X Factor: Celebrity’s Brendan Cole admits 15 years on Strictly held him back

Billed as one of the biggest TV competitions to hit the small screen, X Factor: Celebrity airs this Saturday featuring an all-star line up.

Brendan Cole, the former professional Strictly pro, is in a boy band with actor Jeremy Edwards, and the pair have chosen the original name – Cole and Edwards.

After being "dropped" from Strictly Come Dancing in 2018, the TV star revealed the BBC show prevented him from picking up any other TV projects due to his contract with the network.

In a chat with Daily Star Online, Brendan admitted being involved in X Factor was "a hell of an experience".

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Speaking about his time on the dancing programme and obligations with the BBC, he said: "The time during Strictly you can’t do anything else because it doesn’t allow for it, it’s five months of the year.

"Opportunities come up and there’s a lot of things you go, ‘Should I do it, should I not?’ and to this I said absolutely, why not?

"This is an incredible show to be a part of. It’s one of the biggest shows on TV, and hopefully the biggest after this," he added.

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When asked about his stint on the show, he confessed being on X Factor: Celebrity is a "new chapter" for him.

"Strictly is a great show. I’m so honoured to have been a part of it for 15 years but I’m no longer a part of it, that chapter is parked," he explained.

"This is a new chapter for me, and it’s ridiculously exciting for all of us.”

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Brendan was one of the first professional dancers when the programmed launched in 2004, which was the year he won the contest with newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky.

He also won his last Strictly competition – the 2017 Christmas special – with presenter Katie Derham.

However, in 2018 due to an "editorial decision", it was revealed he would not be returning to the show.

In an interview with Lorraine, Brendan explained he was "very disappointed and quite emotional" following the axe.

X Factor: Celebrity airs on ITV on Saturday at 8:35pm.

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