Strictly Come Dancing 'fix row' as nine contestants reveal dancing history

By Tilly Pearce

Strictly Come Dancing has been plunged into a 'fix ow' after nine of this year's celebrity contestants have been found to have previous dance training.

The series kicks off next weekend with the stars taking to the floor for the first time.

However, almost two thirds of the famous line-up have had some training before.

McFly's Tom Fletcher went to school at the acclaimed Sylvia Young Theatre School, while Great British Bake Off star John Whaite started learning to dance at the age of five.

“Between 10 and 14 I did ballet, modern, and tap,” he told Daily Star .

Strictly Come Dancing's class of 2021 hit the dancefloor next Saturday (BBC)

But he added: “So I may have a few dancing bones in my body but I'm not necessarily very good rhythmically."

Coronation Street star Katie McGlynn previously appeared on The Greatest Dancer for Sport Relief in 2019, and Robert Webb won Let’s Dance for Sport Relief in back in 2009, recreating a scene from the musical Flashdance.

EastEnders actress and Goodness Gracious Me star Nina Wadia admitted she had trained to dance when she was a little girl.

Tom looks very Saturday Night Fever as he poses for his official shot (BBC/Ray Burmiston)
Olympian Adam Peaty is trading in his swimming trunks for some glitter and sequins this Autumn (BBC/Ray Burmiston)

“I did some Indian dance training called Bharatanatyam from ages four to nine, then when we moved to Hong Kong from 11 to 16 I did tap dancing,” she revealed.

Tilly Ramsay and Eastenders’ Rose Ayling-Ellis also went to ballet school as children.

Finally, Ugo Monye was put through his paces by Diversity’s Ashley Banjo in The Real Full Monty, and CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson has had street dance lessons.

As a result, only a handful of this year’s stars are going into the show as complete novices: BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker, Loose Women’s Judi Love, Olympian Adam Peaty, Dragons’ Den star Sara Davies, actor Greg Wise, and AJ Odudu.

Greg Wise is one of the few stars without a dancing past (BBC/Ray Burmiston)
Nina Wadia has been learning dance since she was a child (BBC/Ray Burmiston)

This year’s series kicks off next Saturday, where the celebs and their professional dance partners will be revealed for the first time.

They will then perform their first group routine, officially marking the start of the competition.

Musician Tom has already revealed that he has been suffering in the name of dance - sharing photos of his battered and bruised feet as a result of his efforts.

Despite his injuries, Tom has found joy in treating himself to the obligatory Strictly tan, though his first trip to the booth resulted in him getting a ticking off.

Cheeky Tom took to Instagram to share a photo of him and Adam taking on their first tan - and covered up Adam’s crotch with his hand to make it appear like it was naked.

The pic was flagged and removed from the social media site for breaching their ‘sexual activity’ rules’.

In defiance Adam reuploaded the picture onto Twitter for all fans to see.

Strictly Come Dancing starts Saturday 18 September at 7.45pm on BBC One.

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