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Romford’s Strictly favourite Gary Edwards loses two stone in prized role preparations

PUBLISHED: 09:24 06 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:33 06 April 2017

Gary Edwards aka the Ballroom Giant, has lost two stone on a crash diet and is still waiting to hear if he was landed the Strictly judging role. Picture: Sophie Bishop.

Gary Edwards aka the Ballroom Giant, has lost two stone on a crash diet and is still waiting to hear if he was landed the Strictly judging role. Picture: Sophie Bishop.

Sophie Bishop

Strictly Come Dancing hopeful Gary Edwards has lost almost two stones in weight as he steps up his bid to land Len Goodman’s prized judging role.

Gary Edwards aka the Ballroom Giant, has lost two stone on a crash diet and is still waiting to hear if he was landed the Strictly judging role. Picture: Sophie Bishop.Gary Edwards aka the Ballroom Giant, has lost two stone on a crash diet and is still waiting to hear if he was landed the Strictly judging role. Picture: Sophie Bishop.

Gary, 50, who grew up on Clockhouse Lane, Collier Row, and then Mawney Road, Romford, shed the pounds on an strict calorie-controlled diet.

Known as the Ballroom Giant because of his huge 6ft 4in frame, the dancer hopes to land one of the most sought after jobs in showbiz.

“Six weeks into my new diet and I feel like a completely new man,” he said.

“My energy levels are up and I have a skip back in my step.

Gary Edwards aka the Ballroom Giant getting some crunches in at the gym. Picture: Sophie Bishop.Gary Edwards aka the Ballroom Giant getting some crunches in at the gym. Picture: Sophie Bishop.

“Now, I’m in the gym three or four times a week and am having to have all my suits altered because I’ve lost so much weight – it’s costing me a fortune, but it’s worth it.”

The world-class judge who taught the king of pop – Michael Jackson – the cha cha abstained from chocolate, alcohol, bread, pasta and crisps and introduced salads, avocado, water, and smaller portions into his diet.

“I’ve had all my trousers taken in an inch and have had four inches off my jacket,” he continued.

“I’ve actually lost 25 pounds and I intend to keep going.”

The star who appears regularly on Dancing With The Stars All Access, America’s version of the hit BBC One dance show’s It Take Two decided to fight the flab after piling on the pounds on a diet of stodgy hotel food and sugary snacks as he toured the US on judging panels.

He now divides his time between his property on Florida beach and his home in Essex and is one of the hot favourites to replace Goodman along with dancer Anton Du Beke and Karen Hardy.

Sun Bets are so sure he will land the coveted role betting on him has been suspended as he reached odds of 4/5 favourite.

Goodman announced his retirement at the end of the last series.

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