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Paul Daniels tells all about Strictly Come Dancing
by Emma Midgley
BBC Berkshire Reporter

Paul Daniels and Ola
Paul Daniels said he tried to be funny during his Strictly routine

Wargrave magician Paul Daniels failed to create magic on the dance floor on Sunday and was voted off.

The 72-year-old, whose dancer wife, Debbie, is a presenter on BBC Radio Berkshire, said that the experience had been worth it, and that he would do it again.

He said "I never danced before. I didn't understand it."

Paul said he had been "frightened" of dancing before as he was "shy and retiring".

Taking part in Strictly Come Dancing helped him overcome his fears.

Weight loss

"When Debbie and I renewed our vows a couple of months ago, I danced with Debbie, I danced with my mother, I danced with my niece," he said.

Paul also lost weight while taking part in the rigorous dance training sessions.

"I lost a stone. In fact, I thought, this is a good trick, I'm disappearing!" he joked.

"I've always been fit, despite being an idle so and so.

"I don't exercise."

However, the magician said he felt liberated "beyond belief", to have his normal life back.

"Yesterday, when normally I would have gone in to four hours training, I was in my dressing gown all day, my feet were up, it was just brilliant.

"Yesterday I returned to my normal life."

Mr Daniels was criticised by judge Craig Revel Horwood for his burette spin, which the judge described as "infantile."

Paul Daniels and Ola Jordan
Paul Daniels said taking part in Strictly had banished his fear of dancing

Bruno Tonioli compared him to a pepperpot.

But Paul said the "spin" was a deliberate joke - after producers asked him to make the routine more comical.

"Ola came very early on in the week, and said that we had to make it funny," said Paul.

"I said, are you sure this is funny? She said: "They want this funny". So what I did, I took an old pantomime ballet dance thing that comics do and I did that.

"Nobody told the judges it was supposed to be funny and they thought I was doing it seriously.

"I was framed."

"I had no delusions of grandeur. I knew I would be going out quite early on. In show business we are always saying goodbye.

"The season's over, you move on."




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