Posted on August 15, 2011
Grab your scorecards and dust off your dancing shoes, “Strictly Come Dancing” is back soon. The ninth series is set to put the sparkle back into Saturday nights on BBC One.
On November 9, “Strictly” will be broadcast live from Wembley Arena, the biggest dancefloor in the programme’s history with the biggest ever live audience of around 6,500 “Strictly” fans, in aid of Children in Need. The tickets for this programme will cost £20 with all revenue received by the BBC going to Children in Need. Details on how you can apply for tickets for this special episode of the programme will be announced soon on the BBC website.
Host, new knighted Sir Bruce Forsyth, said: “I’m delighted that we will be going to Wembley for this year’s ‘Strictly’. When I first got the call I thought it was to play football! I’ve always said our live audiences should be bigger and you can’t get bigger than Wembley.”
This year’s “Strictly Come Dancing” final will be broadcast live from Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom on December 17, and shown for the first time ever in 3D. The free-to-air broadcast of the final in 3D will be available to anyone who has access to a 3D TV set and to HD channels.
Bruce Forsyth continued: “I’m a bit doubtful of being in 3D because I’ve never been in 3D before. I hope my chin doesn’t knock people off their sofas at home.”
The female professionals in series nine will be Erin Boag, Flavia Cacace, Ola Jordan, Natalie Lowe, Kristina Rihanoff, Aliona Vilani and Katya Virshilas. They will be joined by male dancers Artem Chigvintsev, Brendan Cole, Anton Du Beke, James Jordan, Vincent Simone and Robin Windsor, plus one new dancer, Latin specialist Pasha Kovalev (who will feature in the October issue of Dance Today).
Executive producer Moira Ross said: “I’m delighted to welcome back our ‘Strictly’ professionals and really excited about introducing new dancer Pasha to our audiences. We’ve some exciting treats in store for series nine.”
Presenter and 2005 contestant Zoe Ball will present BBC Two’s “Strictly” spin-off show “It Takes Two” this year, replacing Claudia Winkleman who has recently given birth to a baby boy.
Moira Ross said: “Zoe is a fantastic presenter and I’m delighted that she is joining It Takes Two. With her first-hand experience of the series, she’s the perfect person to give viewers all the insider knowledge, gossip and news from this year’s show.”
Words: Laura Dodge
Photograph © BBC