Duncan Bannatyne: Deborah Meaden’s Strictly performance has surprised the Dragons

The Dragons' Den star said he'd be keen for stint in the I'm A Celebrity jungle but won't "because it does ruin your profile a little bit"


Duncan Bannatyne has revealed his shock at how well his fellow Dragon Deborah Meaden is doing on Strictly Come Dancing. 


Speaking to RadioTimes.com at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Bannatyne admitted, “I’m actually quite surprised at how well she’s doing – I think all the Dragons are. I was with Deborah at the Pride of Britain Awards and she said she is as well. She’s done so well, it’s amazing. And she’s in the top half of the leader board – I think she’s going to do really, really well.”

The multi-millionaire Dragons’ Den star – who was at the festival promoting his new book, Riding the Storm, which details his acrimonious divorce from second wife, Joanne – also went on to discuss Meaden’s dedication to training for the dance contest. 

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“She’s working very hard at it – Robin [her dance partner] told me every second that she’s allowed to practise, she practises. There’s six hours a day where you’re allowed to go and train in the studio and she’s there for the full six hours.”

Bannatyne himself has previously taken to the dance floor for a Sport Relief special but stated he would never be persuaded to compete in a full Strictly series. “No, I have no rhythm. I’d do it again for Sport Relief but that’s different because you’ve got to laugh at yourself when you go and do it and it’s ok to be laughed at like that. If I did Strictly people would laugh at me for the wrong reasons because I can’t dance.” 

Would he take part in any other reality shows? “I wouldn’t say no but I can’t think of one that I would do. I’d love to do the jungle – if I did one I’d love to have that experience – but I don’t think I’ll ever do it because it does ruin your profile a little bit.”

In the meantime, Bannatyne confirmed his intention to take part in the next series of Dragons’ Den, although he did admit to routinely questioning his time on the show. “I often finish it and think, ‘Can I do it again?’ How many times can I say, ‘I’m out’ or ‘It’s ridiculous’ or ‘It’s ludicrous’ and then I get asked to do it again and it works so I don’t see a reason not to.” 



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