Brian Conley wants to remain on 'Strictly Come Dancing' for "as long as possible".

Brian Conley and Amy Dowden

Brian Conley and Amy Dowden

The 56-year-old comedian - who is the bookies' favourite to be the next contestant eliminated - insists he is enjoying the competition, despite claims he wants to leave the show, and is hoping he can progress further.

He tweeted: "Just woke to news that I apparently want to be out of strictly what utter bulls**t! I'm loving this & 100% want to stay in as long as poss (sic)"

Brian sparked speculation he might want out of the show earlier this week when he was heard telling his professional partner Amy Dowden "I've got another week to go ain't I?" while on spin-off show 'It Takes Two' after she warned him not to injure himself.

A Strictly insider told The Sun newspaper: "Brian clearly sees his involvement in the show as pretty short-term."

Brian survived last week's dance-off against Chizzy Akudolu and admitted it was a "bittersweet" moment because he has become pals with the 'Holby City' actress.

He tweeted: "A bittersweet feeling I should be jumping for joy but its hard I really love Chizzy a kind & lovely lady with a wicked sense of humour x (sic)"

As well as Brian, Reverend Richard Coles is also enjoying his time on the show after shedding a stone due to the tough training schedule.

A studio source told the publication: "Richard has lost inches off his waist and the costume department have had to take in several of his outfits. He's delighted."

Before the series, he said: "I want to lose two-and-a-half stone and not go to A&E. That's my main ambition."