Harry Redknapp talks awkward moment with Strictly pro during training ‘I can’t go there!’

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Former footballer Harry Redknapp, 73, has said Strictly Come Dancing producers sent a female professional dancer down to his residence to teach him some moves. But, the training ended in an awkward moment.

Speaking to his son Jamie Redknapp, 46, on Redknapp’s Home Fixture, he said the female dancer suggested a place where they could train, but he was apprehensive as that’s where his mates play golf.

Recalling the awkward moment, he explained: “I said, ‘I’m not a very good dancer,’ and so they sent a girl down to dance with me.

“They said they’d booked a room at the golf club to go and do some dancing so I said, ‘Where are we going?’ and they said, ‘We’re going to Meyrick Park.’

Harry went on to say: “I said, ‘I can’t go and dance there, my mates are all playing golf there today, how can I turn up dancing with a 21-year-old girl!'”


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He went on to say: “We started dancing around the kitchen and mum [his wife, Sandra] was watching and she was shocked at how good I was.

“At night, Sandra is doing the dinner and I’m going around wanting to do a Cha Cha Cha with her.

Harry added that the professional dancer told him: ‘”I think you’re an amazing dancer, I think you could win it’.”

The I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! winner then told Jamie that the latter show offered him “twice the money” to appear on their show, so he turned down Strictly.

A source has also claimed Harry was reluctant to sign up to the dance show due to a knee problem.

They told The Sun: “Harry had to quit being a football manager because of his knees so there is no way he could handle the training.

“Harry far prefers wearing a tracksuit to sequins.”

Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Harry for comment.

The father-of-two has been linked to the BBC dance show in previos years. 

He previously said: “I was going to do Strictly this year, but I didn’t think I could dance, that was one thing.

“I actually had a trial with one of the professionals who came round my house.

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“She was fantastic, but after I trod on her toes about five times I realised I wasn’t a very good dancer.”

Elsewhere, during his chat with his son Jamie, the football manager couldn’t resist making a cheeky remark about his divorce from Louise Redknapp.

Harry joked about his son possibly signing up to the show, adding: “One thing’s for sure Jamie, you won’t be getting divorced if you go on there.”

Laughing, Jamie replied: “Keep it light, dad.”


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Jamie’s ex Louise competed on the show in 2014.

The singer performed alongside professional dancer Kevin Clifton and made it to the final of the show.

Unfortunately for the pair, they missed out on the Glitterball trophy to Joanne Clifton and Ore Oduba.

Jamie and Louise split after 19 years of marriage a year later.

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