Strictly’s Caroline Quentin says she felt ‘institutionalised’ by the time she left show 

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Caroline Quentin has opened up about how the BBC show left her feeling ‘institutionalised’ by the time she was voted off.

The actress, 60, described the experience as the ‘oddest’ thing she has ever done, as she explained she accepted the offer due to her clear diary amid the pandemic.

Detailing her time on the show with the Guardian, Caroline explained that despite being a ‘well-oiled machine’, the show can ‘become a little insensitive to individuals.’

Opinion: Strictly Come Dancing contestant Caroline Quentin has opened up about how the BBC show left her feeling 'institutionalised' by the time she was voted off

Opinion: Strictly Come Dancing contestant Caroline Quentin has opened up about how the BBC show left her feeling 'institutionalised' by the time she was voted off

Opinion: Strictly Come Dancing contestant Caroline Quentin has opened up about how the BBC show left her feeling ‘institutionalised’ by the time she was voted off

The Men Behaving Badly star, said: ‘It’s probably the oddest thing I’ve done… Basically, you’re trapped. I mean, thank God I liked my partner. People say it’s an institution and … I felt a bit institutionalised by the time I came out.’ 

Explaining what she meant, Caroline added: ‘It’s a bit like The Wizard of Oz. The wizard’s behind that screen and he is not the mighty Wizard of Oz. It’s impenetrable, opaque. It’s a machine. They all refer to Strictly as a well-oiled machine. It has to be. But, within that, I think it can become a little… insensitive to individuals.’

During her time on the ballroom show, where she was partnered with professional dancer Johannes Radebe, Caroline caused a stir online when she licked her partner during their cheeky Cha Cha routine.

'Institutionalised': The actress, 60, described the experience as the 'oddest' thing she has ever done, as she explained she accepted the offer due to her clear diary amid the pandemic

'Institutionalised': The actress, 60, described the experience as the 'oddest' thing she has ever done, as she explained she accepted the offer due to her clear diary amid the pandemic

‘Institutionalised’: The actress, 60, described the experience as the ‘oddest’ thing she has ever done, as she explained she accepted the offer due to her clear diary amid the pandemic

Clearly unfazed by the criticism for the ‘over-sexualised’ gesture, Caroline said: ”It was meant to be funny So get a sense of humour or f**k off. One or the other. I don’t care.’

Caroline revealed the ‘consensual’ moment was carefully planned out between herself and Johannes and he had given his permission during rehearsals. 

While fans were loving the performance, many were stunned by Caroline’s choice to lick her partner, with one viewer asking: ‘Did I imagine that?’  

Ooh I say! Caroline caused quite a stir on as she appeared to lick pro partner Johannes Radebe's arm

Ooh I say! Caroline caused quite a stir on as she appeared to lick pro partner Johannes Radebe's arm

Ooh I say! Caroline caused quite a stir on as she appeared to lick pro partner Johannes Radebe’s arm

Fun times: The actress was keen to impress with her cha cha routine to Rescue Me by Fontella Bass, with her starring as a damsel in distress while dancer Johannes, 33, was a hunky fireman

Fun times: The actress was keen to impress with her cha cha routine to Rescue Me by Fontella Bass, with her starring as a damsel in distress while dancer Johannes, 33, was a hunky fireman

Fun times: The actress was keen to impress with her cha cha routine to Rescue Me by Fontella Bass, with her starring as a damsel in distress while dancer Johannes, 33, was a hunky fireman

Watching at home, Strictly fans were shocked by what they saw and rushed to Twitter to comment on the cheeky moment. 

‘Let’s face it, we’d all lick Johannes if we had the chance’ commented one viewer. 

While a second asked: ‘Is that the first ever choreography in Strictly history that involved a celeb trying to lick their partner?’

Reaction: Watching at home, Strictly fans were shocked by what they saw and rushed to Twitter to comment on the cheeky moment

Reaction: Watching at home, Strictly fans were shocked by what they saw and rushed to Twitter to comment on the cheeky moment

Reaction: Watching at home, Strictly fans were shocked by what they saw and rushed to Twitter to comment on the cheeky moment

‘What a fun routine. In fairness I’d lick Johannes too’ joked a third.

‘Did Caroline just lick Johannes mid-routine ????? Mood’ asked a fourth.

A disbelieving fifth watcher said: ‘Did Caroline just lick Johannes’s arm?? Or did I imagine that??’

Caroline and Johannes were the fourth couple to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing this year. 

Following their exit, Caroline admitted she cares ‘much less’ what people think of her and admitted that she’s ‘not really frightened of much’ since turning 60.

The Jonathan Creek actress branded her Strictly stint as ‘the greatest learning curve’ as she detailed the advice she’d giver her younger self. 

She spoke fondly of her challenging Strictly experience to Good Housekeeping and admitted she learned to focus on entertaining people through dance.

She said: ‘It was the greatest learning curve. It’s grindingly difficult and terrifying.

‘It’s like having an opening night every Saturday night, but I learned that I can forget myself long enough to just be there to entertain people.

‘I was there to bring two minutes of joy into people’s lives.’ 

Learning: The Jonathan Creek actress branded her Strictly stint as 'the greatest learning curve' as she detailed the advice she'd giver her younger self (pictured January 2020)

Learning: The Jonathan Creek actress branded her Strictly stint as 'the greatest learning curve' as she detailed the advice she'd giver her younger self (pictured January 2020)

Learning: The Jonathan Creek actress branded her Strictly stint as ‘the greatest learning curve’ as she detailed the advice she’d giver her younger self (pictured January 2020)

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