Celebrity Gogglebox’s Bez would ‘love’ to do Strictly as he denies having unfair advantage
16th July 2021

Strictly: Gogglebox's Bez discusses potential appearance

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Musician Bez has revealed that while he is known for his iconic dance moves, he actually isn’t that good on the dance floor. The Happy Mondays star has hinted that he would jump at the opportunity to learn from a professional dancer.

I can’t actually really dance, I just do The Bez Dance.


Bez, whose real name is Mark Berry, 57, found fame as a member of rock bands Happy Mondays and Black Grape in the 1980s before going on to tour the world.

During his time in the music industry, Bez became known for his iconic “Bez Dance” in the group’s music videos, as well as performances at venues such as Glastonbury.

The Bolton-born percussionist today appeared on Lorraine Kelly’s self-titled ITV programme to discuss his latest material, performing vocals on a house record.

Bez told the Scottish presenter that the record was a “tribute” to what would have been his tenth anniversary of performing at Glastonbury — which has been postponed for two years in light of the pandemic.

However, while Bez may have been in one of the biggest bands of his time, Lorraine noted that music producing isn’t his only talent.

She asked the star: “Would you ever do Strictly Come Dancing?

“It wouldn’t really be fair because you’re so good at what you do, you have an advantage!”

Bez denied he would have more experience than other Strictly contestants, as he responded: “Well, I would love to do that show.”

“I think you’d be great on that,” quipped Kelly, 61.

Sharing his thoughts, Bez added: “Yeah, yeah because I can’t actually really dance, I just do The Bez Dance.”

While looking at a video of Bez performing in a Happy Monday’s music video, she joked: “You have got your very own dance, I mean look at that.”

While the line-up of the Happy Mondays has certainly changed over the years, Lorraine noted that Bez appeared to have “completed” the band.

She said: “I mean honestly, you are such a part of that band [Happy Mondays] — it wouldn’t have been the same without you, it just wouldn’t.”

“Well thanks to Tony who suggested I should join the band — it’s completely changed my life,” said Bez as he beamed from ear to ear.

It recently emerged that during the heyday of the Happy Mondays, Bez turned down a woman who went on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest names.

His bandmate and Celebrity Gogglebox co-star, Shaun Ryder, claimed that Julia Roberts is said to have invited the maraca player back to her home.

During an appearance on This Morning, Shaun, 58, said: “When we went to LA, Julia Roberts, the movie Pretty Woman had only just come out so she wasn’t the Julia Roberts who everyone knows now.

“We were in the Viper Rooms and Bez come over and he said, ‘You heard of Julia Joghurts?’, ‘Yeah, Julia Roberts yeah,'” said Shaun.

Shaun went on to tell Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that Bez said: “Oh, she’s just asked me to go back to her place.”

“He didn’t have a clue who she was,” added Shaun.

Shaun later added: “He didn’t go back to her place because he had about four other girls on the go in the club, anyway.”

Celebrity Gogglebox airs tonight at 9pm on Channel 4.

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