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Joey would love to be on Strictly

Joey Essex wants a part on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

Having survived the jungle in I'm A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out Of Here, the former The Only Way Is Essex star fancies showing off his moves and fancy footwork on the 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 last year, 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."


Essex admitted he was scared when he visited Soweto.

"I was asleep 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.

The reality TV star hopes that the show will get the green light for further episodes so he could "educate" himself in other areas.

"I don't know why, but I've really got the urge to go back to school," he said. "I still think I would fail my GCSEs. I don't know anything, I'd probably learn less.

"I'd also love to go to Brazil, Milan for the fashion and somewhere 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."