It does not take tat­too to tango

Strictly ink­ing ban over dis­ney im­age con­cerns

Irish Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY ASH­LEIGH RAINBIRD Deputy Show­biz Edi­tor

STRICTLY Come Danc­ing’s pro­fes­sion­als had to cover up their tat­toos to keep last week­end’s Dis­ney se­quence whole­some. Stars in­clud­ing Al­jaž Ško­r­janec, 27, were made to wear make-up on ink­ings for Sun­day’s per­for­mance fea­tur­ing char­ac­ters from The Lion King and The Lit­tle Mer­maid. The US film giant had worked closely with BBC pro­duc­ers and re­quested that dancers’ looks re­mained “in the spirit of Dis­ney”. A source said: “Dis­ney wanted to make sure the per­for­mance was in keep­ing with their brand. “The dis­play in­cluded some trade­marked char­ac­ters, such as Floun­der from the Lit­tle Mer­maid and Simba from the Lion King.” Al­jaž played Aladdin and his tat­toos were con­cealed so that he could wear a waist­coat with noth­ing un­der­neath. Neil Jones and Kevin Clifton wore white shirts un­der theirs. AJ Pritchard, 22, said: “You can’t have tat­toos if you want to per­form a Dis­ney num­ber. I don’t have any so Dis­ney al­lowed me to take my top off. The oth­ers all have tat­toos so they had to have their tops on. I felt a bit bad for them.” Speak­ing at the Spec­savers Spec­ta­cle Wearer of the Year awards, he added: “I’ve been work­ing out, so I want to take my top off again.”

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