BBC’s New Celebrity Gymnastics Show Tumble – the BBC has today announced the line-up for Tumble, its new Saturday night celebrity gymnastics show.
Amongst those competing in the new sports show are former Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding, TOWIE’s Lucy Mecklenburgh, boxer Carl Froch, the current WBA unified world super middleweight champion and Loose Women’s Andrea McLean.
The selection of reality show stars, music stars and sports stars as well as tv presenters looks like the producers have tried hard to ensure there is interest for the whole family in the new Saturday night prime-time show.
There are also some names from the past involved including the original early morning fitness champ Mr Motivator (Derrick Evans), Dynasty’s Emma Samms and singer Ian “H’ Watkins from Steps.
Completing the show’s line-up are John Partridge from Eastenders, Bobby Lockwood from Wolfblood and singer Amelle Berrabah from Sugababes.
Lucy Mecklenburgh said of her inclusion in Tumble: ‘I’m scared, nervous and more excited than I can describe about Tumble! To have the opportunity to learn a new skill is a dream come true for me. Although I’m sure I’ll be falling over a lot before then!’
As well as the 10 celebrities there is also an impressive judging panel which is headed by former Olympic champion Nadia Comaneci who in 1976 became the first female gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 points for her routine. as you can see from this recent photo of Nadia she has certainly grown up since she first appeared as a 14-year old back in 1976. Joining the Romanian born Olympic champion on the judging panel are former Olympic bronze medal winner and Strictly Come Dancing champion Louis Smith as well as Craig Heap and Sebastien Stella who bring gymnastics experience and circus skills to the panel.
Each week the celebrities will be taught a new gymnastics routine by an experienced professional gymnast and will have to perform live in front of the nation.
The show is to be presented by The One Show host Alex Jones and promises to be a cross between Strictly Come Dancing and Splash! but instead of sequins and swimsuits we can expect plenty of leotards and lycra.
Tumble is receiving technical assistance from British Gymnastics whose CEO said of the show: ‘This is an exciting opportunity for our sport that will enable people to view gymnastics in a whole new entertainment light. It’s been rewarding for British Gymnastics to work with the BBC in providing technical support and we’re all looking forward to seeing the star cast enjoy the challenges of our sport.’
The celebrities are to begin their training in the next week or so and the first television show is to air later this summer although the BBC have not yet confirmed any exact dates.