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Greg Wise admits he ‘messed up hugely’ as he reflects on Strictly elimination

Greg Wise appeared on Monday’s It Takes Two alongside his professional dance partner Karen Hauer and admitted he ‘got the fear’ ahead of his elimination from Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday.

The actor, 55, said of his and 39-year-old Karen’s Samba: ‘For some reason, I got the fear and messed up hugely at the start of the dance.’

He added: ‘Then, I messed up hugely at the start of the dance the second time around.’

‘The fear’: Greg Wise appeared on Monday’s It Takes Two alongside his professional dance partner Karen Hauer and admitted he ‘got the fear’ ahead of his elimination from Strictly (pictured during an Instagram Q&A before It Takes Two)

Praising her celebrity partner’s determination, Karen added: ‘It was fun. It was exciting. [Greg] did have good hip action, there were hiccups but at the end of the day, it’s how you pick up the dance.

‘He didn’t stop and say ”Oh, I messed up”. The whole thing about the journey and Strictly is how you go on and continue and that’s what you did.’

Greg optimistically referred to his departure from the show as a ‘joyful explosion’, saying: ‘The lovely thing about it was that we were going out to entertain.

‘We were having this joyful explosion and could there be a better way of being kicked off the show than after doing that dance?’

Elimination: Greg was the third celebrity contestant to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing during Sunday night's episode

Elimination: Greg was the third celebrity contestant to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing during Sunday night’s episode

He also shared that he will miss Strictly’s class of 2021 and making his co-stars tasty snacks.

Greg sweetly noted: ‘I’ve been making lovely lunches everyday for Karen. I made everyone jam – I was the jam fairy at the start of it all. I made arancini for the Italian boys because they were missing home and missing their food.

‘I don’t know what anyone’s going to do now I’ve gone!’

Looking back at his best bits from his time on the show, Greg gushed: ‘My Strictly experience has been the most beautiful exploration of a world I never knew.’

Greg sweetly noted: 'I've been making lovely lunches everyday for Karen. I made everyone jam ¿ I was the jam fairy at the start of it all'

Greg sweetly noted: ‘I’ve been making lovely lunches everyday for Karen. I made everyone jam – I was the jam fairy at the start of it all’

Karen  looked typically stylish when she arrived to film It Takes Two in London hours earlier.

The professional dancer stepped out in sleek leather trousers teamed with an edgy biker jacket and was joined in the capital by her former celebrity dance partner Greg Wise, with the actor opting for a bold orange jacket.

Greg was the third celebrity contestant to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing during Sunday night’s episode.

Brave face: Karen looked typically stylish when she arrived to film It Takes Two in London on Monday

Brave face: Karen looked typically stylish when she arrived to film It Takes Two in London on Monday

Bold: Karen was joined in the capital by her former celebrity dance partner Greg, with the actor opting for a bold orange jacket

Bold: Karen was joined in the capital by her former celebrity dance partner Greg, with the actor opting for a bold orange jacket

Karen beamed for photographers as she made her way into the BBC studio and teamed her look with a chic black shirt.

Greg covered his nose and mouth with a scarf as he exited a cab holding a rucksack.

He teamed his bright jacket with navy jeans and brown lace-up boots. 

Also arriving for It Takes Two filming were Oti Mabuse and her partner Ugo Monye, judge Anton Du Beke, Nancy Xu and her partner Rhys Stephenson and Judi Love and Graziano Di Prima.

Beaming: Karen beamed for photographers as she made her way into the BBC studio and teamed her look with a chic black shirt while Greg wore a face mask

Rucksack: Greg carried a rucksack

Beaming: Karen beamed for photographers as she made her way into the BBC studio and teamed her look with a chic black shirt while Greg wore a face mask 

Gorgeous: Karen looked typically gorgeous as she strolled through the capital at the beginning of the week

Gorgeous: Karen looked typically gorgeous as she strolled through the capital at the beginning of the week

Looking good: Greg teamed his bright jacket with navy jeans and brown lace-up boots

Looking good: Greg teamed his bright jacket with navy jeans and brown lace-up boots

All wrapped up: Graziano and Judi wrapped up as they made their way inside as night fell

All wrapped up: Graziano and Judi wrapped up as they made their way inside as night fell

Shielded: Loose Women star Judi was sporting a face shield

Shielded: Loose Women star Judi was sporting a face shield 

Unloading: Graziano unloaded the boot of their car

Unloading: Graziano unloaded the boot of their car

Over the weekend, Greg and Karen faced off against comedian Judi, 41, and Graziano, 27, in the dance-off.

But Greg’s samba to Macarena by Los Del Rio was not enough to keep him in the show, with judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton all opting to save Judi.

Head judge Shirley Ballas said she would have voted to save Greg and Karen.

She said: ‘Well I counted all the mistakes and from what I saw I would have saved Greg and Karen.’

Anton added: ‘I felt that the nerves got to both of the couples in the dance-off, which is not surprising really, and they both made quite a lot of mistakes, but one couple maintained an element of composure through the dance, and that would be Judi and Graziano.’

Arrivals: Also arriving for It Takes Two filming were Oti Mabuse and her partner Ugo Monye, judge Anton Du Beke, and Nancy Xu and her partner Rhys Stephenson

Arrivals: Also arriving for It Takes Two filming were Oti Mabuse and her partner Ugo Monye, judge Anton Du Beke, and Nancy Xu and her partner Rhys Stephenson

Low-key: Ugo cut a low-key look in a black hoodie teamed with shorts

Low-key: Ugo cut a low-key look in a black hoodie teamed with shorts 

Cap on: The rugby star also wore a black baseball cap and opted for comfort in trainers

Cap on: The rugby star also wore a black baseball cap and opted for comfort in trainers 

Smart as ever: Anton looked as smart as ever when he arrived for filming in a dapper suit

Smart as ever: Anton looked as smart as ever when he arrived for filming in a dapper suit 

High spirits: Nancy and Rhys were in high spirits as they kicked off their week with an It Takes Two appearance

High spirits: Nancy and Rhys were in high spirits as they kicked off their week with an It Takes Two appearance 

Layering up: Nancy layered up with a chic scarf and a snakeskin jacket

Layering up: Nancy layered up with a chic scarf and a snakeskin jacket

Greg, who is best known for his roles in Sense And Sensibility, Johnny English, Cranford and The Crown, is married to actress Dame Emma Thompson, 62, who was in the Strictly audience previously to watch him dance.

After learning of his elimination, Greg told show host Tess Daly: ‘I have had an amazing time, I feel unbelievably privileged and thank you all for having me.’

Karen added: ‘It has been a blast, thank you for the amazing lunches, thanks for the quality of work, and for being an amazing student. I have enjoyed our moments in the classroom, and just having fun with you, I’ve really enjoyed it.’

End of the road: Greg was the third celebrity contestant to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing his partner Karen during Sunday night's episode

End of the road: Greg was the third celebrity contestant to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing his partner Karen during Sunday night’s episode


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