JJ Chalmers’ latest challenge will see him take to the dance floor when Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One. The former Royal Marine Commando sustained life-changing injuries following an IED explosion in Afghanistan before becoming a TV presenter and explained there will be some dance moves he’ll be unable to do.
Speaking to Express.co.uk and other press, JJ explained how his injuries will affect his dancing.
JJ said: “[My body] was all stuck back together and the surgeon built me a new body.
“I spent the best part of four, five years learning how to use that body and here we are.
“Now, we’re going to find out if it’s fixed or not essentially and that’s the amazing thing about this process.”
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Strictly Come Dancing 2020: JJ Chalmers explains the move he won't be able to do (Image: BBC)
Strictly Come Dancing 2020: JJ will take to the dance floor when the series returns (Image: BBC)
“There is going to be things which I am either going to struggle with and will likely get to a point where I am not able to do things,” JJ continued.
“I very much doubt I’m going to be able to go full Patrick Swayze and lift someone above my head because I can barely lift my arms above my head.
“But at the same time, I’m going to try, I’m going to be sensible and I’m going to listen to my body.”
After years of rehabilitation, JJ went on to win three medals at the 2014 Invictus Games where he captained the Trike Cycling team.
Strictly Come Dancing 2020: JJ won three medals at