Rugby star and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Ben Cohen decided to show his Facebook followers yesterday what kind of shape he's been getting in for the TV dance competition, writing:
"Quick warm up before the photo shoot! #HowvainamI" (see photo above)
Hopefully vain enough to show us some more as the weeks go on.
Ben Cohen danced his way onto our screens for the opening night of Strictly Come Dancing this weekend.
But before the ex-England rugby ace put his dancing shoes on, he’d already swapped his rugby ball for this gorgeous tot. Cute!
The dad to five-year-old twins, Harriette and Isabelle, has teamed up with Persil Non-Bio and Comfort Pure to create the Cuddle Mastery Guide to give new parents confidence in how to cuddle, comfort and soothe their little ones.
The guide was produced after new research by Persil Non-Bio and Comfort Pure shows that over half of new dads feel nervous when giving their little one those first important cuddles.
For 20% of dads, the first baby they will ever hold is their own. So Ben created the guide to different ways to cuddle to put new dads at ease.
Well, we’re sure we wouldn’t mind a cuddle from those strong arms.
It looks like Ben’s Strictly partner Kristina Rihanoff is in good hands!
Ben Cohen has revealed the tragic motivation for taking part in Strictly Come Dancing – the brutal killing of his dad.
The England rugby ace signed up to the BBC One show to raise awareness of his anti-bulling charity, the Ben Cohen Stand Up Foundation, which he launched after his father died in 2000.
“My reasons [for taking part] were solely to put my foundation out there,” Ben, 34, told LOOK.
“My father was brutally attacked by five guys and the knock on effect on our family was huge.
“I used my anger, pain and suffering to inspire greatness in some way and I channelled that into my rugby and that’s why I wanted to win the world cup and how I managed to become one of the best players in the world.
“[Through Strictly] I want to promote what we do with and how we support and cooperate with other organizations. It’s basically raising awareness of what bullying does long term.”
Ben’s dad Peter, 58, was beaten to an inch of his life after stepping in to protect someone at a Northampton night club owned by Ben’s brother, Justin. He was in a coma for three weeks and seemed to be improving before he died a month later on November 14, 2000. Three men were jailed for violent disorder and Ben set up the foundation a year later.
According to Ben he takes after his dad on the dance floor - but not, he says in a good way. He said: "The whole of my family are like ‘Christ you’re like your dad, he’s got two left feet'. He can’t dance and nor can I. I’m more of a head nodder at a bar.”
Judging by the group dance this weekend, which saw Ben looking at ease with the dance moves, he might be playing down his dance floor prowess.
And with Strictly professional Kristina Rihanoff by his side he's got a good chance of getting his hands on the glitter ball. She took singer Donovan all the way to the Blackpool final in 2009. This week Kristina told LOOK how she has been invited by Ben’s wife Abbie to visit the couple’s home in Northampton.
Ben, who is clinically deaf and has just 30-33% hearing in each ear, is dad to five-year-old twin girls, Harriette and Isabelle.
Don't forget to catch Strictly Come Dancing 2013 featuring Ben Cohen on BBC One and BBC One HD for viewers in the UK!