STRICTLY Come Dancing fans are gearing up for the 17th series, and they've now seen the new batch of celebrity contestants at the series' launch night on Monday, August 26, 2019. However unfortunately we won't get to see the glitzy affair until September 7. Here's more about the stars who are hoping to waltz their way to the top and get their hands on the glitterball trophy... What is the confirmed line-up so far for Strictly 2019? Strictly bosses have revealed the full line-up for the 2019 series. And judging by the reaction on Twitter, fans are now even more excited for the series to start. Here's who we know for certain is taking part. Anneka Rice Anneka is a TV legend whose former hit show, Challenge Anneka, aired 30 years ago on the BBC. And while producers had missed out on the opportunity to sign the 60-year-old in 2018, it was confirmed to be a done deal on Steve Wright In The Afternoon on BBC Radio 2. She launched Challenge Anneka in 1989. It ran for five years before … [Read more...] about Strictly Come Dancing 2019 line-up: CONFIRMED cast in full
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Jill Halfpenny: How Strictly Come Dancing changed my life BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Jill Halfpenny says she got “frightened” after her Strictly Come Dancing win. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/film-tv/news/jill-halfpenny-how-strictly-come-dancing-changed-my-life-38290966.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/film-tv/news/article38290964.ece/d0878/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_48f92e94-1aff-4299-8d0e-474e8bf5aad5_1 Email Jill Halfpenny says she got “frightened” after her Strictly Come Dancing win. The actress and former soap star, 43, triumphed in the second series of the ballroom dancing show with partner Darren Bennett. She told The Big Issue: “The experience of winning Strictly Come Dancing was mad. When I started it I was ‘Kate from EastEnders’ but by the end people knew my name…. “But I got frightened by it. I do this thing where I go into my shell a bit. I would tell myself to enjoy it and be … [Read more...] about Jill Halfpenny: How Strictly Come Dancing changed my life
WHETHER it's Strictly, cooking shows or music festivals, there aren't many BBC shows Claudia Winkleman isn't involved in. The well-loved TV host is one of the BBC's highest-earning female stars. Here's what we know about the star famous for her fringe... Who is Claudia Winkleman and who are her parents? Claudia, 47, was born in London on January 15, 1972, and is the daughter of former Sunday Express editor Eve Pollard. Her father Barry was the former publisher of the Times Atlas Of The world. Claudia's parents split when she was three and both remarried in 1979. Her mum Eve married former editor of the Daily Express Sir Nicholas Lloyd and her dad Barry wed children's author Cindy Black. How did Claudia break into TV? Her first major TV gig was on regional discussion programme Central Weekend in 1991. In 1992 she landed a role on BBC series Holiday which continued throughout the 90s. She also interviewed celebs on This Morning and presented a few game shows including dating show … [Read more...] about How old is Claudia Winkleman, what’s the Strictly Come Dancing host’s salary and who is her husband Kris Thykier?
STRICTLY Come Dancing bosses are worried Michael Jackson’s tunes will now be more chiller than Thriller. I have learned bosses are pulling the music icon’s back catalogue from the next series — the first primetime show to take action following the sex-abuse allegations in this week’s Leaving Neverland TV documentary. Until now, MJ’s songs had featured regularly across the 16 seasons, with former England cricketer Graeme Swann and partner Oti Mabuse performing the cha-cha-cha to 1983 hit Thriller on the most recent series. But show chiefs don’t want to gamble with the huge viewing figures after it smashed ratings with last series’ grand final pulling in almost 13million. A source said: “Strictly is one of the BBC’s best-performing shows and one of the reasons for that is it’s a family show. "In light of the recent allegations there is concern viewers might be deterred by any reference to Michael Jackson, which has caused a lot … [Read more...] about BBC to ban Michael Jackson music from Strictly Come Dancing after Leaving Neverland paedophile documentary
STRICTLY Come Dancing stalwart Pasha Kovalev handed in his notice this week — a move that has put the willies up some of his former colleagues. Professionals on the hit BBC1 series are now panicking that new executive producer Sarah James — who took over from Louise Rainbow after six series at the helm — will cull a couple more stars. Fearing she wants to put her own stamp on Strictly, they face an anxious two-week wait to find out who is in and who is out. Those in the mix include Katya Jones , who had a busy series last year for the wrong reasons, after kissing dance partner Seann Walsh on a night out. Gorka Marquez and Karen Clifton could also be looking over their shoulders and even Anton Du Beke, who has featured on the show since day one, fears getting the chop. The pros will each learn their fate over the phone on Tuesday, February 26. Talk of a cull comes a year after Brendan Cole revealed on ITV’s Lorraine how he was axed out of the … [Read more...] about Strictly Come Dancing professionals Anton Du Beke, Katya Jones and Gorka Marquez fear they’ll be sacked by new boss