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Strictly Come Dancing Live: First three celebrities announced for SSE Arena Belfast show

The first three celebrities who will be joining 2023’s Strictly Come Dancing Live UK tour in Belfast have been announced.

Actor Will Mellor, Paralympic swimming champion and broadcaster Ellie Simmonds and Kiss FM radio host, TV presenter and DJ Tyler West will be foxtrotting their way across the country for 31 sparkle-filled shows kicking off in January.

They will be joined on tour by Strictly TV judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Anton Du Beke, who is appearing on the arena tour for the first time.

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The tour will Cha Cha into the SSE Arena Belfast on February 7 and 8 2022.

Speaking about the upcoming tour, Will Mellor said: Strictly has been one of the most memorable and emotional journeys I’ve ever been on! Stepping out of my comfort zone and being a part of this massive show is something I’ll never forget.

"I can’t wait to put on my dancing shoes and go around the country to perform on huge stages in front of thousands of people who have watched and supported us. Bring on the tour!!”

Ellie Simmonds added: “Strictly was a such an incredible life-changing and emotional experience for me - it gave me a huge confidence boost and the feeling that anything is possible! So to be able to continue my journey on the tour next year is going to be amazing. I can't wait!"

Will Mellor, Ellie Simmonds and Tyler West (BBC)

Tyler West, whose time on the TV series came to an end at the weekend following a nail-biting dance-off, said: “I never realised how much dance would change my life but I can’t express how much I’ve loved it and fully embraced this opportunity to learn to dance with the best dance partner anyone could ask for in Dianne!

"I am so happy my Strictly journey isn't over quite yet and I can’t wait to relive some of our favourite dances and live like a pop-star on tour performing for audiences each night! I am buzzing to get on the road with the gang.”

The Strictly Live Tour showcases breathtaking choreography, stunning costumes and fantastic live music synonymous with BBC One’s long-running and cherished Strictly Come Dancing TV show –which is currently on our screens, with the final due to take place in December.

Fans in Northern Ireland can experience everything they love about the TV show live on stage, getting the chance to not only watch the spectacular stars in action as they perform roof-raising routines, but also the power to decide who wins the Glitterball Trophy at the end of each show.

Each performance of the tour will host a British Sign Language interpreter, who will be displayed on two very large screens on either side of the stage so that attendees can book tickets and sit almost anywhere in the arena to enjoy the experience with family and friends.


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