Sid Owen crashed out of Strictly Come Dancing at the weekend, although not because of his costume (think: Ghostbusters, reimagined by a feverish '70s pimp). No, no. He went home because of his dancing.
The ex-EastEnder was voted off the show along with dance partner Ola Jordan, after the Strictly judges got together and decided “no”, and decided “Sid Owen is not quite as good at dancing as nine other celebrities”. Bad luck, Sid.
But both Sid – the highest profile celebrity called ‘Sid’ currently working in the UK – and dance partner Ola have put their jazz hands up and claimed that the blame lies with them after what Sid describes as ‘the week from hell’.
(That’s not a Hallowe’en joke, by the way. They had a really bad week.)
Ola flew back at short-notice to her native Poland after her (now recovered) mum had a heart attack, leaving Sid to practice with stand-in dance partner Iveta Lukosiute. Once Ola made it back, the pair only had two hours to prepare ahead of the live show.
“I feel really bad and guilty,” said Ola. “It’s not Sid’s fault I wasn’t here.
“He was very sad because he’d worked so hard and the judges were really harsh.”
And Sid also came out fighting, saying: “I’m a bit gutted but I had a good time.” Stirring stuff.
Oh, Twitter again
Meanwhile, Olympian Louis Smith has only been sending tweets on Twitter again. Yeah. Yeah. And now BBC bosses are mad at him.
Louis got a bit carried away and leaked the pre-recorded results of the show to his Twitter followers, but swiftly deleted the missive after a discrete call from BBC bosses.
“The importance of keeping the show result has been impressed upon Louis,” a source told The Sun. “He is embarrassed about it, but it was an honest mistake.” It is 2012 and Olympians are being told off for sending tweets. The future isn’t that great, is it?