Strictly The Real Full Monty is set to air next week on ITV as 12 celebrities take on the challenge to strip in front of millions of viewers. One celebrity taking on the challenge is ballroom dancer and choreographer James Jordan who has opened up about his reasons for taking part and the concerns he has for his wife stripping on TV.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk and other press, James explained: “You know what, I have to say, working with Ashley [Banjo], obviously from another dancer, has been inspirational.
“To the point actually when Ola first joined, because you joined a couple of days ago, a last-minute thing, his vision had you in tears.
“The way he sees it and involves everyone in the routine choreographically, it has been amazing to work with him,” he added, praising the Diversity dancer and Full Monty choreographer.
James continued: “We were talking with one of the producers earlier, and I said, ‘Oh, well, I spoke to Ashley about the stripping, and he said you don’t really think about it.
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“It’s something that just happens, it’s something in the moment’, and Ola went, ‘Well, how would he know?’
“[And] I went, ‘He does it every year, and he is doing it this year’, and she went, ‘Ashley is stripping! Oh my god, I am so happy I’m doing it!’”
When asked how they felt about doing the strip, James said: “You know what I think that’s the only thing that we’re both absolutely terrified about, isn’t it?
“The stripping side of it, [but] for what it actually means to everybody, everyone’s individual story and everything the stripping side of it, is nothing.”
This year the Full Monty performance stars Laila, Martin Roberts, Christine McGuinness, Colin Jackson, Brenda Edwards, Duncan James, Demi Jones, Teddy Soares, Ola Jordan, James Jordan, Ashley Banjo and Coleen Nolan.
Strictly The Real Full Monty is led by Diversity member Ashley Banjo and is taking the famous Full Monty strip to a whole new level.
The first of two episodes of the show is set to air on Monday, December 13, with the second episode airing the following day on Tuesday, December 14.
Despite the celebs taking on the challenge to learn and 10-minute routine and stripping at the end of it, the main message is to raise awareness for cancer.