Call the Midwife actress Helen George and The Wanted’s Jay McGuiness are confirmed to compete in the 2016 Strictly Come Dancing UK tour, together with EastEnders actor Jake Wood who starred in the 2014 TV series.
This completes the line-up for the tour, which stops off at Sheffield Arena for two nights on Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th January 2016.
Jay, Helen and Jake join Frankie Bridge from The Saturdays, actress Georgia May Foote from Coronation Street, Celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott and TV presenter Anita Rani. They will be joining the 2016 tour host Mel Giedroyc, together with judges Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood (who also directs the tour) and Bruno Tonioli for the live extravaganza.
The professional dancers from this year’s ratings winning BBC One TV series are also now announced and the pairings are:
Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton
Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice
Helen George and Aljaz Skorjanec
Ainsley Harriott and Natalie Lowe
Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani
Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko
Jake Wood and Janette Manrara
Karen Clifton will also join the tour for the professional dances and group numbers.
Helen George is best known for her role of Nurse Trixie Franklin in the multi award winning and hit BBC series Call the Midwife. She has also received critical acclaim for her varied stage credits in productions such as The Woman in White; High School Musical, and also appeared in Paul W S Anderson's feature film The Three Musketeers.
Helen says: “I had a brilliant time on Strictly, so I’m very excited to continue my journey and have the chance to show off some of my favourite dances to audiences on the UK Tour. I’m sure that it’ll be amazing to dance in front of huge arena audiences with Aljaz! I’m very much looking forward to the audience helping me feel at home on the dance floor each night!”
Jay McGuiness is one fifth of the globally successful band, The Wanted. Since their 2010 debut album was released, they have enjoyed huge success all over the world, including two number one singles in the UK with All Time Low and Glad You Came.
Jay says: “I’m used to performing in front of massive crowds when touring with The Wanted, but performing with Aliona on the Strictly Live Tour will be a totally different experience. I’m loving my time on the TV series, but the idea of being back out in front of live arena audiences is something I’m very much looking forward to.”
Jake Wood has been a part of some of the most memorable storylines on EastEnders for the past decade, performing the role of Max Branning. He impressed the judges and TV audiences alike with his slick dance moves on last year’s BBC One series of Strictly Come Dancing, and now he has the chance to show off his skills to arena audiences on the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2016.
Jake says: "I really enjoyed my time on Strictly last year but couldn't do the tour due to EastEnders’ filming commitments, so it's great to get the chance to throw myself into the whole experience again as part of the 2016 Strictly tour. I'm so pleased that Frankie is doing the tour as well so we can enjoy reliving it all again together and I’m very happy that I’m being reunited with Janette. I can't wait to relive some of my favourite dances in arenas across the country!"
Tickets for the 2016 Strictly Come Dancing Live UK Tour, which stops off at Sheffield Arena on Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th January 2016 are now on sale.
Tickets purchased by telephone on 0114 256 5656 or online at www.sheffieldarena.co.uk are priced £38.50 - £71.50 (including booking fee). Tickets purchased in person at the Arena Box Office are priced £36.75 - £68.25 (including booking fee).