Loose Women’s Brenda Edwards wept and tried to quit Strictly The Real Full Monty

Loose Women’s Brenda Edwards wept and tried to quit Strictly The Real Full Monty (Image: Ken McKay/ITV/REX)

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Loose Women’s Brenda Edwards has told how she wept and tried to QUIT Strictly The Real Full Monty after being told that her TV sidekick Coleen Nolan wasn’t taking part.

The X Factor-turned-stage star, 52, said she’d only signed up for the ITV dance extravaganza because of Coleen, and was with her TV pal when she found out she’d got the role.

“Coleen and I were having a coffee when I got the call from my agent – I wasn’t telling her that there was a conversation because I wanted to surprise her. I said: ‘Coleen, you’ll never guess what, I can tell you, I’m going to do The Full Monty!’ She’s like: ‘I’m not doing it.’

“I literally sat there and cried, because she was my strength to actually get myself into the door. I was like: ‘I’m back-tracking – I’m not doing it’. I phoned my agent and said: ‘Coleen’s not doing it, so I’m not doing it.’

Brenda explained how she wept
(Image: ITV)

Luckily choreographer and show mentor Ashley Banjo was on hand to save the day. The Diversity star persuaded Coleen, 56, that she did have time to train and take part in the cancer-awareness show, and she relented.

“Ashley phoned me – he knows I can’t say no to him!” said Coleen, who has two sisters suffering cancer at the moment. “And I get to straddle Ashley.

It’s the best bit of the dance I do – I’m like a koala.”

She only signed up for the show because of Coleen
(Image: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Coleen told Brenda she wasn't taking part
(Image: S Meddle/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

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Coleen said she had no regrets – although stripping off was still as nerve-wracking as ever. “It never gets any easier! But I’ve never done a show where the audience reaction lifts you up this much. A lot of them are crying, they’ve all got relatives or they are going through it themselves.

There’s nothing sexual about it at all. It’s just so uplifting. They are all rooting for you.”

Relieved Brenda, who survived breast cancer five years ago, said Coleen’s change of heart was “just amazing”.

She is partnered with Duncan James from Blue, a long-term pal. “He and I did Chicago together back when I finished X Factor in 2005. He was my Billy Flynn and I was his Mamma Morton. We’ve been friends ever since. We’ve been through so much with each other.”

Strictly The Real Full Monty, ITV, December 13 &14, 9pm Ends*

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