The Masked Dancer: Louis Smith unveiled as Carwash

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Eddie The Eagle may be known for his skiing talents, but the 57-year-old stepped out of his comfort zone to take part on The Masked Dancer earlier this year where he showcased his moves dressed as a chicken. The Olympian left the audience and judges stunned when he was unveiled behind the mask, as they failed to guess his identity.

Reflecting on his experience with Express.co.uk, the ski-jumper said: “I do love my dancing, so I thought it’ll be fun to do.

“And, to learn other genres of dancing.

“Then I signed the deal to do it and they said, ‘Could you be a rubber chicken?’ It was fun I loved it.”

While he loved the concept of the show, the presenter admitted he wasn’t so keen on the “claustrophobic” outfit and believes some might have had it easier than others.

He spilled: “I noticed some people were wearing almost like pyjamas and they could move quite freely and then people like me in a chicken outfit, we could hardly move in our costume.

“I couldn’t see, I couldn’t breathe, it was very claustrophobic, so it was very difficult to dance.”

Eddie added he believes Louis Smith’s Carwash’s outfit must’ve also been pretty heavy to wear, however this didn’t stop the former Strictly champion from winning the show.

Eddie added he believes it was a “slightly uneven playing field” in terms of the outfits, but said he still had “good fun” doing it.

“Some people could move easier and others could hardly move at all,” he continued.

After all judges failed to guess his name, Eddie added that Davina McCall later told him she was “surprised” she didn’t acknowledge who he was. 

Before his stint on The Masked Dancer, Eddie was approached by Strictly Come Dancing bosses.

At the time, the ski-jumper said he was “so busy” but would now love to do the show.

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“I am hoping they will ask me again in the future,” he enthused.

“It’s on my bucket list of things to do before I get too old, I would definitely jump at the chance.”

Elsewhere, Eddie appeared at the Inspired Games in Warwickshire to encourage retirees to keep motivated, mindful and mobile post-lockdown.

The skier’s visit was part of a wider week of activities held by Inspired Villages to celebrate Great Britain at the games this summer and boost wellness among the older generation as lockdown restrictions continue to lift.

He said of his involvement: “I am thrilled to be joining the residents and guests at Great Alne Park for the Inspired Games.

“It’s really important especially as we get older that we stay fit and active, and it’s great to be able to work with Inspired Villages as this is something that they champion and encourage for all of their residents to keep them living independently for longer.

“I can’t wait to get stuck in, the guests may even beat me at some sports events!”

For more information on Inspired Villages please visit www.inspiredvillages.co.uk.

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