Strictly's Greg Rutherford almost QUIT over rivals' 'secret dance experience'

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Greg Rutherford has revealed how he almost quit Strictly Come Dancing 2016.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper, Greg has told how he had to be talked out of leaving by his girlfriend following the first training session with the other celebs.

And the Olympian complained about his rivals' past experience compared to him never even having run in a zig zag.

"On our first group training day, I had a complete meltdown. Everyone else was doing so great, picking everything up," Greg recalled. "I had to take myself off and get talked off the ledge by my girlfriend.

Greg and Natalie
Greg and Natalie

“You talk to the other guys about how hard you’re finding it and they’re like, ‘Yeah, I’ve never done anything like this before’. Then you find out they went to stage school.

“I’m like, ‘So you HAVE done something like this before’.

"I’ve just jumped into some sand — in a straight line, not even a zig-zag.

"I’m coming at this from zero experience.”

Greg went on to name names: "Melvin (Odoom) was a dance teacher, Danny (Mac) was in the West End and Will (Young) has all these dance classes.

“There’s Louise (Redknapp) and you remember how great Tameka (Empson) was on Comic Relief’s Let’s Dance? I’ve done nothing at all."

Last week saw Melvin hit back at 'fix' claims over his supposed 'secret dance past'.

He said of his work as a 'street dance teacher': "It wasn't like I was Justin Timberlake or anything! It was just random routines that anyone could probably put together. It was just my way of connecting with young people there, because I didn't have any other skills."


The TV presenter and Radio DJ told DigitalSpy: "Ballroom and Latin is completely different. There's so much to learn and there's a lot going on with your feet and your arms, the way you stand, your posture, your chest has to be a certain way. And with street dance, none of that is important - you just have to define your moves and remember a routine.

"Now there's a lot going on and then also you have a partner - anything that I've ever done before has just been me looking after myself, working out my own moves. But now I have to take into account [my professional partner] Janette and where she's going to be standing and where she's going to be landing and whether I have to spin her. There's a lot to do."

Strictly airs tonight at 9PM on BBC One.

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