Bez says he wants to appear on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’

"I’d have a top time and give it 100 per cent" says Happy Mondays legend

Happy Mondays legend Bez has stated today (February 23) that he wants to appear on BBC reality TV show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

Bez is known for his involvement with Shaun Ryder-fronted bands The Happy Mondays and Black Grape, and was their backing dancer and ‘hype man’ across both bands’ rise to stardom. The dancer, percussionist and author today spoke in an interview, talking about his love of dancing and how he would enjoy time on the ballroom reality show.

According to The Mirror, Bez commented: ‘I reckon I could go all the way…dancing has made me famous, and entertaining people is what I do best. I’ve lost count of the number of blokes who’ve come up to me over the years and said “thanks for making it OK for indie guys to get on the dance floor.”‘


It wouldn’t be the first time the Madchester legend appeared on a reality show, having won Celebrity Big Brother in 2005. “I’m a man of the people, a man for all people” he commented. “I reckon that’s why I won Celebrity Big Brother. People saw the real me, a decent bloke.

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“When I was running for election in Salford last year I promised to provide free food for the people. Along with an army of volunteers last week, we created Salford’s first forest garden, planting apple trees on common ground, which will produce 40-50 kg of apples every year, free food for the people.

“The locals were coming up and shaking my hand, saying I was the only person who campaigned last year who actually delivered on their campaign promises” he pointed out, pitching his reasons for why he deserves a spot on the BBC show.

“I always deliver on my promises, and I can promise that doing Strictly would be as much of an entertaining laugh for the viewers at it would be for me. Bring it on, I’m well up for it!”

Happy Mondays members Shaun Ryder and Bez also took part in a special celebrity version of Dave’s hit auction-based reality series Storage Hunters UK, competing alongside fellow famous faces including comedian Bob Mortimer, boxer Carl Froch and former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt in a one-off celebrity special.

Both Happy Mondays members have performed well on reality shows in the past. Bez won Celebrity Big Brother in 2005, while Ryder finished as runner-up on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2010. Ryder hosted his own paranormal TV series, Shaun Ryder On UFOs, on the History channel in 2013