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Homes Under The Hammer’s Martin Roberts left ‘nervous’ ahead of baring all in challenge

Martin Roberts announces The Real Full Monty participation

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The day has finally arrived!

Martin Roberts

“I am sooo nervous but so incredibly happy to be supporting such a great cause #cancerawareness”.

 

Brandishing a hat similar to those seen in the film The Full Monty, which the dance show is based on, he added to over 27,000 Twitter followers, “Wish me luck!”

With a flourish of his hat, Martin urged fans to “always remember to go and get checked at the first sign of any problems”.

He also revealed that he will be participating in “crazy rehearsals all day” in the lead-up to the show.

The “nervous” star thanked fans for their messages of support, before begging them to “think of me tonight at about seven o’ clock, when we do the do”.

The public can see Martin’s sensational striptease when it airs on ITV next month.

The charity event holds a special meaning for the TV personality, as his best friend of 35 years was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer six years ago, and he died after battling the disease.

“Two years [after diagnosis], aged 54, he died, leaving a wife and two teenage daughters. It devastated us all,” he revealed candidly on Instagram.

“If my involvement in The Real Full Monty encourages even just one person to get checked out sooner than they otherwise would have done, and thereby avoid the pain and suffering that David and his family have gone through, then this will have been the most important show I’ve ever been involved in!” he added. 

Martin was especially chilled by the fact that his friend had been exactly the same age as him when he died. 

There are currently more than 375,000 cancer diagnoses in the UK every year – an increasing number that the show is battling to raise awareness of. 

The star-studded cast for the dance performances is certainly sure to grab attention for the cause. 

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Martin will be joined by Love Island favourites Demi Jones and Terry Soares, EastEnders actress Laila Morse, Blue singer Duncan James and The Real Housewives of Cheshire reality TV star Christine McGuinness to name just a few.

He was met with a deluge of encouragement and support on social media from many of his co-stars. 

Duncan James assured him, “You’re gonna smash it, brother!” while his former Homes Under The Hammer co-star Lucy Alexander added, “Amazing cause, Martin – go for it!”

Meanwhile, ITV has promised a “huge dose of  sequins, sparkles, sambas and salsas” for those tuning in to support the cause. 

A teaser adds of the show: “Bringing old school glitz and glamour to the all-new supersized strip, this is a Monty dance extravaganza”.

Martin and friends will be hosted by Diversity star Ashley Banjo, who is hugely looking forward to the night.

“It’s going to be our biggest musical dance extravaganza yet,” he has stated, “and we are determined to get the message out there that early cancer checks in intimate areas save lives. 

“So don’t forget to check your bits and baubles this Christmas!”

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