It’s safe to say that Pixie Lott’s shocking send-off on Sunday’s Strictly Come Dancing results show caused more uproar than Miley Cyrus riding a wrecking ball (almost), but did anyone think about how Simon Webbe, who performed against Pixie in the dance-off, might feel after reading that he should’ve gone?
Probably not, no. Us included. But it turns out we definitely should’ve, because he’s now spoken out about how HATED he feels after reading how everyone thinks Pixie was robbed.
Obvs we’re all guilty of expressing our opinions about who should/shouldn’t have gone on [insert reality TV programme here], but this is probably a lesson to think about the other person, right?
After reading all the comments about people potentially boycotting the show after Pixie’s exit, 36-year-old Simon has admitted that he feels sadder than a kitten in a sock, and is worried that he’s now got a massive target on his back.
WE LOVE YOU SI.
Speaking to The Sun about how he fears he’s a hated man now, he admitted: “I had accepted that I would be going home when I was in the dance-off with Pixie.
“I thought I deserved to be in the dance-off because the competition was so high on Saturday. We opened the show but we didn’t really come in with a big bang, not compared to Caroline (Flack) and her three tens. She was amazing!
“So when I got through, I was ecstatic. It was a massive shock. But I’ve been reading social media and I’m a bit worried everyone’s going to hate me because a lot of people thought Pixie was a better dancer and didn’t deserve to go.
“But Len is head judge and he chose me. With his trained eye, perhaps he saw something the public didn’t. I just want to work hard and try not to let Len down.”
FOUR FOR YOU SIMON, YOU GO SIMON.
Simon’s fears for Sunday started before he’d even stepped foot on the dance-off floor (which is technically SATURDAY ACTUALLY), as he explained: “I’d actually accepted that I was probably going home on Saturday morning. I told myself that the best times I’d had so far were when I let go and enjoyed it. So I did that. It helped.
“Doing the dance-off is the dark side of the show. You do stand there and shake.”
SHAKE IT OFF, SHAKE IT OFF etc etc.
And it seems the friendly and warm Strictly environment has improved more than his dancing, admitting that it’s also helped him mentally after suffering severe depression and alcoholism before starting the show.
He revealed: “There’s a family environment here with everyone from the security, to people behind the cameras, to the dancers. And the judges have been amazing. They’ve never put me down.
“Strictly is the most enjoyable show I’ve ever seen and been in. Doing Strictly, aside from Blue, is the best thing I’ve done. I’ve learned a lot about myself. I have learned it is OK to have an air of confidence. You also appreciate everything that is around you. I feel I’ve done myself proud.
“It’s one of those experiences you don’t want to end and you’ll remember for the rest of your life.”
*Enter ‘having the time of his life’ pun here.*
We still love Simon, and we’ve LOVED watching him improve week after week.
IGNORE THE #HATERZ, BABES.
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