Will Mellor is made of tough stuff. Despite suffering from a “bad” flu virus, the actor managed to make it to Dance Come Dancing over the weekend – and wasn’t eliminated.
He, the Coronation Street star, who was sleeping in his dressing room before taking the stage, scored just 23 points for his rumba in Ed Sheeran’s The Joker And The Queen featuring Taylor Swift.
“I only trained for about five hours that week because I was in bed with a full-blown flu virus. I was in a bad way. The judges know, but they just decided not to mention it or consider it,” Mellor said.
“Honestly, I was a little bit upset about that, because I was having a hard time, and when you’re like that, you feel a bit sorry for yourself, and when I get the score, I have a little , ‘After all that…? ! ‘. I got four from Craig [Revel Horwood], but that’s just the way it is. They have to judge it when they see it, and it’s up to them.
“Maybe I shouldn’t [danced]because the judges kicked me out – I should have dropped it! “
But the 46-year-old, who has collaborated with professional dancer Nancy Xu on BBC One, wants not to say anything too negative about the judges. “It’s hard to take criticism when you don’t feel great. I don’t want people to see that I’m complaining about the judges’ grading – that’s part of the competition.
“I wanted to dance, that was my decision – they offered to give me a week off, but I think I’ll see how I feel and if I can dance, I should.”
He dedicated his routine to the mental health of men in VT throughout the show. “It’s an important message,” he said. “I love the song and I think if I can get through it, I should do it – it’s not going as well as I’d hoped.”
Mellor – who is working with James Villas (jamesvillas.co.uk) in a family-themed travel campaign – said he’s much better now, although he’s not 100% well and still feels “exhausted”. But he will be dancing on Saturday, and says his bad experience on the show last week has made him “more determined this week to get it right”.
The intense workout has been a huge boost to his health. “I’m very healthy and I’ve lost a lot of weight – I don’t know how much,” he said. When I say I’m the right person, I don’t know if that contributes to what I’ve gotten into because I’ve probably been a bit off in all the training. “
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“When it goes well, it feels great. But then you’ve got the other side of it like this week, when it didn’t go well. It’s like a roller coaster, you go up and down.”
Coronation Street viewers saw Mellor’s villain Harvey Gaskell return to the show this week in scenes before he began his grueling six-day-a-week training schedule for Serious.
“Harvey is back!” he said, with a laugh. “I’ve shot quite a few episodes, so he’ll stay for a bit. I had to film it all before starting Serious because that would be very busy and I didn’t want to do other work at the same time because I heard how harsh Serious was and I thought I’d give it my own. Best shot – I don’t want to be too skinny myself. “
Despite life being hectic for Mellor, he’s already planning a family vacation trip next spring to Grenada, where his wife Michelle is – leaving his children Jayden, 18 age and Renee, 14, can meet their 80-year-old grandparents.
“We really wanted to get out there and take the kids, because that’s where their heritage is, their roots,” he said. “It’s a big holiday, you don’t do it every year, so we’re looking forward to it.”
He says his children have been all over the world with him and his wife, and have traveled more than when he was a child. “When I was a kid, we didn’t have much money, so we went to places like Minehead and Pwllheli. We had some of the best times, though – the caravan holidays as a kid were amazing,” he said.
New research by James Villas has found that children today are on vacation at an average age four years younger than when their parents went on their first vacation, enjoying their first overseas vacation since the age of 10. an average of four.
“It’s important to go places with family and make memories, that’s the thing of life.”
And although the family goes to Gran Canaria a lot in the winter, Mellor says: “I’m not one of those people who likes to go back to the same old places, because when you go to the same places, you tend to do things. similar.”
Research shows two-thirds of parents who think their children will still go on vacation with them when they’re in their twenties, say family vacations are now more precious because of the rising cost of living. more difficult.
“I want my kids to go on vacation with me all the time – I feel guilty, especially if I go abroad, if I don’t have kids with me,” says Mellor. I feel like I’m missing my family. We are a very tight-knit family and that’s how I like it. I love making memories together and giving them something they can look back on one day and talk to their children.
“I would give my family anything. I’ve been working on TV for 32 years now, so I’ve been working for a long time, and if I can’t use what I’ve got to try to make memories for my family, then so be it. I would do it for the wrong reasons. I work as hard as I can and try to earn as much money as possible so that I can create opportunities for my family. That’s all.”
Will Mellor is assisting with James Villas’ family vacation research (jamesvillas.co.uk)
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