Matt Goss: I was like a deer in the headlights on Strictly Come Dancing

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Bros singer Matt Goss has described his appearance on Strictly Come Dancing as emotionally challenging.

The 54-year-old was eliminated from the dancing competition after the third public vote with partner Nadiya Bychkova, losing the dance-off to soap star Kym Marsh and her professional Graziano Di Prima.

The singer-songwriter, who recently returned to the UK from living in the US, described his experience competing in the 20th series of the BBC One dancing show.

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Matt Goss, centre left, and Nadiya Bychkova with Kym Marsh and Graziano di Prima during the results show of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

He told Red magazine: “If I’m honest, it was a bit challenging emotionally for me. I was like a deer in the headlights.

“It took a while for me to start feeling comfortable, but I was rooting for everyone and I really am grateful for the experience.”

Goss, who suffers from Poland syndrome, said Strictly’s wardrobe department were “very considerate” of his feelings.

Poland’s syndrome is a rare condition characterised by webbing of the fingers and underdevelopment of chest muscle and usually affects one side of the body, Great Ormond Street Hospital said on its website.

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Matt Goss and Nadiya Bychkova during the first live show of Strictly Come Dancing 2022 (Guy Levy/BBC/PA)

“I didn’t mention it initially because it’s not a disability, but it’s still something that absolutely obliterates your confidence,” he said.

“I avoided swimming when I was younger, and a lot of the Bros shots had me with a towel on or covering my side.

“It was very emotional when I found out what it was because I was like, ‘Wow, I’m not a weirdo’ – that was how I’d been made to feel.

“Since Strictly, I’ve had so many messages from people saying they have it too, and I feel privileged to be in that club now.”

The full interview with Matt Goss is available in the January issue of Red, now on sale.