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Caroline Quentin hints at Strictly feuds as she claims ‘other things going on’ backstage

Strictly: Caroline Quentin says she 'can't wait' for a dance off

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Caroline, 60, took part in the first-ever socially distanced edition of Strictly Come Dancing last year as BBC bosses managed to get the show on air during the coronavirus pandemic. To partner with professional Johannes Radebe, 33, the comedian and actress had to isolate herself from her loved ones in order to compete. However, this was a real struggle for her and several months after Bill Bailey, 66, won the latest run, she has now opened up about her experience behind-the-scenes.

The couple were the fourth to be eliminated from the competition, around the time Nicola Adams, 38, had to withdraw from the show as her partner Katy Jones, 31, had tested positive for coronavirus.

They were the only contestants to leave the show as a result of the professional dancer contracting the illness.

However, Caroline doubts this was the only case to have occurred among members of both the cast and crew.

“I think there were probably other things going on, not that I know this, but I imagine there were other things with the wider crew and stuff,” she claims.

“I’m sure people were not well and things but that was kept very much in its own bubble and dealt with and we were all sent back with a different pair of shoes on the next day and learnt another dance,” Caroline added.

The former contestant went on to hint at a feud as she said with regards to the professional dancers: “Some of those people are so ambitious to do well.

“They don’t care what they put their guest through. They really don’t. There’s all manner of humiliations that go on.”

Caroline has always praised Johannes for training her through the competition. has contacted a representative of the show for comment on the claims made on the My Time Capsule podcast.

As well as this, the actress of stage and screen explained that “isolation” was the “hardest part” about competing.

“I’m an outdoor person and I struggled very much with living in a bedsit and I lived on my own,” Caroline said.

I imagine there were other things with the wider crew

Caroline Quentin

“I found that difficult, I know Bill [Bailey] did as well, not being in touch with nature was hard for that period of time.”

The comedian suffered a backlash from viewers during her time on the show for licking her partner Johannes during one of their performances.

It was a moment captured in what would be their final routine before making an exit from the competition as she only became aware of the outrage on social media when the professional told her.

Addressing the fury, the actress said: “Johannes came off, because he’s always looking at Twitter, and he went, ‘Oh God.’”

“I said, ‘What, Johannes?’ He went, ‘People don’t like the fact you licked me.'”

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“Let me just say that Johannes was completely complicit. I am not a licker. I did not take it upon myself to lick him,” Caroline went on to explain.

“We talked about it. It was consensual licking. It was meant to be funny. So get a sense of humour or f**k off.

“One or the other. I don’t care,” she told The Guardian, having previously revealed the moment was not planned.

Speaking on It Takes Two following her exit from the show, she said: “We didn’t actually practice it in rehearsals.”

“It came out during the dress run and it was given the stamp of approval by people who know about that sort of thing. I’d do it again tomorrow, I have to say,” Caroline added.

With Bill winning the crown back in December, the rumour mill is already going into overdrive as to who could compete this year.

According to bookmakers, BBC Breakfast star Dan Walker, 43, is one of the favourites to sign up at 2/1 and his chances of victory standing at 16/1.

Coral spokesperson John Hill said: “The BBC Breakfast team have a good record on Strictly Come Dancing and Dan Walker could be the latest from the show to appear on the dancing contest this year.”

Strictly Come Dancing is scheduled to return later this year on BBC One.

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