He was this year’s comedy contestant.
But Gregg Wallace didn’t rack up enough votes from the viewers, as he became the first celeb to be voted off ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ this weekend.
Unlike last year’s amusingly bad dancer, Hairy Biker Dave Myers, who lasted several weeks despite getting bad scores from the judges, the ‘MasterChef’ judge didn’t win over the public.
Gregg was in the bottom two and in the dreaded dance-off against ‘Mrs Brown’s Boy’ star Jennifer Gibney, with all four judges choosing to save Jennifer over Gregg. Ouch.
Gregg and Aliona Vilani danced a cheeky Charleston to “Hey Good Looking” by Ray Charles on Saturday, with Aliona in a French maid’s outfit and Gregg smashing his face in a cream cake.
The LOLZ weren’t enough, though. Why? We have a few theories…
1. The Aliona Dramz: Gregg’s time on ‘Strictly’ was marked from the start with drama after his pro partner Aliona’s less than enthusiastic reaction to being paired with him in the launch show.
That tension wasn’t helped when Gregg revealed that he probably would have preferred Karen Hauer. Not the best start to a partnership.
By the end, though, Aliona and Gregg had seemed to come to a happier place, with Gregg saying to his pro on his exit: “Thank you so much for your patience – you are a saint!” and Aliona tweeting: “Proud of @GreggAWallace for delivering a lovely and fun charlston! Well done!Thanks Gregg for giving it your best! #muchimproved”
2. The Nerves: Gregg told Tess Daly the show was: “The most terrifying thing I have ever, ever done. What I really liked most of all was practice, coming in here really scared me.”
He wasn’t joking, as he revealed in his Telegraph blog that he needed therapy to get through the show and was “in floods of tears”. Poor Gregg! We want to give him a massive hug now.
The former greengrocer wrote that he became close with fellow contestant Simon Webbe, and how he whisky with him plus Steve Backshall and Thom Evans after Saturday’s show.
3. The Controversial Comments: Gregg found himself in hot water last week when he made comments during his interview on Alan Carr’s ‘Chatty Man’ about female presenters.
When talking about ‘Strictly’ having two female co-presenters, Gregg said: “It would not work with cooking. You could not have two female judges on MasterChef, it’s a blokey thing.”
The Fawcett Society, the UK’s leading campaigners on women’s rights and gender equality, told the Mirror Gregg: “should be ashamed of himself”.
4. Not Being The Underdog: Gregg might not have impressed the judges, but ironically he didn’t score badly enough to gain the public’s sympathy.
Judy Murray ended up bottom of the leaderboard, with Gregg joint second from bottom alongside Scott Mills. Being the outright underdog could have saved Gregg’s bacon (*groans*).
As for the rest of them, the stand out (for good reasons) was Jake Wood who topped the leaderboard with his Salsa to “Mambo No.5”. Who knew Max Branning had such snake hips?
Next week is movie Week, but there’ll be no greengrocer going to Hollywood. Bye bye Gregg.