Strictly's Kevin Fletcher will dance with new partner at Leeds Arena live tour

Strictly Come Dancing front-runner Kevin Fletcher will dance with a new partner during the show's live tour next year, it has been announced.

Tuesday, 3rd December 2019, 5:00 pm
Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse. Fletcher will dance with Janette Manrara when he embarks on the show's live tour next year (Photo: Dave Nelson/PA Wire)

The former Emmerdale star has been competing on the BBC series with professional dancer Oti Mabuse, but she will not be joining him for the live performances in the new year.

Fletcher will instead dance with Janette Manrara during the tour, which comes to Leeds First Direct Arena on on Friday, January 24.

Manrara competed in the 2019 series of Strictly with Paralympic champion Will Bayley, who was forced to quit the show early after he was injured during rehearsals.

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The tour will also visit Birmingham, Aberdeen, Manchester, Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow and Nottingham, finishing with three nights at London's O2 Arena from February 7 to 9.

Oti Mabuse is a dance captain on the BBC series The Greatest Dancer, alongside Cheryl, Matthew Morrison and new addition Todrick Hall, and the show will return to screens in early 2020.

Meanwhile, EastEnders actress Emma Barton, who has been partnered with Anton Du Beke, will dance with Graziano Di Prima on the tour.

Di Prima was not paired with a celebrity partner in the most recent series.

YouTube star Saffron Barker will reunite with AJ Pritchard and BBC Breakfast's Mike Bushell will team up with Katya Jones again.

Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley will return to the dancefloor with Johannes Radebe and footballer Alex Scott will dance again with Neil Jones, after they were axed from the show at the weekend.

CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual will dance with his partner Amy Dowden, after the duo scored a perfect 40 points for their jive on Saturday.

The tour will be hosted by last year's winner, Stacey Dooley, while judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli will oversee proceedings.

Professional dancers Luba Mushtuk, Karen Hauer, Dianne Buswell, Joshua Keefe, Jake Leigh and Robbie Kmetoni will also be performing and the tour will feature music from the Strictly singers and the Strictly live band.

Tickets for the Strictly Come Dancing Tour at Leeds First Direct Arena are on sale now.