Strictly Come Dancing's Louis Smith hits out at 'joke' X Factor

Louis Smith (Strictly Come Dancing)

Strictly Come Dancing star Louis Smith has taken a swipe at The X Factor.

The Olympian previously auditioned for The X Factor, but was booted out of the show at bootcamp.

Speaking to the Radio Times this week, Louis claimed that Strictly was by far the better of the two shows.

"I could have felt lost when the Olympics were over,” he told the magazine, “but I have somehow found myself on the best show on TV. And we are smashing The X Factor [Strictly has attracted more than ten million viewers to its Saturday shows; often beating The X Factor by two million].

"I know I auditioned for the show a few years back, but Strictly is much more up my street. I knew I would be good at dancing and that Strictly was a show I could take seriously, whereas I just did The X Factor for a laugh.”

Explaining his move from singing to gymnastics (and then to ballroom dancing!), Louis said: “I was one of those annoying kids who was good at every sport. I tried it all -football, basketball, horse riding, ice skating, rollerblading - but gymnastics was the one I enjoyed the most.

"I had lots of adrenaline and wanted to try daring things - jumping on the trampoline, swinging on the high bars, falling in the foam pit - it was brilliant. There was so much more to it than football, where you pass the ball to each other, dribble round some cones and then have a shot at goal.”


Last night saw Louis fail to impress the judges with his "limp" paso doble leading to his lowest score of the series so far.

Strictly Come Dancing 2012 continues tonight, with the latest Strictly results show on Sunday 25th November at 1925 on BBC One and BBC One HD.

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