Strictly Come Dancing backstage tension revealed as competition heats up

There’s reportedly tension backstage on Strictly Come Dancing ahead of the latest live show.


Those left on the Strictly 2018 line up this year are Capital Radio DJ and TV presenter Vick Hope, Steps star Faye Tozer, YouTube star Joe Sugg, England cricketer Graeme Swann, Red Dwarf actor Danny John-Jules and TV Doctor on This Morning Dr. Ranj Singh.

Joining them are BBC Three documentary maker Stacey Dooley, Pussycat Dolls singer Ashley Roberts, BBC News journalist Kate Silverton and comedian Seann Walsh.

Rounding off the current cast are Paratriathlete Lauren Steadman and Casualty actor Charles Venn.

And ahead of the latest live show, Graeme has shared all on the behind the scenes goings on.

Speaking to BBC Five Live’s Test Match Special Podcast, he joked: “It is feral out there – the eyes I get from Tess Daly, I’m not sure if they’re smouldering or murderous.”

Graeme continued: “It is showbiz remember – everyone is ‘lovey dovey darling’ to your face but behind closed doors you are pulling out knives from your back every five minutes.”


He went on to claim there were “one or two” people that “no one liked”.

Asked if everyone gets on, Graeme said: “For the most part it is. There’s always one or two, just like in the cricket team, one or two no one likes but pretends to for the good of the show.”

He added: “There are one or two who have done more dancing than they [the professionals] have – but let’s not get too bitter about that.”

Graeme also shared an awkward encounter with Seann Walsh after his kiss drama with Katya Jones.

“Thinking he’s a comedian he’ll find the lighter side of this – he didn’t,” the cricketer explained. “I said ‘I’m going to follow you around. I want to see how awkward the 35 introductions you do to everyone today, since the incident, are going to be’.


“Again I thought he’d find the funny side. He just looked at me and said ‘Please don’t, mate’ and walked off.”

Strictly Come Dancing 2018 continues Saturday and Sunday night on BBC One.