Strictly Come Dancing’s Mike Bushell put dance teacher in hospital with moves

Fingers crossed the BBC’s sports presenter has better luck with pro partner Katya Jones

He’s famously not too clever on his feet, having memorably fell into a pool of water mid-interview – and it seems Strictly Come Dancing star Mike Bushell won’t have better luck on the dance floor.

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The 53-year-old has admitted that he once took down a dance teacher while practising his moves.

“When I was younger I thought I’d like to do a degree in performing arts, so I went to a college for an interview and was asked to follow the teacher and do a series of moves,” he told Radio Times magazine.

“I kicked my legs in the air and took her down – she had to go to A&E.”

Mike Bushell BBC Breakfast interview
Mike Bushell BBC Breakfast interview (BBC screengrab)

But Bushell said there was “no way” his troubled dance past would deter him from Strictly.

“It’s the opportunity of a lifetime,” he said. “I’m used to taking a lot of stick – so nothing worries me, really.

“Although I don’t want to frighten the nation by getting my chest out. It’s a family show.”

Professional dancer Katya Jones said she is thrilled to be partnered with “perfect” Bushell, and even teased a memorable dance to beat her salsa to Gangnam Style with Ed Balls.

“I’m excited about teaching him how to dance – I mean, what a student!” she said. “We’re here to create some iconic moves.”

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Strictly Come Dancing launches Saturday at 7pm on BBC One. Read the full interview in Radio Times magazine, out now