Gemma Atkinson, Alexandra Burke, Davood Ghadami, Joe McFadden and Debbie McGee join the fold.
The full line-up of dancers, hosts and judges for the Strictly Come Dancing Live UK Tour have been confirmed. The latest announcement welcomes actress and radio presenter Gemma Atkinson, singer Alexandra Burke, EastEnders’ Davood Ghadami, Holby City star Joe McFadden, and TV personality Debbie McGee.
They join the previously announced comedian Susan Calman and Double Paralympic Champion Jonnie Peacock to complete the list of celebrity dancers taking part in the live shows.
Host Ore Oduba will lead proceedings on the Strictly Come Dancing Live UK Tour next year, judged by Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Darcey Bussell.
2018 marks the first time Darcey Bussell will appear as a judge on the live tour, joining Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli at each show.
“Being on Strictly has been such a blast,” says Ghadami. “The training has been stricter than my gym regime, so am excited to keep it up on the road and can’t wait to perform in the huge arenas all over the country.”
Debbie McGee adds: “I don’t think I’ve ever been so fit in my life! This whole experience has been incredible and I can’t wait to get my dancing shoes back on for the 2018 tour.”
Each celebrity dancer will be paired with a professional partner, with the full line-up looking like this:
Gemma Atkinson & Aljaž Skorjanec
Alexandra Burke & Gorka Marquez
Susan Calman & Kevin Clifton
Davood Ghadami & Nadiya Bychkova
Joe McFadden & Katya Jones
Debbie McGee & Giovanni Pernice
Jonnie Peacock & Oti Mabuse
“Aljaž has really put me through my paces over the last few months, physically, mentally and creatively, so am thrilled we are being paired again for the Strictly tour,” Gemma Atkinson announces. “Come on the North!”
Alexandra Burke says of the opportunity: “I cannot wait to get out on tour and connect with all the Strictly fans in their home towns. This is an amazing opportunity to perform some of my favourite routines in all these huge arenas – what better way to start the new year!”
Completing the announcement, Joe McFadden adds: “I honestly didn’t think I’d make it past the first few weeks on Strictly, let alone get to go on the tour. It’s going to be a wonderful experience, which I’m really looking forward to – particularly dancing in my hometown of Glasgow.”
The Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour kicks off at the Arena Birmingham on the 19 January 2018. The live shows then run through to a huge event at London’s O2 on the 11 February.
Here are those UK dates:
19 – 21 January 2018 – Birmingham Arena, Birmingham
23 – 24 January 2018 – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
25 – 26 January 2018 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
27 – 28 January 2018 – Manchester Arena, Manchester
30 – 31 January 2018 – The SSE Arena, Belfast
2 – 4 February 2018 – SSE Hydro, Glasgow
6 – 7 February 2018 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
8 – 9 February 2018 – SSE Arena Wembley, London
10 – 11 February 2018 – The O2, London
Tickets for the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2018 are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.