Reformed Married At First Sight bad boy Dean Wells says he's ready to dance his way into Australia's hearts. But not everyone is happy about it - including The Bachelorette's Lee Elliott.
Speaking to Woman's Day, Dean spills all about his feud with Lee, his new Dancing With The Stars gig and why he's determined to prove all his haters wrong.
What's been the reaction to you appearing on DWTS?
I'm getting so much positive feedback. I'm really stoked that everyone's looking forward to being entertained by a big dude jumping around in sequins.
Former Bachelorette star Lee Elliott has said you shouldn't be on the show because you're an "intolerable, sexist, chauvinistic bigot". What do you make of that?
I find it really bizarre that he would say that stuff because he's never met me. Anyone who has met me knows I'm the opposite of all those things, but everyone's entitled to their own opinion. I just choose to be positive and move forward with the next chapter in my life. I'm looking at DWTS as a way to improve myself as a person... I'm ready to prove everyone wrong.
There are so many different celebrity reality shows now. Why did you pick DWTS?
Well, the show donates the money you win to charity, and I have an amazing charity – the BridgIT Water Foundation, which deals with some of the poorest people on the planet. So if I have the chance to make myself look silly and raise money for an amazing charity, then I'll take that opportunity any day.
Have you ever danced before?
I have never done any formal dancing of any kind before. I've dabbled here and there at parties and whatnot, having a few beers and shaking my ass a little bit!
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Who's your major rival?
I know Chloe Lattanzi has had some dancing experience and I've already seen her strut some moves in rehearsals, so she's definitely one to beat.
Dancing With The Stars Australia returns Sunday, February 9, 7.30pm, Ten