Strictly: Martin Roberts expresses desire to compete on show
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Homes Under The Hammer star Martin Roberts, 57, has revealed he’s worried his plea to Strictly Come Dancing bosses may have been taken the wrong way, as he hasn’t yet received a call from them. It comes after the property expert took to Twitter last week to explain in a video to fans that he would “absolutely love” to take part in Strictly 2021.
Martin received plenty of support from fans in his bid to join the line-up, but now believes that “the decision making process is not influenced by public support”, as the BBC haven’t reached out following his social media campaign.
Speaking out on the situation in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Martin said: “I just got this overwhelming gush of support from people saying, ‘We’d love to see you on that’.
“So, clearly, the decision making process is not influenced by public support.
“I would have thought, at the very least, people would think, ‘He’s going to be a bit of a laugh’.
“So I have to be careful, I’m not desperate to do it, I’m just really, really excited to. And slightly bemused by the inability to even get over the pre-hurdle hurdle.”
He added: “I am very disappointed that somebody didn’t just get on the phone and say, ‘Listen, we’ve seen what’s going on. Just to let you know, there’s a bigger picture at play here. You know, we’ve already got somebody from something similar, or we’re trying to get a mix, but you’re on our radar. So we appreciate the enthusiasm and your desire to do the show’.
“Whether or not I ever got to go on Strictly again, it doesn’t matter, that would have meant a lot to me.”
Express.co.uk previously contacted representatives for the BBC about Martin’s hopes to be on Strictly, but received no comment.
Addressing the lack of response, the BBC presenter said: “[Newspapers] went for comment and nobody got a comment and you know, it’s like, that makes me feel just like they’ve taken it the wrong way.
“Literally, I have shot myself in the foot, which means I will never dance on Strictly.
“At the end of the day, that’s the BBC charter isn’t it? To listen to viewers and to respond, at least to some kind of groundswell of support or otherwise.
“You know, I can’t really push it anymore. I mean, what can I do?”
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Martin then suggested: “Maybe that’s the harsh world of TV, if it doesn’t fit then tough s**t, but it would be nice to have a bit of a reason.
“It doesn’t seem to make any sense to me. And it certainly didn’t seem to make sense to a lot of the people who wrote and supported me.”
It comes after Martin revealed he was feeling “hacked off” over the situation and asked his 27,000 Twitter followers to help him out in a campaign to land him a place in the ballroom and Latin dance competition.
The star said after being left heartbroken by the death of his beloved dog Rolo: “It’s been a really rough few weeks and I’ve just heard that Strictly, which is something that I’d absolutely love to do, won’t even have a phone call with me to see if I might be somebody who might be suitable for Strictly.
“And it is something that I would love to do, and not even offering me the chance to have a quick conversation and point out the fact that I haven’t got many years left in me.
“My body is falling apart, the guarantee is falling apart on various bits and pieces.
“And I am running out of chances to do something that I would love to do, and my daughter would love me to do, and I think I would be really fun at.”
Asking for extra support, Martin suggested: “So could we start some kind of campaign?
“This is probably totally wrong and I shouldn’t be asking, but can we get a ground swell, can anyone be bothered to actually try and do something?”
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