Brendan Cole issues a stark warning to Nigel Harman after he stormed off Strictly as he slams this series for being like a Magic Mike show.
The ballroom dancer, 47, who left is role as a professional on the BBC competition in 2017, said that while he understood the actor’s frustration he should have shown more ‘humility.’
Elsewhere, Brendan weighed in on Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin’s racy dance routine, which saw them writhing around a pole during the episode filmed at Blackpool Tower.
Nigel ‘stormed out’ of the Strictly Come Dancing studio after receiving a disappointing score for his performance on Saturday evening.
And in an interview with Sky Bingo, Brendan admitted that he should have ‘composed himself.’
Thoughts: Brendan Cole issues a stark warning to Nigel Harman after he stormed off Strictly as he slams this series for being like a Magic Mike show (pictured in February 2022)
Drama: The ballroom dancer, who left is role as a professional on the BBC competition in 2017, said that while he understood the actor’s frustration he should have shown more ‘humility’
He explained: ‘You’ve got to have humility in this little game of showbusiness and you learn that with age, I didn’t have it as a youngster, but I certainly try to have it now and on a show like Strictly you need to pick your moments.
‘If you need to storm off, do it in private, go and have a tantrum or a sulk in your dressing room but then compose yourself, come back out and be a supporter of everybody else doing the show.
‘I do understand the frustration that he would have felt. I’m pretty sure he would have felt like he’d done a really good number because he doesn’t necessarily know the difference between bad or good at this stage.
‘He doesn’t know the aspects that make a good Quickstep turn into a great Quickstep.
‘He did what was being asked of him but there was certainly something missing and when you don’t understand that you can be bitterly disappointed to receive any sort of negativity.
‘He will need to be careful because people will give you one chance, but they might not give two or three. It’s a shame because I really like what he does and I’d like to see him and Katya Jones fighting to win in the final.’
West End star Layton, 29, showed off his pole dancing skills during his steamy dance with his professional partner Nikita at the weekend.
The pair blew judges away with the Couple’s Choice dance to Ain’t No Other Man by Christina Aguilera, with the actor impressively doing the standing splits halfway up the pole and then writhing around it in the racy routine.
Steamy: Elsewhere, Brendan weighed in on Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin’s racy dance routine, which saw them writhing around a pole during the episode filmed at Blackpool Tower
Challenging: Nigel ‘stormed out’ of the Strictly Come Dancing studio after receiving a disappointing score for his performance on Saturday evening
Commenting on their performance, Brendan added: ‘I’m very surprised Layton and Nikita’s number got the nod from producers. If I were a producer on the show, I’d have said “no it doesn’t work, we’ll save it for another week” and I’m surprised the judges didn’t mention it either.
‘Annabel Croft and Johannes Radebe number was a Blackpool number, I didn’t think she danced it particularly well, it was ok, but I’d still rather watch that 10 times over that Leyton and Nikita’s, even though she’s not a patch of a dancer on Leyton.
‘Maybe I’m stuck in the past, but I just think the whole basis of Strictly is a competition based mainly around Ballroom and Latin dancing.
‘It felt like I was watching a Magic Mike show and that’s not something I like to see on Strictly. I think Layton has done better performances.
‘If I were in Nikita’s shoes, I’d be changing my vision and stop doing west end show cases. I’d put out something so beautiful that the majority of Strictly watchers could fall in love with and would love to see.’
On Monday, Nigel broke his silence after he ‘stormed out’ of the Strictly Come Dancing studio on Saturday evening.
The actor-turned-meditation coach is known for spreading awareness on wellbeing and mental health as he shares his knowledge with his 80.9K followers.
He kicked off the week with an emotional post as he ‘continued’ his focus on meditation for the upcoming week.
‘We are continuing our focus on emotions this week. Today’s meditation explores how practising gratitude regularly can help cultivate a more positive mindset and increase feelings of well-being and contentment,’ he penned.
Mindful: On Monday, Nigel broke his silence after he ‘stormed out’ of the Strictly Come Dancing studio on Saturday evening
Deep: He kicked off the week with an emotional post as he ‘continued’ his focus on meditation for the upcoming week
‘Let’s find a comfortable position…..closing the eyes or lowering the gaze….. Allowing yourself to settle and taking a full breath; in for five, then out for five.’
