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Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing has opened up on his experience of Strictly Come Dancing so far.
The 32 year old entered this year’s competition confident that he could win, but has found himself in the dance off three times.
The privileged TV personality, who is partnered with professional dancer Karen Hauer, 38, found himself in the bottom two during week one, and twice more since then.
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He recently revealed to the Daily Mail that this may be due to his likability after being on the Royal Borough based show, claiming lots of viewers may have already prejudged him as a “posh blond idiot”.
However, he is hoping he has changed this preconception.
The star, whose granddad founded McVities, said: “I went into Strictly thinking ‘this is going to be amazing, I'm going to reach the final, I'm going to win it, it's going to be great’ and then I was in the dance off the first week and I was like ‘well this is going to be a very short lived fairytale’.
“We're now in the semi-final and there was no way we thought we'd get here, but we are here and you know the best thing is every single week we put so much effort into it, we really really work hard.
“Even though we're in the dance off and getting through we're just chuffed to bits because of it.”
Able to analyse why he was regularly in the bottom two, the boyfriend of Sophie Habboo said: “It's probably down to a lot of things.
"I'm definitely not the best dancer – as much as I like to think I was or was going to be – I'm definitely not the best dancer. It's just one of those things, the competition is pretty tight, it's pretty close."
He continued: “I am very excitable, and run around with lots of energy and things like that and perhaps the hardcore Strictly fans don't like routines that we do.”
Jamie also admitted his role on Made In Chelsea may have affected his chances, saying: “Definitely there's probably conception or a misconception of what I am like or what I was going to be like.
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"Lots of people saw what they thought was just a posh blond idiot coming on their TV. They probably thought ‘we're not going to vote for him’.
“But I think what's hopefully great about the show is that it has changed, hopefully, people's perception a little bit, and they just see that I'm actually maybe quite a kind boy and that's a good thing.
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“There's definitely a misconception sometimes and rightly or wrongly that's the case because Made In Chelsea is a certain TV show and you're reflected in a certain way.
“But what's great about Strictly is it gives you that opportunity to change those people's opinions."
Jamie was actually set to appear in last year’s contest but had to pull out due to a foot injury. His replacement, Kelvin Fletcher, went on to win the show.
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