Footballers Wives star Laila Rouass reveals she ‘didn’t like’ Strictly Come Dancing

Laila Rouass revealed she “didn’t like” Strictly Come Dancing and “really wanted to leave” when she appeared on the show in 2009.

The Footballers’ Wives and Holby Coty star, 50, has told how the competition was a “nightmare” despite finishing fourth alongside professional dance partner Anton Du Beke.

During a chat on The Graham Norton Radio Show, the star – who is engaged to snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan – also explained how “you get paid the same” no matter how long you stay.

Oh my goodness: Laila Rouass revealed she ‘didn’t like’ Strictly Come Dancing and ‘really wanted to leave’ when she appeared on the show in 2009 (pictured with partner Anton Du Beke)

She said, ‘Oh my god, it was a nightmare, it was a nightmare! I really wanted to leave, I didn’t like it.

“I love the show but I wanted to do Blackpool and it’s six weeks, and so I’m going on, we’re doing Blackpool, Rod Stewart is there, I think I’m living the dream.”

After fulfilling her ambition of heading to Blackpool, the actress stayed on the show for another five weeks, which she wasn’t too thrilled about.

“After you’ve been voted on, you have to go on camera and say ‘thank you, thank you so much’, and I say ‘I can’t believe it, I want to go home! “, Laila continued.

Reflection: The Footballers' Wives star and Holby Coty, 50, told how the competition was a

Reflection: The Footballers’ Wives and Holby Coty star, 50, has told how the competition was a ‘nightmare’ despite finishing fourth alongside professional dance partner Anton

“Six weeks and I wanted to go. Either way, you’re paid the same whether you’re in week 1 or week 17.

The BBC has been contacted by MailOnline for comment.

It comes after Laila called Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy “lightweights” for their Wagatha Christie court battle late last year.

The star, who played Amber Gates Footballers’ Wives, has opened up about the raging scandal between the WAGs, aged 35 and 39 respectively, in which they are battling in the High Court over allegations the latter leaked information on the first.

Money talks: Chatting on The Graham Norton Radio Show, the star - who is engaged to snooker legend Ronnie O'Sullivan - also explained how 'you get paid the same' no matter how long you stay

Money talks: Chatting on The Graham Norton Radio Show, the star – who is engaged to snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan – also explained how ‘you get paid the same’ no matter how long you stay

Amid the ITV show’s dramatic storylines, Laila insisted the battle would play out differently on screen: “If it was the footballers’ wives they would have done it in the players’ lounge, nothing of all this is a matter of court”.

Much to the devastation of dedicated fans, Footballers’ Wives was discontinued after five seasons in 2006, following its launch in 2002, with the program achieving iconic status due to stories of baby swapping, murder and cheating. .

Footballers’ Wives made 2000s history with its absurd themes and storylines, spawning memes that span years and also endless pop culture references.

Iconic: The star rose to fame in Footballers' Wives where she played Amber Gates from 2004 to 2006

Iconic: The star rose to fame in Footballers’ Wives where she played Amber Gates from 2004 to 2006

In 2019, the show made headlines when the story of Coleen and Rebekah leaking the “Wagatha Christie” scandal was compared to a script from the show.

Laila weighed in on the story and how it would play out on the show, as she told The Sun: “If it was footballers’ wives, they would have done it in the players’ lounge…

“None of those court cases, they would have ripped out their boobs, ripped out the hair extensions and moved on.” They would have treated him that way. I think Coleen and Rebekah are lightweights, to be honest.

Laila played troubled Amber, whose storylines included swapping her baby with her nemesis Tanya Turner’s child. Her pet pug smothered the child in her crib, leading Amber to dig up the baby’s grave.

She starred on the show from 2004 to 2006.

Speaking about the show recently, she said: “I was desperate to do it when I was offered, I quit my job a month early, it was nice to be part of a glamorous show in the sun with the big houses. The ladies loved Gary, he went from handsome boy to hero!

Together: Laila is engaged to snooker player Ronnie O'Sullivan (pictured together in 2016 when he received his OBE)

Together: Laila is engaged to snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan (pictured together in 2016 when he received his OBE)

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