Belfast Telegraph

DJ Dev Griffin not scared of Strictly judges after years on radio

He has received pages of criticism via email.

Dev Griffin, one of the contestants in BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing.(Ray Burmiston/BBC)
Dev Griffin, one of the contestants in BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing.(Ray Burmiston/BBC)

By Craig Simpson, PA

Dev Griffin believes a thick skin developed through years on radio will help him face the Strictly Come Dancing judges.

The DJ for BBC Radio 1 said he has endured far worse in his day job than he could suffer at the hands of the judging panel.

Griffin said a five-page invective from a listener could not be matched by the likes of Craig Revel Horwood.

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Griffin with his dance partner Diane Buswell (Ray Burmiston/BBC)

The DJ said: “I’ve been on national radio since I was 17 years old. There is nothing they can say to me.

“Trust me, people have said meaner things.

“I’ve had five-page emails from listeners that are definitely worse.

“I’ve had to grow an incredibly thick skin doing live national radio. It’s prepared me for some of the judges’ worst, I think.”

Griffin is dancing with professional Dianne Buswell, who has been showing boyfriend and former partner Joe Sugg footage of their training.

She said: “He felt weird at the start but now he’s really enjoying watching Dev and I progress.

“He’s like ‘oh wow, he’s really good’. I think he’s really excited to not have the nerves this year.”

PA

From Belfast Telegraph