Mike Bushell warned by Strictly bosses over injury fears after infamous blunder

Mike Bushell warned by Strictly bosses over injury fears after infamous blunder


Mike Bushell is still haunted by his infamous BBC Breakfast blunder a year later – and Strictly Come Dancing bosses are clearly worried that time could repeat itself.

The sports presenter, 53, left viewers in hysterics last year after accidentally falling into a swimming pool during a live interview.

And speaking at the Strictly red carpet launch last night, he told Mirror TV that the fear of the same thing happening again was playing on the crew's minds.

"On Breakfast TV I'm used to making a fool of myself sometimes, so that won't be new to anyone," he told us as we helpfully reminded him of that pool incident. "I have had strict instructions by the Strictly team to stay away from the edge of the stage. They are very concerned that there could be a fall!

"But I'm determined to prove that I'm spatially aware now, I've learnt my lesson. I don't know whether there'll be any water later on in the series."

The chatty presenter, who didn't shy away from showing off his moves on stage at the launch, dubbed taking part in the BBC show "the most extreme challenge " of his life.

"I've tried about 550 different extreme sports as a beginner, the average person off the sofa," he said, "but this takes the biscuit for being the most extreme challenge. I'm discovering muscles I never knew I had!

"So you've got that, the physical challenge, plus the mental side of trying to remember all these steps to music. And being in my mid-50s, it can be a bit of a challenge as you get older! I'm not underestimating the challenge ahead but it's such a fun thing to do!"

He also joked that he would make up for his "lack of technical ability" with "energy and enthusiasm".

"When I tried a little jump in rehearsals, a couple of feet above the air, I felt I was going to fall into the crowd," he quipped.

But Mike insisted that he was "under no illusions" and was very much aware that he is the bookies' favourite to be the first booted out of the compeition.

"I'm the bookies favourite, I quite understand that, it's fine," he said. "Cos I can't go any further down, I can only go up! But everyone's so supportive and we'll support each other all the way through. If I go out first I'll be there every week cheering them on!"

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