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Strictly Come Dancing 2021: Tom Fletcher got McFly bandmate Harry Judd’s blessing before signing up

Tom Fletcher is competing on Strictly Come Dancing 2021 (Picture: BBC)

Tom Fletcher has been tipped as one of the frontrunners to win Strictly Come Dancing 2021 already, and the series hasn’t even kicked off yet.

But the McFly star may have an inside scoop on the journey to the coveted Glitterball trophy, as his McFly bandmate Harry Judd won the competition a decade ago, in 2011.

Speaking to press including Metro.co.uk ahead of the launch on Saturday, the 36-year-old revealed he approached Harry first of all, to get his blessing.

Discussing the reaction of the All About You singers, he said: ‘I checked with Harry first, he was the first person I asked, because it was his thing. So I wanted to make sure he was happy with me doing it, but he was fully supportive and said I should totally do it, and that I would have the best time.

‘The other two [Danny Jones and Dougie Poynter], they just laughed and said they’ll support me if it’s something I want to do.

‘We’ve all been through it with Harry before so they know what to expect, and I guess it’s funny seeing your mate do something that you would never normally see them do.

Harry Judd won Strictly Come Dancing in 2011 (Picture: BBC)

‘I think they’re looking forward to seeing me get Strictly-fied.’

Honestly, same.

Tom also revealed there is pressure on him to do well because the competition has been such a huge part of the band’s story, and he wants to do it justice.

When asked if he had been given any advice from the former champion, he laughed: ‘I can’t shut him up about Strictly, I haven’t been able to stop him talking about Strictly for 10 years.

‘But I don’t know whether I should trust his advice, or if he’s trying to secretly steer me in the wrong direction, because he’s quite competitive. I don’t know how far he wants me to go.

‘I’ve always felt like if I did it, there would be pressure. Strictly has been a part of McFly’s life, it’s part of our history, it was an amazing time for our band when he won Strictly. It has been his thing for a while.’

The dad-of-three also insisted that there will be comparisons between them both during the competition, but he is hoping to ignore that and just enjoy his time on the dance floor.

Which is fair enough.

‘I did feel like there will be pressure for me to go far, but I feel like after 10 years, I just want to have a fun experience,’ he vowed.

‘You only get to do Strictly once, it’s an amazing, national treasure, this show, and I just feel like I want to have the best time and not worry about competing with Harry Judd.’

Strictly Come Dancing kicks off on Saturday, September 18, on BBC One.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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