Simon Rimmer says he was on the brink of hallucinating on Strictly as he talks downside

Sunday Brunch: Simon Rimmer reveals show to have break

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Simon Rimmer took part on BBC dance show Strictly Come Dancing with professional dancer Karen Hauer, 39, back in 2017. Despite his best efforts, he was voted out of the show in week six after performing an American Smooth. 

Reflecting on his time on the show, the chef said that while he loved his involvement, he struggled with juggling the show with his full-time job.

At the time, the 58-year-old continued to run his multiple restaurants and presented Sunday Brunch with Tim Lovejoy.

He said: “When I was doing Strictly, I felt sorry for Tim because obviously, you know, you do the live show and then you do the Sunday results show.

“So if you’re in the dance-off, which I was quite often, I was getting back to the hotel at 1.30 in the morning.

“Then, I’d be up at 5.30 to do Sunday Brunch.

“And so, by the time it got to 11.30/12, I was fit for nothing, so Tim would be there going, ‘It’s your link there mate’.

“You know, I was so tired and you’re on the brink of hallucinating,” he added on Kate Thornton’s White Wine Question Time podcast.

Despite the lack of sleep, Simon said he “loved the whole Strictly experience”.

The chef added that contestants should enjoy the glitter, spray tans and bodysuits that come with it.

On why he didn’t do the tour, Simon claimed he was “rubbish” and not asked to be a part of it.

“It was only the ones that were either hilariously funny… I was the lumbering middle-aged bloke in the middle who got knocked out in week six.

“I was quite content with that really.”

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Simon faced competition against the likes of Gemma Atkinson, Debbie McGee, Davood Ghadam and Aston Merrygold.

The 2017 series was won by Joe McFadden and Katya Jones.

Simon was quizzed about his exit from the show on Sunday Brunch by co-star Tim a week after he was voted off.

On how he felt watching the competition after leaving, he said: “It was strange watching it on the telly – I felt the nerves though.”

Tim then honoured Simon with his very own version of the coveted Strictly Glitterball trophy.

This year, a whole new line-up of celebrities will be taking to the dance floor.

Competing for the Glitterball trophy are; Ugo Monye, Judi Love, Adam Peaty, Rose Ayling-Ellis, Nina Wadia, Greg Wise Tilly Ramsay, Dan Walker, Katie McGlynn, John Whaite, AJ Odudu, Robert Webb, Tom Fletcher, Rhys Stephenson and Sara Davies.

The new series will return to screens later this month with hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.

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