Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder has revealed he was axed from appearing on England’s Strictly Come Dancing after producers feared he’d swear too much.

Since 2004, many Britons have been completely enamoured with the television program Strictly Come Dancing. A televised dancing contest, the show pairs celebrity contestants with professional dancers, and has become something of a cultural phenomenon.

However, if you’d hoped to see Happy Mondays’ Shaun Ryder strutting his stuff on TV, the iconic frontman has revealed it was sadly not to be.

Speaking to Absolute Radio recently, the Madchester rocker revealed he’d be asked to appear on the programme, only to be kicked off soon after.

“I did get asked to do Strictly, yes, and it was at the same time I got asked to do the Jungle…“The absolute truth of that is Strictly f***** me off and the Jungle had me.”

This response seems to date Ryder’s brush with Strictly Come Dancing back to 2010, when he was sent to he ‘jungles’ of Murwillumbah, New South Wales for the tenth season of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, ultimately finishing second.

“I don’t think they were going to let me go on Saturday night television live on the BBC,” he continued. “I might have said ‘F*** off you c**** – who the f*** do you think you are, you bunch of t**** talking about me?

“I might have done that, just might,” he admitted. “There might have been a small chance.”

While it seems as though we won’t be seeing Shaun Ryder show off his dancing skills any time soon, the iconic singer has however appeared on a number of other British shows, including Celebrity JuiceWould I Lie To You, and 2013’s inexplicable Shaun Ryder On UFOs.

If you’re keen on seeing the rocker in action though, he’s set to hit up Aussie shores early next year when Happy Mondays return as part of the Golden Plains festival. With a number of sideshows planned for their trip, the group’s lucky Aussie fans are set to see them play their seminal 1990 album Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches in full.

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Happy Mondays Pills ‘n’ Thrills And Bellyaches Australian Tour 2019

Saturday, March 2nd
Astor Theatre, Perth, WA

Sunday, March 3rd
HQ, Adelaide, SA

Thursday, March 7th
Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, QLD

Friday, March 8th
Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Saturday, March 9th
The Forum, Melbourne, VIC

Pre-sale kicks off on Wednesday, October 24th

Tickets on sale through SBM Presents at 9am local time Friday, October 26th

Also appearing at the 2019 Golden Plains festival.

Golden Plains 2019

Happy Mondays
The Jesus & Mary Chain
Liz Phair
Four Tet
Magic Dirt
Beach House
The Internet
Marlon Williams
Amp Fiddler
Confidence Man
Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso UFO
DJ Harvey
Danny Krivit
Shannon & the Clams
Hieroglyphic Being
Raw Humps
Horatio Luna
The Living Eyes

With more to be announced…

Saturday, March 9th – Monday, March 11th, 2019
Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre, VIC
Tickets: Golden Plains