Dancefloor delight as Strictly tour heads back to Leeds

Strictly Come Dancing's 2014 champion Caroline Flack with professional partner Pasha Kovalev.
Strictly Come Dancing's 2014 champion Caroline Flack with professional partner Pasha Kovalev.
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The Strictly Come Dancing live tour is waltzing its way back to Leeds, it was announced today.

Series judges Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli will be bringing the stage version of their hugely-popular TV show to the city’s First Direct Arena on January 28 and 29 next year.

Tickets for the two evening dates go on general sale at 9am next Monday, September 28.

Head judge Len said: “It’s going to be great to be back on the tour watching some of the best dancers from the TV series out on the road.

“I can’t wait to find out who will be joining Craig, Bruno and myself – it’s going to be a lot of fun!

“We’ll be pulling out all the stops, with a terrific line-up of celebs and their dance partners.”

The Strictly live tour proved a big hit on its last visit to Leeds, in January this year.

News of its return comes ahead of the start of the latest series of the BBC One show this Friday night.

Celebrities taking part in the series include Peter Andre, Jamelia, Jeremy Vine and Kirsty Gallacher.

And today Jeremy revealed how he was was left blushing after accidentally touching Kirsty’s breast during rehearsals.

The Radio 2 DJ is the new Strictly diarist for the Radio Times and in his debut column for the magazine recalled his awkward encounter with the TV presenter while rehearsing the first group dance.

Vine revealed: “At one point my left hand flew out and landed on Kirsty Gallacher’s right breast, like that moment with the Australian woman in Fawlty Towers.

“She gasped and I apologised. We’ve put it behind us.”

Meanwhile, fellow contestant Kellie Bright named and shamed her EastEnders co-star Danny Dyer as being a closet fake tan user.

The 39-year-old actress, who plays Queen Vic landlady Linda Carter in the BBC show, revealed soap bosses had told her not to have a spray tan for the dance competition as it would interfere with filming continuity.

But she said Dyer, who plays her on-screen husband Mick Carter, secretly wears it anyway.

Bright said of having a professional spray tan: “The EastEnders producers told me I couldn’t, but Danny Dyer puts fake tan on every day!

“Sometimes he goes too far, so I’ll just match his mahogany head.”

The full interview with this year’s Strictly contestants appears in this week’s Radio Times, on sale now.