Vincent Simone is a contestant on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity.. Get Me Out Of Here 2013!
Date of Birth: 15 March 1979
Phobias: Everything. I am even scared of a ladybird.
Missing any special occasions: Turned down Strictly Christmas special to take part plus a lot of dancing events
Relationship status: Long-term partner
As one of Strictly Come Dancing’s former professional dancers, Vincent Simone is planning to turn the jungle into a ballroom and teach his fellow celebrity camp mates how to perform the sizzling Tango and Salsa.
Smiling, the 34-year-old star says he hopes there will be a pretty female who he can show how to perform some dance moves to and inject some ‘passion’ around the campfire.
With a glint in his eye, he declares: “I hope there is someone nice in there that I can teach some steps. Dancing is the best thing. It has been my life and I would like to try and teach the celebrities how to dance. I would like to inject some passion!
“I love dancing so much but when I got asked to take part in this show, I really wanted to do it.
“I have danced all my life. I know I am very confident if I perform in a competition but this is something totally out of my comfort zone. I have always been surrounded by sparkles and this show is going to put me in touch with nature. Even when I just catch the promotional adverts for the new series, my heart stops for five seconds. It’s so exciting and it’s going to be really nice for everyone to get to know me.”
But Vincent readily admits he isn’t going to find it easy. So scared is the dancer of every type of creature you can possibly come across that he even recently got frightened when a ladybird came flying towards him.
He reveals: “I am scared of anything. I am realising this more and more. The other day I was on a phone at home and I opened the French doors to go outside. I saw this red thing flying towards me. I was kicking and punching it. It was a ladybird! I am so terrible; I can’t actually pick out specific creatures. spiders, tarantulas, I am scared of the whole thing.
“But I am looking forward to pushing myself and trying.”
He pauses, laughs and then admits: But I won’t be surprised if I chicken out! It will be a shame but at least I have tried!”
Vincent has recently become a dad for a second time and so you wonder why he is putting himself through such terror when he could be sitting at home, surrounded by his creature comforts.
“My partner, Susan, is nervous,” he concedes. “She is my mentor and everything I do, I tell her. She helps me a lot but with this, she left the decision to me and told me she would support me either way. She knows how rubbish I am with things.
“My mum is not happy either. I am still her little boy and she is not looking forward to me suffering.
“But this is something I really want to do.”
So excited is Vincent about taking part on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! that he even turned down the invite to take part in this year’s Strictly Christmas Day special.
“You have to say no to people. Flavia, my professional dance partner, wasn’t too supportive at the beginning but she is now. She worries about me not eating but she needs me. She is nothing without me!,” he jokes.
“Seriously though, it’s going to be nice for the public to see that I do have a soft side to me. Italians like to cuddle and I am used to showing my emotions with my dance.
In public I do like to play the part of the charming Italian who is flirtatious. I keep saying I am the best but I do it in a jokey way. So when I go in the jungle, hopefully people will realise that I am emotional.
“I actually used to be quite shy and so if I were to actually go on and win this, it would be amazing. It would boost my confidence.”
Yet he is no pushover either and Vincent says he will be prepared to tell his fellow campers exactly what he thinks of them in no uncertain terms.
“I don’t like people shouting, anger or people with big heads,” he reveals. “If I have to get something off my chest, I will. I don’t hide my emotions.”
So is his decision to go on I’m a Celebrity part of a change in career direction?
Definitely not, insists Vincent. “I am in the middle of choreographing a new show and I am booked up for the next three years,” he goes on. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I have got to a point where life is so intense that is it nice to try something new. I am going to miss my family so much but I am focused and I want to remember this opportunity for the rest of my life.”