He has graced our TV screens on the smash-hit Saturday night show Strictly Come Dancing.
And now, Brendan Cole is going to be entertaining the crowds with a night of ballroom magic and high-energy Latin passion in Dundee.
In an interview with the Tele, he spoke about who he believes will be the winner of this year’s Strictly, his bid to become a judge and how much he is enjoying new projects.
Brendan will bring his All Night Long dance show to the Caird Hall on November 21.
Describing the audience in Dundee, Brendan said: “They’re great – it seems the further north you go the more the audiences seem to get excited and enjoy themselves.”
It’s been a turbulent time for Brendan, who was dropped from Strictly earlier this year, having been a regular on the show from 2005.
But he said it represented a new chapter for him and freed him up to focus on other projects.
He said: “The shows’s producers decided not to have me back and that was that.
“When you’ve been part of something for as long as I was part of Strictly, it’s inevitable that when it comes time to leave that you miss it.
“To begin with I was wondering what I was going to do but you have to take the opportunity to move on and do something new.
“When you’re with Strictly it takes up your year from July to December and you’re not free to do anything else.
“It’s been a whole new chapter for me and it’s been a massive year touring with this show.”
Brendan said that when it was revealed he was giving up the show, he made a pitch for the role of a judge.
He said: “I wasn’t given the role and it went to Shirley Ballas instead.
“I’ve never hidden that if I was given the opportunity of being a judge on the show I would consider taking it.
“A lot has been made of the tension between Shirley and myself but my departure from Strictly had nothing to do with any of that, although it was obvious that we had a few tense on-air moments.”
Speaking about his hot tip to win this year’s show, he said: “There are three to four really good dancers this year making for a really interesting show.
“There are one or two people who could be in with a chance of winning the Glitterball trophy. One who does stand out is Faye Tozer. She’s dancing really well.”
Brendan also spoke about the show’s judges.
He said: “They are all really good and the show works as well as it does because of the people on the judging panel, but my favourite is Craig Revel Horwood.
“He tells it as it is and doesn’t bother with swish one liners. He knows his stuff and is extremely professional.
“I always got on really well with him and he completely understands the show and how it works. In my opinion he is usually pretty accurate with his criticism and comments.”
Brendan said he is in no doubt who his audience is when it comes to the live show.
He said: “Obviously a lot of my audience are fans of Strictly and we don’t disappoint. We offer everything they see on the show from fast moving numbers to slower, gentler dances.
“They see all the dances they love from the quick step to the rumba to a waltz.”
And he revealed he’s no slouch when it comes to costume changes. “I have about eight and some of the backing dancers have even more. I’m hardly off the stage though, it takes about 30 seconds for a costume change then I’m back on again.”