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Roman Kemp reveals he auditioned for Strictly but was ‘too lazy’ to do it as dad Martin hints he’ll sign up this year

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ROMAN Kemp has revealed he auditioned for Strictly Come Dancing but was ‘too lazy’ to do it.

The radio DJ’s admission came as his dad Martin hinted he’ll sign up for this year’s show.

Roman and Martin Kemp are on this week's Jonathan Ross Show

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Roman and Martin Kemp are on this week’s Jonathan Ross ShowCredit: Rex

The pair were discussing their thoughts on the BBC celebrity dancing competition as they recorded this week’s Jonathan Ross Show.

Sitting alongside dancer Oti Mabuse – who won Strictly Come Dancing with comedian Bill Bailey last year – Martin, 59, confessed he was a fan.

The actor and former Spandau Ballet singer said: “I think it’s one of the best shows on television, I absolutely love it.

“Would I do it? Maybe, but I’d only last one round. My knees are so bad. I’m sure I’d be out first round.”

Roman revealed he'd auditioned for Strictly but dubbed it 'too much effort'

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Roman revealed he’d auditioned for Strictly but dubbed it ‘too much effort’Credit: Rex
While his dad Martin had nothing but praise for the show

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While his dad Martin had nothing but praise for the showCredit: Rex
Could Martin have what it takes to survive the first round of the competition?

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Could Martin have what it takes to survive the first round of the competition?Credit: BBC Pictures

Roman, 28, then confessed: “I would like to do it, they did ask me.

“I ended up going, it’s like an audition… if I’m totally honest, I had a great time, but it’s too much effort. It’s so hard. It’s so hard.”

Martin then joked to Oti: “Roman said he’d only do it if you were his partner.”

Roman joked he'd only do it if he was partnered with dancer Oti Mabuse

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Roman joked he’d only do it if he was partnered with dancer Oti MabuseCredit: Rex
The pair later got the chance to show off their moves

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The pair later got the chance to show off their movesCredit: Rex

Roman laughed: “100%. I’d only do it if they were like, ‘You can be with Oti.’”

But when Oti replied: “Shall we do it?”, Roman backtracked: “Don’t get ahead of yourself Oti…”

Viewers will see the father and son presenting duo discuss working together on ITV’s Martin & Roman’s Weekend Best, the follow-on from its debut, Sunday Best.

They join Oti, comedian Jimmy Carr, actress Daisy May Cooper and singer James Carr on Jonathan Ross’ Saturday talk show.

Singer Martin used to jive on stage as a member of Spandau Ballet

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Singer Martin used to jive on stage as a member of Spandau BalletCredit: Getty – Contributor

And at one point the guests get the chance to show off their dance moves for Oti to judge – with varying levels of success.

Viewers recently saw Martin and Roman in floods of tears on ITV’s DNA Journey after the singer was told his gran was sent to a workhouse aged 10.

The pair discovered Martin’s grandmother, Eliza Crisp, was ripped away from her dad and brothers after her own mother was sent off to an asylum.

They tragically heard how the workhouse was “notorious” for beating children until they passed out and it even featured in Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist.

However, records showed Eliza spent her time training to become a maid and landed a decent job running a house when she left in 1911, aged 15.

And Martin became emotional as an expert told him that Eliza turned her life around, finding love with his grandfather Walter and raising five children, including his dad Frank.

The Jonathan Ross Show airs Sunday April 10th, 9.35pm on ITV and the ITV Hub.

Martin and Roman Kemp in floods of tears on DNA Journey as singer is told his gran was sent to a workhouse aged 10



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