Star Studded Line Up On The Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2014
Abbey Clancy, Deborah Meaden, Susanna Reid And Nicky Byrne Complete Line-up
With just four tense weeks to go until the grand final on BBC One, the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2014 is delighted to announce that model and dancing sensation Abbey Clancy, Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden, BBC Breakfast presenter Susanna Reid and Westlife heartthrob Nicky Byrne will complete the 2014 celebrity line up. They will join former England Rugby World Cup winner Ben Cohen; Coronation Street’s Natalie Gumede; and actor and funny man Mark Benton on this much-loved tour.
Alongside the exciting celebrity line-up, Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli are back as the tour’s formidable judges. They will be on hand to give their expert feedback and all important scores to the celebrities and their dance partners. They will be joined by former Strictly favourite Lisa Riley, who returns to the glitterball dance floor as host of the 2014 tour.
On announcing her place on the tour, Susanna Reid said:
“Strictly is intense, absorbing, enormously demanding and endlessly enjoyable. I’m thrilled I’m going to be part of the tour, I’ll be making sure I’m on top form, to put on the best show possible for the wonderful arena audiences around the country.”
Nicky Byrne added:
“A Strictly experience is like no other and I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the show. After originally deciding to retire from competitive ballroom dancing and hang up my Cuban heels, I’ve decided to dust them off and give it one more shot to try and change Craig’s mind about my dancing and all in front of live arena audiences around the country! I’m excited and ready for the challenge – I think! It’s time to hit the dance floors once again.”
Each celebrity from the current series will be dancing with their fantastic on-screen professional dance partners. These pairings are: Mark and Iveta Lukosiute; Abbey and Alijaz Skorjanec; Ben and Kristina Rihanoff; Natalie and Artem Chigvintsev; Deborah and Robin Windsor; and Susanna will be dancing with Kevin Clifton. Nicky Byrne will be dancing with his series 10 partner Karen Hauer, and Natalie Lowe will also be joining the tour.
Strictly fans get to watch the celebrity dancing couples competing live for the TV judges’ votes and then get to vote themselves with their mobile phones. Arena audiences will experience Strictly’s glitz, glamour and breathtaking choreography, courtesy of judge Craig Revel Horwood, who is directing the live show for the fourth year running.
The tour has received rave reviews in the national newspapers since it began – the Mail on Sunday awarded the 2013 tour a 4 Star review and the Daily Telegraph said: “The glitzy occasion still sparkles… It was Fab-u-lous”. The Sunday Express have previously said of the tour: “7000 of us raised the roof. Does it get much better? Not often.”
JANUARY 2013 – MAIL ON SUNDAY – 4 STARS
“Pure Strictly magic, and as good as it gets.”
JANUARY 2013 – DAILY TELEGRAPH – 4 STARS
“Faultlessly slick live”
JANUARY 2011 – SUNDAY EXPRESS – 5 STARS
“Dazzling, colourful and tuneful and full of big-hearted dancing”
JANUARY 2011 – DAILY MAIL
“Tonight’s show was a sell-out…The Strictly phenomenon is extraordinary”
JANUARY 2011 – DAILY EXPRESS
“No one leaves without a smile on their face”