Illusionist Derren Brown has revealed he turned down an offer to take part in the BBC's reality dancing competition Strictly Come Dancing. The 40-year-old told heat magazine this week that he didn't want to do the show because he was worried about being bad!
Brown told the glossy weekly magazine how the BBC asked him to take part in the reality show after learning about his ballroom dancing experience as a child. "I politely declined," he said, "I'd be terrified of being s**t. I never took it that seriously. I just thought it was fun. All I really knew was the routines I was doing. I didn't develop general dancing skills."
The modest Channel 4 star added that he felt the description of him being a "champion dancer" was inaccurate. "I'd hesitate to use the word 'champion'," Brown explained, "At university level, maybe."
He added: "Doing it pretty much killed any love I had for dancing. It's very contained and regulated - or at least that was my experience of it. Once I started doing ballroom dancing, I lost the ability to just relax and dance."