John Prescott signs up for Strictly special

Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has signed up for the 'Strictly Come Dancing' Christmas special as he has always been a huge fan of the show

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John Prescott

John Prescott has signed up for the 'Strictly Come Dancing' Christmas special.

The former Deputy Prime Minister is a huge fan of the BBC One show and after speaking to series bosses, he will now take part in an upcoming festive special.

He said: "My wife Pauline and I are big fans of 'Strictly Come Dancing'. We've danced together for over 30 years and love watching the show."

John, 73, had been asked to take part in the show several times but had always turned the offers down because he didn't want the pressure of dancing in front of the nation every week - but he was convinced to do the Christmas special because it only requires 12 hours of training.

He added in a piece for the Daily Mirror newspaper: "I do get asked by a lot of people why I don't go on the show.

"I tell them I did enough dancing around in politics to do it all again on stage in front of millions of viewers every week."

However, one contestant John won't be up against is Lord Alan Sugar after the 'Apprentice' boss refused the BBC's offer to take part.

He wrote on twitter: "You won't believe the email I got from the BBC the other day, are they on this planet? Do they think I am Robbie Savage?

"Can you believe those plonkers at the BBC thought that I might be up for 'Strictly Come Dancing?! (sic)"

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