Self-con­fessed ‘fat bloke in a tutu’ de­nied glory in grand fi­nal of foot­ball show dance-off Beans on pitch mean it’s all over for Lee

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Council Tax Special - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

saw­illiams@thek­m­group.co.uk An Ash­ford man says he was robbed of the win­ner’s crown dur­ing a dance-off on his favourite TV show af­ter he slipped in bean juice.

Lee Woods, of Ten­nyson Road, South Ash­ford, was awarded sec­ond place in Soc­cer AM’s 2014 dance-off ear­lier this month.

Dressed in a pink tutu and a black crop top in­scribed with the slo­gan Belly El­liot, his rou­tine in­cluded bal­let and break­danc­ing move ‘the worm’.

Un­for­tu­nately for Lee, who works for UK Power Net­works, he slipped over three times dur­ing his 15-sec­ond per­for­mance in the juice spilt by a pre­vi­ous con­tes­tant.

The in­ci­dent has now been dubbed ‘beans-gate’ on the Sky Sports 2 show.

Lee said: “I’m not a bad dancer. One of the guys be­fore me had baked beans poured over his head. I reckon if the beans hadn’t got in the way and I hadn’t fallen over, I could have won.”

Soc­cer AM’s an­nual dance­Off usu­ally gives all of the pro­gramme’s pre­sen­ters and pro­duc­tion team 15 sec­onds each to im­press the vot­ing view­ers at home with their stylish and en­er­getic moves.

This year, pre­sen­ter Rocket, real name James Long, was crowned the win­ner for the sixth time af­ter re­ceiv­ing 34% of the vote for his boo­gie-board rou­tine.

Lee was voted run­ner- up with 22%. join the crew in the fi­nal ear­lier this month.

Lee, who drew in­spi­ra­tion from pop­u­lar film Billy El­liot for his out­fit, said: “I went on hol­i­day to Thai­land over Christ­mas and I watched Billy El­liot on the flight home. In one scene, one of the boys wears a pink tutu, and I thought to my­self ‘what is fun­nier than a fat bloke in a tutu?’”

He added: “It’s all been a bit sur­real to be hon­est, but a great ex­pe­ri­ence all the same. Some­one recog­nised me in the su­per­mar­ket the other day, and I even posed for a pic­ture.”

A swan-like Lee takes to the skies in the course of his rou­tine, in his pink tutu and Belly El­liot T-shirt and, be­low, with dance-off win­ner, Soc­cer AM pre­sen­ter James ‘Rocket’ Long

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