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Jay Blades teases return to Strictly after stint on Christmas Special: ‘Watch this space!’

Jay competed on the Christmas special with Luba Mushtuk (Picture: BBC/Guy Levy)

The Repair Shop host Jay Blades hinted he could end up back on Strictly Come Dancing after appearing as one of the celebrities on last year’s Christmas special. 

The 2021 festive edition was won by singer-songwriter Anne-Marie, who was partnered with Graziano Di Prima.

But she faced stiff competition from fellow stars Jay, broadcaster Adrian Chiles, television presenter Mel Giedroyc, newsreader Moira Stuart and First Dates star Fred Sirieix.

With fans always speculating who might end up on the next series of the hit BBC show, previous contestant Jay addressed whether he’d look to make a comeback.

Chatting to Metro.co.uk at the premiere of Peaky Blinders this week, he far from ruled it out.

Jay told us: ‘Strictly was good. But it was really, really hard work. I mean, unbelievably hard.’

Paired up with Luba Mushtuk, the pair scored 34 points for an Only Fools And Horses-inspired jive.

Asked whether he would ever consider doing it all again for a full series, he teased: ‘Watch this space!’

He wouldn’t be the first contestant to do the double, with EastEnders star Maisie Smith previously competing in a Children in Need special before making it to the final in 2020.

The furniture restorer also responded to the lovely reaction from fans to his recent documentary titled Jay Blades: Learning to Read at 51.

The one-off saw him learn to read on Zoom via the charity Read Easy during a six-month project

Having left school with no qualifications, and later being diagnosed with dyslexia, the presenter revealed his ultimate goal was to read a bedtime story to his teenage daughter Zola, ahead of her 16th birthday.

On the comments from fans who tuned in, he said: ‘The feedback was so amazing, it just put me in a little shell, and I got a little bit overwhelmed.

‘I’m shocked at how many people liked it, it was unbelievable!’

Strictly Come Dancing is expected to return later this year to BBC One.

 


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