Strictly finalist Jamie Laing issues warning to 2021 star Ugo Monye Very tough

Ugo Monye revealed as final celebrity to join Strictly Come Dancing

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Strictly Come Dancing 2021 is airing on BBC One and the latest season has seen the nervous celebrities meet the professional dancers for the first time. They have all been warned to enjoy their time off whilst they can, as the competition is about to get tough. Former finalist Jamie Laing warned rugby star Ugo Monye about the work he will need to put in.

Ugo Monye has been paired with two-time champion Oti Mabuse for the 2021 competition, which could work in his favour.

The pro has already proven she is not a one-trick pony, so Ugo can start off the dance contest feeling relatively confident.

However, his progress will be down to the amount of work he puts in, and whether he can master the steps each week.

The sporting star already admitted he faces an “immediate challenge” of reversing everything he learnt in rugby.

He will need to completely change his posture for the dances, and he turned to Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing for advice.

Speaking to Express.co.uk and other media, Monye said: “I spoke to Jamie Laing who obviously got to the final last year.

“He has given me a fair amount of advice, he has told me how tough it is going to be, the amount of hours that he spent dancing.

“But also just once again explained how much fun you are going to have, how amazing the production is.”

The 2021 star also spoke to Ore Oduba, who won the series back in 2016 with Joanne Clifton.

He said it was hard to think of a “weak link” when asked who his biggest competitors were.

He said: “Adam Peaty, he is a born winner, isn’t he? He’s just smashed the Olympics.

“AJ Odudu, she just looks like a dancer. I know her quite well and she will absolutely commit to it, I think she will be phenomenal.”

The rugby star also pointed out how Tom Fletcher, known for making up part of the band McFly, already comes from the showbiz world.

He said: “I get the feeling everyone is really excited, but everyone wants to compete.”

The sports pundit played for England a total of 14 times in his career, as well as 241 times for his club Harlequins.

Asked whether he had sought advice from any fellow rugby players, he said: “Yeah a number of them, I spoke to Matt Dawson.

“Austin Healey who I am working with at BT Sport, he’s done it. He’s very competitive and he has already put pressure on me.

“Rugby players have generally done pretty well on this, so I know there is a bit of heritage and a standard has been set.

“So I spoke to a couple of guys, but it’s amazing.” He said he was already feeling the pressure to make the top of the leaderboard.

The star thanked rugby fans for their great response to his latest venture, adding it has been “really nice”.

His professional partner Mabuse is on Instagram and she shared a photo of the pair following the announcement.

She called the rugby star “best friend” as she offered some words of encouragement.

Ugo also shared the news on Instagram and fans flocked to the comments to offer their support.

Emily Campbell said: “Yasss! You scored there Ugo!” Meanwhile, Joseph Garratt said: “I can’t wait man!! Let’s gooo!”

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on Saturday, September 25.

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