Essex wants to liven up Strictly

Congleton Guardian: Joey Essex got up close and personal to the animals in his new show, Educating Joey Essex Joey Essex got up close and personal to the animals in his new show, Educating Joey Essex

Joey Essex has revealed he would like to step out for Strictly Come Dancing.

Having survived the Australian jungle in I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, the former Only Way Is Essex star would like to show off his moves and fancy footwork on the BBC dance show.

"I love to dance but I want to do more cool dancing. Maybe I should go on it and mix it up and do a bit of breakdancing," he said.

"I've never watched it that much, but I've seen it. I think I could easily pull off one of their outfits. They're the ones with the diamonds, aren't they? I'd look sick in that."

The 23-year-old, who left The Only Way Is Essex in 2013, headed to Africa for his new ITV2 show, Educating Joey Essex, although he remains confused over the definition of the African continent and the country. He went on safari in South Africa, and visited Ngamba Island's famous chimpanzee sanctuary in Uganda.

"I wanted to go out there and learn what Africa is all about, because it is a big country. I weren't told what I was going to do, but the composite of the show was to go see monkeys and gorillas in their natural habitat," he said.

"Meeting the gorillas was incredible. I learnt that monkeys and gorillas probably ain't best to keep as a pet and they are more happy in their natural habitat."

Joey admitted he was scared when he went to the township of Soweto.

"I was asleep the whole way through the flight, so I felt like I was still in Essex (when I landed), and the next minute, I was in some neighbourhood in Africa. It was really weird," he recalled.

"Within an hour off a plane from Essex, I was thinking, 'What the hell is going on here? I'm in a neighbourhood with some geezers jumping around me like nutters'. I didn't know whether they were going to hurt me or not. If I went back to Soweto, I wouldn't be as scared as I was."

The reality TV star hopes that the show will get the green light for further episodes, so he could "educate" himself in other areas. Essex, who left school with two GCSEs in art and wood technology, also fancies going back to school.

"I don't know why but I've really got the urge to go back to school," he said.

"I've been talking to a lot of my mates recently, and we were saying how cool it would be to go back to school. It was sick but I didn't really learn much. So that would be interesting."

He joked: "I still think I would fail my GCSEs. I don't know anything, I'd probably learn less."

Joey added: "I'd also love to go to Brazil, Milan for the fashion and somewhere really weird like Thailand. Even though I don't feel comfortable because I'm out of my comfort zone, it's also interesting because you're learning stuff."

Educating Joey Essex airs at 9pm on ITV2 on March 16.

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