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Jeremy Vine told his underwear choice is utter pants

Jeremy Vine revealed his Strictly dance partner has urged him to channel David Beckham in his choice of underwear while competing.

Vine, 50, confessed his professional partner Karen Clifton had pulled him up on his choice of faded, ripped and baggy boxer shorts when she spotted him changing into tracksuit bottoms for dance practice.

He told the Radio Times: "(She said) 'Now that you've become a Latin dancer, Jeremy, you have to think sexy, manly and attractive - and you get that by wearing smaller pants. Briefs, not boxers, please. Channel David Beckham when we're dancing.'"

Beckham was described as "the underwear model of the century" by designer Tommy Hilfiger and has flashed his thighs for brands Emporio Armani and H&M.

Vine, on the other hand, admitted to wearing "bad man-pants" that have a habit of "ballooning over the top of (his) jeans", something prohibited in the Strictly world of top hats and tails where clothes are often sewn on to the body.

"This means undergarments have to be skintight. More importantly, I must get used to stripping in front of strangers, many of them female - which was never required when I presented Newsnight," he joked.

Vine revealed he found a pair of briefs that fitted Clifton's requirements in the back of his drawers: a pair which say Merry Christmas across the bum but may come in handy if he reaches the finals near Christmas.

Vine and his partner, who he dubs the Divine Being, did the cha cha to September by Earth, Wind and Fire on Saturday's show and scored just 20 points, including a mere two from judge Craig Revel Horwood.

His Christmas underwear might have to stay in the drawer a little longer.

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