The Masked Dancers Peter Crouch talks surreal job and robot dance stigma

New The Masked Dancer judge Peter Crouch has revealed he found joining the show "surreal", as he also addressed his robot dance "stigma".

Earlier this year, it was confirmed the retired footballer, 41, would join Oti Mabuse, Davina McCall and Jonathan Ross on the forthcoming series of the ITV reality programme.

With his The Masked Dancer debut set to premiere this weekend, Peter has opened up about his thoughts on joining the judging panel.

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Describing the experience as "surreal", the podcaster also revealed he felt slightly unprepared for the role as there is no "training" involved.

Peter said: "Right from the start I was wondering why on earth I was there.

"When I'm sitting there on The Masked Dancer, next to Davina and Oti, yourself and Jonathan Ross, you've been doing this sort of thing for years and years and years and I'm looking at strawberry thinking what am I going to do?

"There's no training for that.

"So I did find it quite surreal at times."

Peter also addressed the "stigma" surrounding his legendary robot dance celebrations during his footballing years.

Reflecting on the dance's notoriety, he added: "Let's be honest, it was 2006 and that's a long time ago when I did the robot, did I think I would be on stage with all of you and being a judge on The Masked Dancer.

"I do so much more than just the robot as well. It's a stigma, that."

The Masked Dancer first aired in the UK last year following the success of its sister show The Masked Singer.

With contestants including Bonnie Langford, Howard Donald and Tamzin Outhwaite, the series was eventually won by Olympic gymnast Louis Smith.

The Masked Dancer returns at 6.30pm on Saturday, September 3 on ITV.


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