Strictly Come Dancing: The 9 Stars your Awards Night is Missing
With this season of Strictly Come Dancing shimmying into our lives, I dove into our little book of contacts and found hosts, judges and even some of the dancers who could be the next hit at your event!
Slip on your heels and don your sparkly jacket as you picture these experts dazzling at your next awards night!
Since appearing on ‘Find me a Model’, Tess Daly is one of UK’s favourite TV personalities. Presenting SMTV alongside Brian Dowling, Tess also appeared on ‘Make Me a Supermodel’ and ‘The National Lottery: This Time Tomorrow’. It wasn’t until 2004 until Tess got the job that would change her life and make her a household name, she was picked to co-host BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing and she hasn’t looked back since. Appearing on our screens every Saturday and Sunday night alongside Bruce Forsyth and Claudia Winkleman. A fab choice to host an awards night!
Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated presenter, Claudia Winkleman combines mainstream appeal with her own brand of wit as the perfect host for any event, from large-scale awards to more boutique affairs. She has worked on various programmes including Fame Academy, Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two and The Great British Sewing Bee, and she hosted Sky's coverage of the Oscars. A household name and a favourite amongst UK families, she will delight at any event.
Bruno is most recognised for his role as judge on BBC's hit show Strictly Come Dancing, with his effervescent personality securing him as a household favourite. Starting his professional career as a dancer, Bruno came to London as a leading member of the Paris based company 'La Grande Eugene'; he then joined the 'Lyndsay Kemp Company'. Bruno landed the exciting role of judge on Strictly Come Dancing in 2004 which propelled him into the spotlight. A flamboyant addition to your awards night.
Known as 'the Queen of Latin', and now head judge on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, Shirley Ballas has been dancing since the age of 7. Shirley is 3 time ‘British Open to the World’ Latin American Champion, 10-time US-Latin American Champion, and multiple-times British National Champion! By 21, Shirley had won nearly every major title she competed in worldwide. Dancing her way into lives on Strictly Come Dancing, she will ensure you awards night is filled with wonderful anecdotes from a lifetime of grooving.
Mike Bushell is a sports presenter for the BBC. He presents sport on BBC Breakfast, BBC News Channel and BBC World News. With a unique style, Mike is best known for presenting the main sports bulletins of the day during which he has profiled and personally sampled nearly 400 different sports and activities.
“I’m flying the flag for dad dancers. It’s gonna be steep learning curve. I’m not underestimating the physical challenge”
A rising star in the comedy circuit after making his debut in Edinburgh in 2009, Chris undertook a 40-date tour supporting Al Murray around the UK in 2011 and since headlined his own tour to great acclaim. Chris toured all over the UK in 2015, and regularly pops up on various TV panel shows and plays Jack in BBC2's Hebburn. Now you can see him tackle the foxtrot and hear all about it at your event!
“You will not find me on the dance floor at parties, you will find me at the buffet table. All night. I’m looking forward to the possibility of making a fool of myself in front of millions of people… there better be a buffet after the live shows”
Alex Scott MBE is a former professional footballer and is well known as a highly-regarded pundit for BBC and Sky Sports, a regular on BBC’s Match of the Day, as well as fronting ambassadorial campaigns with Nike, Barclays and Cadbury’s. Changing her boots to kitten heels, she is now tackling this new challenge for the UK to watch.
“I stopped playing football over a year ago so getting back into training, that mental discipline, I’m excited about it. I’m excited to learning a different discipline”
James Cracknell is one of Britain’s most successful athletes of all time, with 2 Olympic Gold Medals and 6 World Championship titles. Since retiring from his 13-year international career, James has distinguished himself as a very special and inspiring sportsman, athlete and adventurer taking part in such quests as the South Pole Race and a boat to race across The Atlantic. His new quest is that of slightly less extremes, but by no means an easier feat, his stories make for some wonderful after-dinner entertainment.
“Having spent so many years mucking around in a rowing boat with big men in tight lycra, it’s time I learnt a new skill. I need to apologise to my kids in advance for the embarrassment”
At the age of 22, Anneka shot to fame in this country as the sky-runner in Channel 4's "Treasure Hunt" and firmly established her as Britain's Action Girl. During the 80s and 90s she was rarely off our TV screens. She went on to devise the award-winning "Challenge Anneka" for BBC 1, and recently returned to the public eye, playing her first drama role in the BBC drama "Absolute Power" with Stephen Fry and developed the "Challenge" programme for ABC in America with Erin Brockavich taking on her role.
“I have never danced in front of one member of my family or anyone who knows me. I haven’t danced since I was seven, since I was sacked from ballet because I looked like a big pudding, a rice pudding, that was my nickname”
Here is the starting line-up hitting your screen every week on the hit UK show, Strictly Come Dancing. All with fascinating pasts, brought together to take your lift your awards night to dazzling heights.
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