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BBC unveils “Strictly”celebrity line-up

Posted on September 6, 2011


The BBC today announced the celebrity line-up for “Strictly Come Dancing” 2011, revealing an intriguing mix of people drawn from the worlds of sport, acting, politics, music and entertainment.

The ninth series,which launches with a red-carpet event at 6.10pm on BBC One, September 10, will see the 14 new celebrities battle it out on the dance floor, to win the ultimate glitterball trophy.

This year’s contestants are impressionist and comedian Rory Bremner, former MP Edwina Currie, lawyer, writer and entrepreneur Nancy Dell’Olio,actor Anita Dobson, Australian singer Jason Donovan, astrologer Russell Grant, boxer Audley Harrison, “Waterloo Road” actor Chelsee Healey, TV presenter Alex Jones, pop star Harry Juddfrom McFly, TV presenter Daniel Lobb, musical icon Lulu, former footballer Robbie Savage and actor and singer Holly Valance.

Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly will return to guide viewers through the action on Saturday nights, while Tess will again be joined by Claudia Winkleman for the Sunday night results show. Also returning are the “fearsome foursome” head judge Len Goodman and fellow judges Alesha Dixon, Craig Revel Horwoodand Bruno Tonioli.

The hour-long launch show will feature the Big Reveal as the celebrities find out who their professional partners are. There will also be a group dance by the celebs and the professional dancers giving viewers at home the chance to see who the early favourites are and who might need to put in a few extra hours of training.

This year’s “Strictly” will include the show’s biggest ever dancefloor and live programme from Wembley Arena, with an audience of around 6,500 “Strictly” fans, in aid of Children In Need. The programme will also return to Blackpool’s famous Tower Ballroom for the grand final for the first time since series two, which will be shown in dazzling 3D.

Fans can also get regular updates through Twitter, Facebook and the BBC’s official “Strictly” website. Throughout the series, viewers can get all the up-to-date gossip and dancing action over on BBC Two on the weekday sister show, “It Takes Two”, with new presenter Zoe Ball.

Dance Today
’s blog, Strictly speaking, will also soon be back in action!

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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