“I’m trying to create a show that’s a little bit more accessible and intimate with some audience participation, but if people just want to watch they will love it too. We have a queue of people wanting to get involved and we have to give everyone a fair chance.
Sometimes people think the people we pick are preselected but it’s random – whoever comes and wants to dance.” He added: “We make our show a little bit more cosy and family orientated and we love to include our audience in what’s going on on-stage.” Pasha came to the UK in 2011 to join Strictly after appearing on So You Think You Can Dance in the UK.
His most memorable series was in 2007, when he and wife Ola were partnered with Gabby and Kenny Logan, meaning two married couples competed against each other.
He reached the final twice, with Pamela Stephenson and Denise Van Outen, but exited early last year with Vanessa Feltz.
There’s long been no love lost between “Shimmy Jimmy” and the male judges, with the feisty Jordan tending to bristle at their criticisms and answer back.
Jordan built a good rapport with his partners but this often manifested itself in his being over-protective.
He said recently that both Revel Horwood and fellow panellist Bruno Tonioli shoud be axed, which won’t have gone down well. Due to visa issues, the popular Russian has opted to stay in the US after strutting his stuff on the latest series of Dancing with the Stars, which finished a fortnight ago.
He holds the records for the most tens ever awarded and the most perfect scores, as well as being the only dancer to reach the finals three times.
You get the feeling that Strictly favourite Pasha Kovalev, who lifted the famous glitterball trophy with his 2014 partner Caroline Flack, is something of an over-achiever.