Belfast Telegraph

JB: I had to turn down Strictly

JLS star JB Gill has said he was asked to do Strictly Come Dancing this year - but had to turn it down.

The singer, who won Strictly's Christmas Special last year, said he'd love to have another go at the Saturday night show or be a mentor on ITV series The X Factor.

JB, real name Jonathan Benjamin Gill, said: "I can't do the next series (of Strictly) because I'm on tour with the boys, but if I was free, it's something I would have loved to have done.

"They did ask me to do it this year, but I couldn't. But if they ask me again next year, then yeah, absolutely, I'd consider it."

JB said he wanted to keep his hand in the music world after JLS call it a day.

He added: "I'd also love to continue mentoring. I don't know if any of the reality shows, like The X Factor, are currently looking for new mentors, but it would be lovely to be involved in that side of the industry as well.

"Often it's difficult for people breaking through to know the right things, know the wrong things, to know what to do."

JB, who lives on a farm, added of his future plans: "I'm trying to turn it into something bigger. I've got a pig and some chickens, and I'm trying to set it up as a deer farm as well. Hopefully by the end of the year, that will be running."

:: JB's working with Red Tractor on a nationwide search to find the UK's best homemade burger. For a chance to meet JB and win £2,000, visit


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