Artist Grayson Perry wants to be partnered with Oti Mabuse if he does Strictly – The Sun

HE’S always wanted to sign up for Strictly – and artist Grayson Perry even knows who he wants to be paired with.

The transvestite 2003 Turner Prize winner has his eyes set on South African beauty Oti Mabuse, who won last year’s series with former Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher.

Grayson, who is normally seen in dresses, has even pledged to dance dressed as a man to create a steamy dynamic.

He said: “Oti is fabulous. She’s a really great choreographer and I think you’re very much beholden to the choreography of the professional. I would want to go on as a man because a lot of those dances are incredibly sexual and, dare I say it, erotic.

“To do it in a dress would feel weird – maybe at Halloween I’d put on a frock.

“And the curse of Strictly? My wife has voiced her concerns. She’s said,‘I don’t know how I’d handle it if you went on’. It still wouldn’t stop me though.


“I’ve been watching Strictly since the first series and I love it. I really enjoy the show and every year I look at it and think, ‘Cor, I’d really like to have a go at that’.

“I’m pretty fit and I’m not a bad mover either. I’d still say, ‘Yes’ if I had the time.”

The artist, who creates ceramics and tapestries, is currently hosting Grayson’s Art Club on Mondays on Channel 4 at 8pm.

Like other craft shows, it has drawn a devoted following during lockdown.

Grayson said: “I think shows like ours are partly a response to the digital culture we live in, where everything is on a screen or in a machine.

“With art and crafts there’s that material relationship.

“And you can make something that’s useful in your home, whether it’s a cake or a shirt or an artwork.

“You have control over it – it’s not in the ether.”

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