Auntie Beeb has made a natural move to try to snare some of this summer’s Olympians but has ended up with just 2 of the London 2012 Olympics sports stars in the full line up. The show has signed up Olympic medal winners gymnast Louis Smith and cyclist Victoria Pendleton.
Louis Smith’s inclusion makes for an interesting bit of trivia as the man who won a silver in the pommel horse becomes the first celebrity who has previously appeared in the ordinary series of X Factor. Smith got as far as the 4th round of the series back in 2008 when he was considering singing as a future career.
Pendleton appearance in the show will come as no surprise as she was talking about wanted to be included in the dance show almost before she dismounted her bike.
As is usual with the dance show there are several stars included who are sure to appeal to the mums and dads who tune in every week in the hope of seeing some celebrity flesh flashed in the latin costumes.
Sure to appeal to the dads are Pendleton, the model and former Mrs Mick Jagger Jerry Hall, Girls Aloud’s Kimberley Walsh and tv presenters Denise Van Outen and Fern Britton.
Appealing to the mums are Smith, former Eastender Sid Owen, ex England cricket captain Michael Vaughan and Westlife singer Nicky Byrne.
The judge panel for the new series will be slightly different as, following Alesha Dixon’s departure, Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli are to be joined by former ballet star Darcey Bussell.
The full line up for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing is:
- Richard Arnold
- Johnny Ball
- Fern Britton
- Nicky Byrne
- Jerry Hall
- Dani Harmer
- Sid Owen
- Victoria Pendleton
- Lisa Riley
- Colin Salmon
- Louis Smith
- Denise Van Outen
- Michael Vaughan
- Kimberley Walsh
Although we now know who the celebrities are we do not yet know who their professional dance partners will be. All will be revealed on this Saturday’s opening programme which is shown on BBC1 at 6.30 pm.