Strictly Come Dancing: Olympic champion Adam Peaty joins 2021 line-up


Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty will swap the pool for the dance flooring after being named on the line-up for this yr’s Strictly Come Dancing.

The 26-year-old will hope to comply with the 2 gold medals he gained on the latest Tokyo Olympics with Strictly’s coveted glitterball trophy.

“I am not essentially the most fluid on land,” he admitted to BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat.

“However, saying that, I’m an athlete. I’m used to working laborious. Onerous work is in my blood.”

Additionally on Friday, comic and Unfastened Ladies panellist Judi Love grew to become the penultimate superstar to be introduced out of the 15 who will participate when the BBC present returns subsequent month.

Adam Peaty in Tokyo


Peaty is contemporary from successful the 100m breaststroke in Tokyo, changing into the primary British swimmer to defend an Olympic title. He additionally scooped gold within the combined 4x100m medley relay and silver within the 4x100m medley relay.

“It’ll give me a brand new lease – simply the best way I have a look at swimming and have a look at coaching,” he instructed Newsbeat about becoming a member of Strictly. “If I take an excessive amount of day out of bodily coaching, I get fats, I get large, I put an excessive amount of muscle on.

“Whereas Strictly goes to maintain me match, it’ll be a change of stimulus, I’ll do stuff I’ve by no means achieved earlier than and hopefully have plenty of enjoyable.”

He added: “I’ve swam for seven years and I’ve gone by the fixed cycle of championship, return to coaching, return to the drafting board, one other championship and one other championship, however I’ve by no means really been uncomfortable.”

The nineteenth sequence of Strictly is anticipated to be the conventional size after being barely shorter in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic.

Bruno Tonioli will probably be absent from the judges’ desk this yr, changed by long-serving skilled dancer Anton Du Beke. 4 new professionals have additionally been revealed.

Listed here are the opposite 2021 superstar contestants up to now:

Judi Love

Judi Love

Judi Love is a TV presenter, humorist, on-line comedy star and OK! journal columnist.

She mentioned she had watched Strictly for years and “admired the exceptional talents of those dancers and celebrities which have taken half and devoted themselves to studying a brand new craft”.

She added: “I am really wanting ahead to pushing myself in one thing that I may have solely dreamed of doing and now it is really coming true!! I can not lie I am soooo nervous however excited on the similar time.”

Rose Ayling-Ellis

Rose Ayling-Ellis

The EastEnders actress, who has performed Frankie Lewis within the BBC cleaning soap since 2020, is ready to turn out to be Strictly’s first deaf dancer.

“To be the primary deaf contestant on Strictly Come Dancing is so thrilling and a bit of bit scary,” she mentioned in an announcement. “I hope I’ll do the deaf neighborhood proud and break down extra limitations.

“However I’m additionally very excited to be taught an unbelievable new ability, and even higher I get to be taught while carrying stunning clothes made particularly for me!”

Ayling-Ellis, who communicates utilizing British Signal Language, made historical past by changing into the primary deaf actor to play a deaf character in EastEnders’ fictional Walford suburb.

Nina Wadia

Nina Wadia

Former EastEnders and Goodness Gracious Me actress Wadia admitted she was “so scared” when her title was added to the line-up.

“I like dancing like no-one’s watching,” she instructed ITV’s Lorraine after she was revealed. “So we simply have to blindfold the judges and I’ll win,” she joked.

Wadia performed Zainab Masood (later Khan) in EastEnders between 2007 and 2013 and can be recognized for her function in BBC comedy Nonetheless Open All Hours.

“Lots has occurred within the final couple of years, and I simply wish to seize life by the balls and revel in it,” she mentioned.

Tilly Ramsay

Tilly Ramsay

The 19-year-old has greater than 9.5 million followers on TikTok and is understood for presenting CBBC’s Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch, which options her household – together with her father, chef Gordon.

She mentioned she “cannot wait to get my dancing footwear on and present my dad the way it’s achieved”.

He wished her properly in a video when she was introduced as a contestant on ITV’s This Morning, signing off with the warning: “Do not date these dancers.”

Requested if she thought she had a bonus by posting dance movies on social media, Ramsay replied: “Yeah, I suppose that is true. You have to be taught them and you have to bear in mind them for the video, however fortunately that is not dwell and you are able to do as many takes as you want.”

Greg Smart

Greg Wise

The actor rose to fame by taking part in John Willoughby within the 1995 movie Sense and Sensibility, on which he met his future spouse Dame Emma Thompson.

Smart additionally appeared in Cranford, performed Lord Mountbatten in The Crown, and created the 2019 movie Final Christmas with Dame Emma, whom he married in 2003.

He devoted his Strictly look to his late sister Clare, with whom he wrote the ebook Not That Form of Love.

“My stunning sister was an enormous disco queen,” he mentioned. “She left our world nearly precisely 5 years in the past in a glitter ball coffin. That is for her.”

Dan Walker

Dan Walker

Dan Walker has been a daily presenter of BBC Breakfast since 2016, when he changed Invoice Turnbull.

He mentioned on Tuesday he was “excited, a bit of bit fearful, principally terrified” about becoming a member of Strictly.

