30 Jan Dancing Icon tipped for Strictly says “I thought my life was over’ as he discusses cancer scare
By Dan Bryans
Essex star and Dance icon Gary Edwards has admitted that he has secretly fought a tough battle against skin cancer over the past two years when he was diagnosed with basal-cell carcinoma, but is now healthy and fit again.
Top dance judge Edwards is being considered as a surprise replacement for Len Goodman who is retiring from Strictly Come Dancing.
He said:”I thought my life was over when I was told I had cancer after going to the doctors when I had a permanent itch and scab on my shoulder. Luckily I went in time and I have received all the treatment and been given the all clear.”
Gary, 50, who is now fit and well once taught Michael Jackson to dance the Cha-Cha, has known Goodman all his life and is also good friends with judge Bruno Tonioli on the hit BBC series.
He currently appears on the All Access Internet Show of Dancing With The Stars in America and doesn’t pull any punches with his acerbic comments not only about the dancers but also the judges.
At six foot four inches he has been nicknamed “the ballroom giant” and is one of the world’s most experienced judges having won more than 30 international titles including British Open Ballroom and British Open Latin during a sparkling career.
One thing for sure it will be a remarkable year for the Ballroom Giant.