The Chase's Mark Labbett has revealed he would love to take part in Strictly Come Dancing. See some of his moves as he rehearses for Let's Sing And Dance For Comic Relief
The professional quizzer said the celebrity version of ITV’s The Chase might go up against an episode of the BBC’s Strictly on a Saturday night, causing all kinds of problems.
“Our biggest problem is, while we’d all love to be considered, quite often we’re directly opposite Strictly Come Dancing with the celebrity version of our show,” he said.
“Which could mean there would be political reasons why we wouldn’t be invited.”
Mark will appear on the BBC’s Let’s Sing And Dance For Comic Relief tonight to perform a Wizard Of Oz medley along with three of his fellow Chasers – Anne Hegerty, Shaun Wallace and Jenny Ryan – who have mixed feelings about a potential stint on Strictly.
Chaser Jenny Ryan said: “If we were on two channels at once, we would be even more dominating!”
Shaun said he definitely “wouldn’t do it”, but added that Ryan and Hegerty would surely “love to” take part in the celebrity dancing programme.
Mark joked that Shaun would only turn down Strictly because “he hasn’t got time for the compulsory love affair that goes with it”.
But Mark, who is 6ft 7in and is said to weigh 27 stone, said he would struggle with the meagre calorie intake while in the jungle camp.
He said: “I would certainly be interested in both shows. With I’m A Celebrity, the biggest problem for me is, I think, the default calorie intake. Without even winning the trials it’s 800 calories a day, which is a little bit below my diet.
“I’m only half joking when I say if I was in there for the whole three weeks I’d lose about three or four stone.”
Having been linked to the programme last year, he said: “They had a chat with me and they said when they had really big guys on in the past, they’ve had a tendency to shut down after a couple of days because their body is starving.
“But it’s something I’d love to do, and certainly it’d get me into shape. I need to starve myself before I go in there to get used to it, I think.”
Let’s Sing And Dance For Comic Relief continues on BBC1 tonight, 6.45pm