Martin Roberts reveals he’s taking part in ITV’s The Real Full Monty
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Martin Roberts, 58, has insisted that it would have “meant a lot” if Strictly Come Dancing bosses had called him, even if it was just to explain why he couldn’t be part of the 2021 line-up. It comes after the Homes Under The Hammer presenter shared a video on Twitter back in June, in view of his 27,000 followers, asking fans to help him out in a campaign to land him a place in the BBC dance competition.
However, his pleas fell on deaf ears, as Martin later revealed that he didn’t receive a phone call from the producers of Strictly, despite his best efforts and a lot of public support.
Martin was then quick to hit back at those who may think he was being a “baby” by kicking up a fuss about not being contacted by the show.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, the property expert and BBC presenter said: “I imagine that they are sensitive to being overly BBC, but they usually have someone from BBC Breakfast or, you know, whatever.
“I’ve done I’m A Celebrity, although I’m mostly known for Homes Under The Hammer, it wouldn’t be seen as completely nepotistic.
“I just got this overwhelming gush of support from people saying, ‘we’d love to see you on that’.
“So, clearly, the decision making process is not influenced by public support.
“I would have thought at the very least, people would think is, ‘he’s going to be a bit of a laugh’.
“So I have to be careful, I’m not desperate to do it, I’m just really, really excited to, and slightly bemused by the inability to even get over the pre-hurdle hurdle.
“I am very disappointed that somebody didn’t just get the phone and say, ‘listen, we’ve seen what’s going on. Just to let you know, there’s a bigger picture at play here. You know, we’ve already got somebody from something similar, or we’re trying to get a mix, but you’re on our radar. So we appreciate the enthusiasm and your desire to do the show’.
“Whether or not I ever get to go on Strictly again, it doesn’t matter, that would have meant a lot to me.”
Martin went on to insist that although he understands getting a place on Strictly is very competitive, he would have at least appreciated a conversation with BBC bosses to explain the situation to him.
The star added: “Some people say, ‘well grow up and stop being such a b****y baby, you’re working in a highly competitive industry. So f**king shut up’.
“It just would have meant a lot to me.
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“[Newspapers] went for comment and nobody got a comment and you know, it’s like, that makes me feel just like they’ve taken it the wrong way.
“Literally, I have shot myself in the foot, which means I will never dance on Strictly.
“At the end of the day, that’s the BBC charter isn’t it? To listen to viewers and to respond at least to some kind of groundswell of support or otherwise. You know, I can’t really push it anymore.
“I mean, what can I do? I did the whole thing when I was having a bad day, but I was just overwhelmed by the responses.”
The host continued: “And now, it’s almost like I feel like I need to, not for me, but for all the people who supported me, it’s almost like I need to champion it for that.
“But it’s difficult because there’ll be those people who say, ‘he’s just desperate’, or, ‘he’s doing it for his own good’.
“Maybe that’s the harsh world of TV, if it doesn’t fit, then tough s**t.
“But it would be nice to have a bit of a reason. It doesn’t seem to make any sense to me, and it certainly didn’t seem to make sense to a lot of the people who wrote and supported me.”
Express.co.uk previously contacted representatives for the BBC about Martin’s hopes to be on Strictly, but received no comment.
Martin didn’t manage to secure a slot in the Strictly line-up this year, but he went on to perform in Strictly the Real Full Monty 2021, during which he was one of a group of brave celebrities who stripped off on-camera to raise awareness of cancer.
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