Len Goodman shares why he won't be watching himself on Strictly this Christmas!

Outgoing Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman has said he will not be tuning into the show’s Christmas special this weekend, just in case he spots himself with a crooked bow-tie.

The former ballroom dance champion loves Christmas television, but does not like to see himself on the screen – even if his wife wants to watch.

The 72-year-old said: “I never watch myself, but sometimes my wife likes to watch the Strictly Special on Christmas Day.

“I don’t like looking at myself much on the telly, I always think ‘why did you say that you silly little thing’ or ‘what did you do that for?’ or sometimes I notice that my bow-tie gets all crooked and all that so it’s best I just don’t watch myself.”

Instead, he revealed he loves the excuse to tuck into champagne and a mountain of satsumas for breakfast on the big day.

Laying out his typical Christmas Day, he said: “On Christmas morning, we get up and we go into the kitchen and I’ll say ‘let’s have a glass of champagne’ and its only 9am in the morning. When else would you ever do that?

“Then we have a lovely breakfast and then I’ll sit around, open my presents and then I’ll eat 10 satsumas and then lunch of course will be cooking.

“I love Christmas. I love everything about it; I love the telly and all the repeat films they show.”

But he added that receiving gifts is the one festive tradition that he has little time for.

“Once you get to a certain age you have enough things and I have truly got everything,” Goodman explained.

“People buy me stuff and I don’t want it, if they must buy me something then socks are always handy and I don’t mind the odd pair of underpants but I don’t want any more things.

“I know it sounds horrible, but if the truth be told when my son asks, ‘what do you want’, I say ‘nothing’ and he says ‘well you got to have something’ and I say ‘well get me a pair of socks or a pullover’.

“I’ll open the present he gets and it’s three golf balls and a miniature bottle of whisky.”

Len Goodman makes his final appearance as head judge on the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special at 6.45pm on Christmas Day on BBC One.

More in this Section

Tyson Fury: 'I want to train with Conor McGregor'Tyson Fury: 'I want to train with Conor McGregor'

Robert Pattinson explains why he thought Twilight was a ‘weird’ storyRobert Pattinson explains why he thought Twilight was a ‘weird’ story

Host announced for 2020 Grammy AwardsHost announced for 2020 Grammy Awards

Disappointment for Carrie Underwood as Garth Brooks wins CMA titleDisappointment for Carrie Underwood as Garth Brooks wins CMA title


Lifestyle

In an industry where women battle ageism and sexism, Meryl Streep has managed to decide her own destiny – and roles, writes Suzanne HarringtonJeepers Streepers: Hollywood royalty, all hail queen Meryl

'Ask Audrey' has been the newspaper's hysterical agony aunt “for ages, like”.Ask Audrey: Guten tag. Vot the f**k is the story with your cycle lanes?

Daphne Wright’s major new exhibition at the Crawford addresses such subjects as ageing and consumerism, writes Colette SheridanFinding inspiration in domestic situations

Christian Bale and Matt Damon tell Laura Harding about their roles in Le Mans ‘66, the tale of the men paid by Ford to take on the dominance of Ferrari in the motor-racing worldFoot to the floor: Christian Bale and Matt Damon talk about Ford, Ferrari and the 24 hours of Le Mans

More From The Irish Examiner