Brendan Cole: 'I'll miss Strictly final for birth'
Brendan Cole will not miss out if his wife goes into labour and would be prepared to miss the final of 'Strictly Come Dancing'
Brendan Cole is prepared to miss the 'Strictly Come Dancing' final if his wife goes into labour.
The professional dancer - who is partnered with Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton - is expecting his first child with wife Zoe Hobbs and with her due date being just two weeks after the final of the BBC One show, and if they made it through to the end, Brendan would be prepared to leave Victoria without a partner to witness the birth.
Speaking at the launch of Blake's new album 'Start Over' at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London, he exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "There would be no way I would miss the birth. Zoe and the baby are my priority. If me and Victoria get through to the final and Zoe goes into labour, I would rush right away to be with her. I wouldn't care about missing the final. Victoria would cope and they'd be able to find her a replacement."
Brendan - who won the show in 2004 with newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky - loves working with double Olympic gold medallist Victoria, and insists she doesn't cry as much as people think.
He added: "Working with Victoria is great. She's really passionate, like me, which I love because she's putting loads of work in to be good. She's always laughing and I've hardly seen her cry."