Strictly’s Ugo Monye opens up about painful injury which cut time on show short
27th October 2021

Ugo Monye has opened up about why he thinks he got knocked out of Strictly Come Dancing on week five.

The burly rugby ace was also forced to miss a week, due to a back injury.

Since leaving the show last Sunday, after a dance-off against CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson, Ugo has revealed why he thinks that happened.

The 38-year-old then went on Strictly's after-show It Takes Two to explain properly why he felt he couldn't beat Rhys and Nancy Xu.

Ugo, who has played rugby for England 14 times, said that the sport has wreaked havoc with his back and that it prevented him from training and appearing on the show.

He said: "I think everyone appreciates that health is the most important thing and I can't be any more grateful for Oti and the person that she is and the coach that she is but unfortunately, my body wasn't quite willing to do the things that my head was telling me."

Oti, 31, added: "But, we did give our best and [Ugo] did try so hard during the week and he was managing his injury.

"All week, I was asking, 'are you okay?' but for me, what I really loved and appreciated was that he didn't complain and he wanted to be there. There was this drive, this will and passion for this beautiful show."

Ugo added: "To do my last dance with Oti was amazing and you don't want it to be your last dance but I had a phenomenal five weeks on the biggest show on the telly."

When asked about training for the Rumba, Ugo said: "We've had the best time. We have laughed a lot. When Oti kept saying to me that I had to be sexy and sultry, I was like, 'what does that even mean?!'"

He continued: "It was good fun though, it was nice to do something a bit slow and different. I know the Rumba is a really tough Latin dance but in fairness, you're on the show to push yourself and push your boundaries… it's all been about brand new experiences for me and I absolutely loved it, even though it was my last dance."

When looking back at their best bits from their time on the show, Ugo said: "I do look back at my time with zero regrets. Did I have more to give? Yeah, I think so."

He said: "I can't be any more grateful for Oti and the person that she is and the coach that she is.

This week will be the Halloween special where the music, dances and costumes will be extra spooky.

Currently, at the top of the leaderboard are John Whaites and Johannes Radebe with 38 points followed by Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice with 37.

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