Backshall battered by Strictly

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Published: Monday 24th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Steve Backshall said Strictly Come Dancing has taken its toll upon his physique.

The naturalist, who left the show this weekend after losing the dance-off to Sunetra Sarker, said that the gruelling training regime had left him feeling exhausted.

Speaking at the children’s Baftas in central London, he said: “My body is slowly falling apart – bits are dropping off.

“You don’t really get any days off, and after a while you really do start to get aches and pains and respect quite how hard it is for the dancers.”

Asked if the show had improved his fitness he said: “No, quite the opposite. I’m in different shape, but not necessarily better shape.”

He said that he was looking forward to getting back to his day job, but he hinted that might not leave behind the dancing entirely.

“My passion is wildlife and always has been since I was five years old. That’s not going to change.

“I might still find a bit of time for dance – who knows?”

Former X-Factor contestant Jay James had warm words for fellow contestant Stevi Ritchie, saying that the singer, who was voted off this week, had deserved his spot in the show.

“Stevi is a very good friend of mine from the show. I really hope that he wins in life. He’s a beautiful man and he’s a great performer. ”

He backed Fleur East to win, saying: “She’s my girl. She’s a superstar.

“I’d love to see her win it. I think it’d be amazing for the X-Factor.”

The awards ceremony was a good night for Disney, with Frozen winning the children’s vote film award and Disney Animated winning the Children’s Interactive award.

Cartoon Network won the children’s channel of the year.

CBeebies show Katie Morag picked up two awards, in the Drama and Performer categories, with nine-year-old star Cherry Campbell becoming the youngest Bafta winner.

Peter Firmin, creator of classics including Bagpuss and Ivor the Engine, received a special award for his outstanding contribution to children’s media.

Double act Dick and Dom won two awards, coming top in the Presenter and Comedy categories.

Cartoon Network followed their win in Channel of the Year with an award for Adventure Time, which won the International category.

CITV’s Share a Story won the Short Form category for the third year in a row.

Operation Ouch! and Shaun the Sheep were both second-time winners, receiving awards in Factual and Animation.

The Lego Movie beat tough competitors Maleficent, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Frozen to win in the Feature Film category.

Great British Bake Off spinoff show Junior Bake Off won in the Entertainment category.

Some 200,000 seven to 14-year-olds also voted for their favourite film, television programme, website and game in the Bafta Kids’ Vote.

Frozen was the most popular feature film, Disney show Jessie was the top television programme, Minecraft won in the Game category and Bin Weevils was children’s favourite website.

Published: Monday 24th November 2014 by The News Editor

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