Former Strictly star speaks out on childish behaviour and feuds

Strictly: Simon Webbe performs Argentine Tango in 2014

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Strictly Come Dancing is often praised for bringing people together and providing some warm and feel-good entertainment during the winter months. Many contestants speak fondly of forming lifelong friendships after taking part, however, former Blue star Simon explained how his experience on the BBC competition was very different to the public perception. The boyband icon called some of the people of the show “childish” and revealed he hasn’t spoken to his dance partner, Kristina Rihanoff, in years.

The 44-year-old singer seemed to be enjoying his time on the show during the 2014 series, making it to the final alongside the late Caroline Flack and her partner Pasha Kovalev, who ultimately won the series.

He has shared a different and darker side of his experience, though.

“There was a lot of clashes but I’m not gonna name any names because it can be very, very cliquey with celebrities,” he admitted.

He went on to explain how he’d noticed many of the contestants would stop talking as he entered a room.

Speaking to the Daily Star, he added: “That’s one of the things I hate about being a celeb sometimes because you can walk into a room and everyone stops talking.

“I’m like, ‘Why have you stopped talking? Now you’re making me feel like you’re talking about me.’

“[They’d say] ‘No, no, no we’re not, we’re not.'” But Simon detailed how he would hit back during such instances.

He recalled how he’d openly tell his co-stars they were “childish” and should “grow up”.

Talking about his dance partner, Simon confessed he hasn’t kept in touch with her.

He told the publication he and Kristina send each other birthday messages, but not much else.

It isn’t the first time the singer has lifted the lid on the behind the scenes details of the show.

Last year, he talked about how the pairing between celebrities and dancers is done.

“In the early stages of the competition when the stars aren’t yet partnered up and there are just rehearsals, all of the pros are watching,” he remarked.

Talking to Closer magazine, he continued: “They then take their pick and request who they want to the producers – it’s like speed dating!

“Then when the competition starts, they all throw their all into it to try and take home the Glitterball.”

Simon received mainly positive feedback from the judges when he took part in the series eight years ago.

His moves impressed the public as well, although he also found himself in the bottom two on three occasions.

This year’s competition is starting to push forward, with a third couple set to be eliminated on Sunday’s show.

Loose Women star Kaye Adams was the first to leave the competition with her partner, Kai Widdrington.

This was followed by radio personality Richie Anderson leaving last week’s show with his partner and last year’s winner, Giovanni Pernice.

Fans of the show were stunned when singer Fleur East and partner Vito Coppola ended up in the dance-off with Richie last week, and three of the four judges agreed she should be saved from being sent home.

This week, hosts and judges have been emphasising the importance of the public throwing their weight behind their favourites by voting to keep them in the competition.

Strictly Come Dancing: The Results airs on Sunday at 7pm on BBC One.

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