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Last Updated: Monday, 19 December 2005, 10:27 GMT
Dancing Gough 'may open studio'
Darren Gough and Lilia Kopylova
Gough and Kopylova's win was seen by 10 million people
Strictly Come Dancing victor Darren Gough is thinking of opening a dance studio after winning the TV dance contest, his spokeswoman has said.

The 35-year-old cricketer, together with dance partner Lilia Kopylova, beat rivals Colin Jackson and Zoe Ball to the crown on Saturday.

Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell told the Commons he was an "example" to contestants "all over the country".

Gough said the show had helped him develop "a real passion for dancing".

His spokeswoman said it was "definitely a possibility" that he might open his own studio.

"But it is not something we will look at straight away," she added.

Gough - who is currently practising for a Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special, to be aired on Christmas Eve - has had "lots of offers", she said.

'So much pressure'

The Essex fast bowler dropped out of the England one-day squad's tour of Pakistan so he could spend more time with his family.

But he plans to return to his cricketing career in the New Year, training with Essex and hoping to go on England's tour of India in March.

Gough, who started the series as an outsider, told BBC One's Breakfast he found himself under "immense pressure" in the dance show's final week.

"I think the success was coming from the bottom, working my way up and saving the best 'til last," he said.

"For 10 weeks we have had fun and we have laughed. This last week has been so much pressure. Disco dancing, that's what I have always been scared of."

Athlete Colin Jackson, who entered the final as the favourite to win, finished a close second while Zoe Ball, who was the bookmakers' favourite for most of the series, finished in third place.

The BBC One final was seen by 10 million viewers, according to unofficial overnight figures, giving it victory over ITV1 talent show The X Factor, which was seen by 9.3 million people.


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