Olympic sprint medallist Oscar Pistorius has warned the BBC he would seriously consider pulling out of the latest ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ line-up unless judges pair him with a more competent partner.
Pistorius, who has won 25 medals at the London 2012 Paralympics said that no amount of gold medals or world records could possibly make up for the crushing disappointment of being paired with dance partner and celebrity half-wit Denise van Outen and that his future participation in the event could no longer be guaranteed.
But bookmakers soon had Pistorius down as favourite to make it through to the finals after hearing the line-up also included former Eastender Sid Owen and TV presenter Jonny Ball.
‘Yes, to be honest we had Owen down as favourite to start with’ said bookies runner John Forden ‘...but then realised they had chosen Sid Owen and not that bloke from Last of the Summer Wine. Then we cancelled all bets and gave the punters their money back. I’m sure Sid will give it his best shot but I don’t think they’ve included the Hokey-Cokey this time round so we’ve lengthened his odds a bit’.
Pistorius was not alone in condemning the Corporation’s decision to pair him with Van Outen and found support from veteran ‘Strictly’ judge Len Goodman – who agreed the sprint champion would stand a better chance of making it through to the second round with a more elegant dance partner.
‘No denying she’s a nice girl and all that but let’s face it’ said Len ‘ it would have been far easier to teach Lonesome George how to pull off a complex ‘paso doble’ dance routine than wasting precious time with Denise’.
‘To be honest’ agreed Pistorius ‘if I had to choose from either of those two old reptiles then Denise would almost certainly come a distant third. And George wouldn’t have needed as much time putting his make-up on either.
However, it was not all bad news for Van Huten with former Westlife singer Nick Byrne saying he was relieved that Pistorius had considered pulling out of the competition, claiming the runner had an unfair advantage over the likes of him and Daybreak presenter Richard Arnold, pointing out that the sprint champion didn't have as many legs as they had.
A spokesman for the BBC said the Corporation fully understood the concerns raised by Pistorius but if he made himself unavailable then they would be turning to another Beeb favourite to partner Van Outen
‘Yes, and I don’t think there will be any complaints regarding the suitability of Denise's dance partner this time. And he’s available too....well, he will be soon as he’s finished recording the latest series of ‘The Sky at Night’ added the spokesman
Pistorius to pull out of ‘Strictly’
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Olympic sprint medallist Oscar Pistorius has warned the BBC he would seriously consider pulling out of the latest ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ line-up unless judges pair him with a more competent partner.Posted 4 years ago #
Funny. Ironic that someone who made such a big stink about competing can't actually run that fast on any type of leg.Posted 4 years ago #
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