James Jordan waiting for Strictly Come Dancing to call ‘when they want an honest judge’

Controversial ballroom dancer and TV personality James Jordan has never been one to hold back when it comes to giving his opinion.

And the father-of-one, who appeared as a professional on Strictly Come Dancing from 2006 to 2013, hasn't spared his thoughts when it comes to the current judging panel of the hit BBC celebrity competition.

Speaking exclusively to OK! on the red carpet of last night's Together for Short Lives ball – and joined by dancer wife of 20 years and Strictly co-star Ola Jordan – James admitted he's anticipating the invitation to join the show.

"I think I'd be a good judge," James smiles. "I keep waiting for the phone call. As soon as they want an honest judge, I think I'll get the call.

"You know what – myself and Craig ]Revel-Horwood] always used to butt heads but when I watch the show as a viewer, I find myself agreeing with him the most."

James added: "I like him as a judge, he does a great job. When I was on the show we had our differences."

Joking, the former Celebrity Big Brother star quipped: "They [the judging panel] all do a great job… Obviously, I think I'd do better!"

The current Strictly panel consists of James former co-star and ex-professional dancer Anton Du Beke, as well as choreographers Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas.

James and wife Ola, 40, hit headlines at the beginning of 2023 after showing off their incredible impressive weight loss, attributing dance to having helped them get their enviable physiques back.

James previously sparked controversy when he confessed that he prefers his wife "smaller" after the pair opened up about how they had put on weight following their retirement from dancing.

Having recently undergone a fitness overhaul, Ola has defended her husband after his comments sparked backlash.

Speaking to OK!, James and Ola discussed the backlash from these remarks, with James telling us: "People chose to be offended by it on Ola’s behalf, which I find bizarre.

"Do I prefer my wife being healthier? Yes, I do. Does anyone want their wife to be miserable? No. Ola is so much happier now she feels herself again."

Defending her husband's comments, Ola added: "The comments were taken in the wrong way. After I posted the picture, a lot of people said there was nothing wrong with how I looked and that I seemed happy.

"I wasn’t. I was fed up with putting the same old stretchy dress on when we were on holiday and James could tell I wasn’t happy."

The Together For Short Lives ball, in partnership with OK!.


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