Eager sports activities fan Walker offered BBC Olympic Breakfast all through this yr’s video games. He additionally hosted Soccer Focus for 12 years and has lined many main occasions, together with Wimbledon, the Grand Nationwide and Royal Ascot.

Different presenting roles have included The One Present and Songs of Reward.

He added: “My youngsters have solely ever requested me to go on two reveals… Saturday Mash Up and Strictly. I did Saturday Mash Up this summer time so… it is time to embrace the sequins.”

Katie McGlynn

Katie McGlynn

Katie McGlynn in the meantime mentioned she was preparing “to shake my shimmy”.

“I am actually not a dancer, however I am so excited to be taught a brand new ability on this loopy journey and can’t wait to slide into some sequins alongside the best way,” she mentioned.

The actress, who performs newcomer Becky Quentin in Hollyoaks, previously starred as Sinead Tinker in Coronation Road. The function earned her a Bafta nomination and a Nationwide Tv Award in 2020. She additionally featured within the BBC One drama sequence Waterloo Street and The Syndicate.

“Numerous my roles have concerned fairly critical and difficult storylines, so I am totally able to let my hair down and do one thing completely different, even whether it is utterly exterior of my consolation zone,” she added.

Sara Davies

Sara Davies

Sara Davies, 37, grew to become the youngest ever dragon on the BBC show’s panel of entrepreneurs when she joined in 2019.

Often known as the Den’s “Crafting Queen”, Davies began her enterprise Crafter’s Companion when she was nonetheless a scholar. It now employs almost 250 folks.

The County Durham-born entrepreneur mentioned her “mam and pa are going to be so excited” about her becoming a member of Strictly.

“I am actually nervous as a result of up to now the producers hold asking me if I can dance. Reality be instructed – I have never received a clue! I’ve not danced since I did ballet classes once I was little.”

She added: “The enterprise world has taught me that tenacity, drive and willpower ship outcomes, I hope that I can carry that to the dance flooring. And I am excited to see the influence of all these hours of coaching on my mum tum!”

Tom Fletcher

Tom Fletcher

The singer and guitarist, who scored seven UK primary singles with McFly between 2004 and 2007, is taking to the dance flooring precisely a decade after his bandmate Harry Judd lifted the coveted glitterball trophy.

Fletcher has additionally carved out a profitable sideline as a kids’s creator, and his household may do a novel actuality TV double after spouse Giovanna gained I am A Movie star… Get Me Out Of Right here! final yr.

He mentioned he was “extremely excited” but in addition “completely terrified” to do Strictly. “My youngsters had been excited too till I began exhibiting them my greatest dad-dancing within the kitchen,” he mentioned. “I am undecided how far they’re going to get me within the competitors however I can not wait so as to add some new strikes to my embarrassing dad-dancing repertoire.”

AJ Odudu

AJ Odudu

The Blackburn-born presenter rose to fame internet hosting Huge Brother’s Bit on the Facet in 2013, and has since appeared on reveals like The Voice UK and Trending Dwell!.

In September, she is going to co-present a one-off revival of Channel 4’s The Huge Breakfast alongside comic Mo Gilligan.

She mentioned she was “past satisfied” to be on Strictly. “I completely love the present and am totally dedicated to benefiting from each second of the Strictly expertise,” she mentioned. “Carry it on!”

Robert Webb

Robert Webb

The comedian actor is best-known for his double act with David Mitchell in TV reveals like Peep Present, That Mitchell and Webb Look and Again. Like Fletcher, he has additionally turn out to be an creator.

And Webb has type on the dance flooring – he gained Let’s Dance For Comedian Aid in 2009.

“It is a large, beneficiant, joyful present and I can not wait to get packed right into a spandex onesie and fired from a glitter cannon straight at Claudia Winkleman,” he mentioned.

Rhys Stephenson

Rhys Stephenson

Actor and kids’s TV presenter Stephenson is greatest generally known as the face of kids’s tv channel CBBC, which he hosts dwell from the channel’s Salford HQ.

He has offered such CBBC reveals as Blue Peter and Saturday Mash-Up! and is an envoy for youngsters’s psychological well being charity Place2Be.

“I can not wait to expertise all of it: the costumes, the orchestra, even Craig’s glare,” he mentioned of his participation in Strictly. “I’m prepared!”

The actor and kids’s TV presenter added he was already “impatient to participate” after being unveiled on Friday morning’s Newsround information bulletin.

“I’ve dreamt about being on this present, and I do know for a reality it’ll exceed each expectation,” he mentioned.

John Whaite

John Whaite

Whaite is a chef, TV presenter and cookery creator. He gained the third sequence of The Nice British Bake Off in 2012 on the age of 23.

Since then he has offered TV reveals and has a cooking section on Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4.

He has additionally printed 5 cookery books and runs his personal cookery college, John Whaite’s Kitchen.

“I am so grateful, excited, and nervous to be becoming a member of the Strictly 2021 household,” he mentioned. “I have been carrying sequins and jazzy apparel since I used to be three years previous and may’t wait to hurl myself, full throttle, round essentially the most glamorous dance flooring on Earth.”

Whaite will probably be a part of the present’s first all-male partnership. He’ll comply with within the footsteps of boxer Nicola Adams, who was the first celebrity to have a same-sex associate final yr.

The 2012 Bake Off winner described his partnership as “an excellent step ahead in illustration and inclusion”.

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