Strictly’s James Cracknell denies reports of backstage meltdown

"I know I’m no John Travolta"

James Cracknell Strictly (BBC)

Strictly Come Dancing’s James Cracknell has denied reports that he had a backstage tantrum on Sunday night, after he was named the first celebrity to leave the show.

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The former Olympic rower reportedly raged behind-the-scenes and declared he wished he’d “never done the show” after he and his professional dance partner Luba Mushtuk were both eliminated, losing the dance-off to footballer David James.

Posting a link to a story detailing the claims, Cracknell posted on Twitter: “I don’t reply to people’s comments but I’m not gonna let this one go. @LubaMushtuk & I had fun & our best dance but it wasn’t enough.

“I know I’m no John Travolta so to throw my toys out the pram would be stupid,” he added.

A source previously alleged in an article in The Sun that Cracknell had to be calmed down backstage: “He was livid at being axed. He was saying things like, ‘It was a massive mistake to do Strictly. I’ve been made to look completely stupid’.”

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Cracknell scored bottom and second-bottom in the two weeks that he performed on the show, his last dance being the Jive to Little Richard’s Tutti Frutti.