he can find a girlfriend

Gerard McCarthy wants to find a girlfriend on 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The 'Hollyoaks' hunk - who plays bisexual cross-dresser Kris Fisher in the Channel 4 soap - is desperate to appear on the BBC1 show so he can become romantically involved with his professional dance partner.

He told BANG Showbiz: "Now that I'm looking for a girlfriend I'm going to appear on 'Strictly Come Dancing'. That seems to be the way for everyone to find a partner these days!

"I would definitely go on 'Strictly', because I'm a massive fan of the show. It would have been more difficult for me to go on it when Arlene Phillips was there, because she's a really good friend of mine."

Last series, ballroom dancer Brian Fortuna got steamy with his now girlfriend Ali Bastian and former boxer Joe Calzaghe danced into his partner Kristina Rihanoff's heart.

Although it is not known whether bosses have Gerard in mind for this year's series, the TV star is leaving 'Hollyoaks' after four years next month to start work on a new secret project.

Despite numerous rumours, the 29-year-old star will not be joining forces with his pal Arlene on the upcoming West End production of 'FlashDance', which she is choreographing.

He explained: "I would love to work with her again. And when the chance for us to do something else together comes up, it will be really fun, but I'm not doing 'Flashdance'. I think because there was a lot of hype about 'Flashdance', people automatically assumed I was doing it. Me and Arlene didn't help matters by joking about it on twitter, and that's where it sort of snowballed from.

"It's got to the point though where they're running it on London theatre websites saying 'Book tickets to 'Flashdance' starring Gerard McCarthy'!"

Instead, Gerard is thrilled about his new upcoming project.

He added: "The plan was to leave 'Hollyoaks' and go and do a musical. But everything's gone in the complete other direction. It's really, really weird because I'm about to do something that I never contemplated, I never thought I was going to do. It's still performing, it's not a reality show.

"I can't say what it is, but I'm really, really excited about it. The musicals are going to have to be put on hold for now, until next year at least."

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