He continued the lengthy caption: ‘Do this a couple of times and when you are ready filling the body with a half-smile of kindness.Imagining a warm, glowing feeling in the chest, growing through the belly and down to your feet, radiating throughout the body.
‘Ask yourself, “What am I grateful for today?” Don’t overthink it, it doesn’t need to be deep, it can be family, friends, or a favourite walk or mug. Just something that brings a little smile or comfort. Bring this image or person to mind and notice how it feels in the body, using a curious, kind attention.’
‘Allowing this positive feeling of gratitude to fill the entire being. And when you’re ready, opening the eyes. Trying to think about all the things you are grateful for can help bring awareness as you go through the day,’ Nigel went on.
‘Don’t worry if you find this hard initially, asking the question is a good start. Over time you will notice there are things to be grateful for everywhere.’
‘I encourage you to share below, our gratitude can spread through this chat and out into the world,’ he finished.
It comes right after the Strictly star – who is partnered up with pro Katya Jones on the BBC’s dancing contest – was filmed storming off the dancefloor after receiving a disappointing score for his performance in Blackpool.
On Saturday night, the pair danced to Duke Ellington’s It Don’t Mean A Thing – although the performance had left them second from bottom of the judges’ leaderboard, with a score of 31 points out of 40.
Not happy: It comes right after the Strictly star was filmed storming off the dancefloor after receiving a disappointing score for his performance (pictured on Saturday’s performance)
Furious: In a video shared to social media, Nigel is seen swiftly exiting the dancefloor, just seconds after the BBC cameras stopped shooting
Taking a side: The audience member who shared the video to Twitter also wrote: ‘Are #Strictly judges proud of themselves? Nigel’s been broken tonight, couldn’t even face the keep dancing once theme & cameras stopped’
In a video shared to social media, Nigel is seen swiftly exiting the dancefloor, just seconds after the BBC cameras stopped shooting.
Katya appeared confused and briefly stood still before following, while other contestants happily danced and hugged.
‘Taken away someone’s love of dance & confidence should not be what show is about.’
MailOnline have contacted Nigel’s representatives.
Angela was the eighth celebrity to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing 2023 following Sunday’s dreaded dance off.
The results show on Sunday night was bursting at the seams with glitz and glamour, the evening was opened by our professional dancers turning the Ballroom purple with a memorable routine to a Harry Styles medley.
Plus a performance from Madness singing their new song ‘C’est La Vie’ with a beautiful dance from Nadiya Bychkova, Graziano Di Prima, Jowita Przystał, Gorka Márquez, Michelle Tsiakkas and Neil Jones.
It comes after Nigel gushed over the ‘joyful hours’ he and dance partner Katya spend together ‘laughing a lot’ as they rehearse for the BBC show.
Speaking about their bond, Nigel said: ‘I love working with Kats, she is so intuitive as a teacher, choreographer and person, we spend hours together and it’s joyful, we laugh a lot, and we get a lot of things done.
‘She’s making me into a better dancer, I don’t know how she’s doing it but she is.
‘Do I find her strict? I don’t think I do, no. Sometimes I need a bit of discipline because if you’re not careful I’ll start rambling about anything just to distract her, so I don’t have to dance.’
Great pair: Nigel gushed over the ‘joyful hours’ he and Katya spend together ‘laughing a lot’ as they rehearse for the BBC show
Nigel has revealed that his wife Lucy and his daughter, whose name and age is unknown, have been supportive throughout, even joining him in the training room each week to get a sneak peek of their performance.
He said: ‘My family are really enjoying it, they come to the rehearsal room every Wednesday after school and they watch us dance, they bought the dog this week, it’s one of the loveliest things and a gift about this show is how much you can involve your family and how they can come along and support.
‘They send me out with a packed lunch every day. My daughter the other day made me a smoothie to put in the fridge before she went to bed because she was worried, she wouldn’t be awake by the time I had to leave. It’s those moments I cherish.’
After weeks of intense dance training, the actor admits he is seeing changes in his body, and he’s gone from fearing aches and pains to embracing the physical challenge.