Vincent Simone rules out Strictly return

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Vincent Simone insists he won't return to 'Strictly Come Dancing' because too much has changed, but claimed he gets asked back every year.

Vincent Simone gets asked back to 'Strictly Come Dancing' every year - but he won't return because the show has changed too much.

The dancing professional - who has his own tour show, 'The Last Tango', with dance partner Flavia Cacace since leaving the BBC One show in 2013 - claims producers invite them to return for each series but he didn't like the way the programme was trying to be like America's 'Dancing with the Stars'.

He said: "The most important thing was that when I was involved in it there was only me, my partner and the music, nothing else.

"If I'm teaching you to dance people need to see you, what you've learnt - get involved with what we've created in the week.

"It works in America because in America everything is big, but I don't know. I think there was something about the simplicity of just a man and a woman dancing, in my opinion.

"Everything changed, so we thought - that's it, it's perfect to leave now."

Vincent doesn't think it would be right to return to 'Strictly' because there is a "younger" team of professional dancers nowadays so it wouldn't feel the same.

He explained: "Now these guys are much younger and they are a little team now because they know each other, that's like I had my own team, so it wouldn't be the same, I think."

However, the star still has plenty of fond memories from his time dancing on the show without too many special effects.

He added to the Sun Online: "I used to love it - especially when I made the final with Rachel Stevens, that was just me and her and the music and you get drawn into what we're doing and you don't have a car or a train, dogs ... So that was the best time. I was lucky to be part of [it]."

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