Former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, sports presenter Ore Oduba and actress Lesley Joseph join the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour.
He hinted at it after departing the TV show over the weekend, but the now beloved Ed Balls has been confirmed as part of the forthcoming 10th anniversary Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour, alongside Ore Oduba and Lesley Joseph.
They join the previously confirmed Louise Redknapp, Danny Mac and Daisy Lowe, as well as host (and last year’s contestant) Anita Rani and TV judges Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and one-time Strictly champ Karen Hardy.
“My time on Strictly has been incredible,” Balls announced. “I’ve been overwhelmed by the huge support I’ve had from the public voting for me. Going on tour is going to be another first for me and I plan to give it everything I’ve got for the audiences across the country.”
Ore Oduba, BBC Sports presenter adds: “Taking part in Strictly has surpassed my wildest dreams. So much so it’s difficult to imagine life without it! The live tour means I don’t have to wake up from this dream. I can’t wait to travel the country with my friends and meet the fantastic audience that made our whole experience possible.”
Lesley Joseph, known for playing Dorian Green in Birds Of A Feather, exited the series in week five. “This has been a very special Strictly series and I am very proud to have been part of it,” she says. “But now I can’t wait for the tour. I’m getting ready to put my dancing shoes back on and hit the dance floor again!”
The tour kicks off on 20 January at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham. Here’s the full list of dates:
20 January – Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
21 January – Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
22 January – Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
24 January – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
25 January – Arena, Sheffield
26 January – Arena, Sheffield
27 January – The SSE Hyrdo, Glasgow
28 January – The SSE Hyrdo, Glasgow
29 January – The SSE Hyrdo, Glasgow
31 January – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
1 February – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
2 February – First Direct Arena, Leeds
3 February – First Direct Arena, Leeds
4 February – Arena, Manchester
5 February – Arena, Manchester
7 February – Echo Arena, Liverpool
8 February – Echo Arena, Liverpool
9 February – The SSE Arena, Wembley, London
10 February – The SSE Arena, Wembley, London
11 February – The O2, London
12 February – The O2, London
Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.
Here’s some sparkly images of the latest additions: