Strictly line up 2021: Meet the contestants
Die 2021 cast of Kom streng dans has been announced ahead of the show’s return this autumn.
The dance competition will return to BBC One on 18 September with a full-length series, having aired for a shorter run of episodes last year due to the pandemic. Fifteen couples will take part, rather than last year’s 12.
Egter, the show won’t travel to Blackpool for the second consecutive year, as social distancing is not possible in the backstage area.
Here’s every celebrity competing on the show this year…
Fletcher is not the first McFly member to take part in Streng, with drummer Harry Judd having won the show 10 years ago with Aliona Vilani. His wife, Giovanna, won the most recent series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.
“I think the fact that I’m actually going to be dancing on Streng this year has only just started to sink in while I’m writing this!” the 36-year-old wrote, describing how he was “excited” but “terrified” to take part.
“My kids were excited too until I started showing them my best dad-dancing in the kitchen. I’m not sure how far they’ll get me in the competition but I can’t wait to add some new moves to my embarrassing dad-dancing repertoire.”
Actor and comedian Robert Webb is the next celebrity to take part in Streng 2021.
Best known for his roles in sitcoms Peep Show en Back, the Bafta winner also took part in and won Let’s Dance for Comic Relief in 2009 while performing to “What a Feeling” from Flashdance.
Speaking about joining Streng, Webb, 48, joked that he couldn’t wait to “get packed into a spandex onesie and fired from a glitter cannon directly at Claudia Winkleman”.
“My goal is to try and survive from week to week without causing serious injury to myself or innocent bystanders. I know it’s going to be a challenge. To do well in this competition is a test of character, although mainly it’s a test of dancing.”
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AJ Odudu is a TV presenter who previously co-hosted Big Brother's Bit aan die kant and has appeared on shows such as Richard Osman's House of Games, Celebrity Karaoke Club en Celebrity SAS: Wie waag wen.
She currently presents Apocalypse Wow on ITV2.
“I am beyond chuffed that I am going to be on this year’s Kom streng dans and I’m so glad I can finally tell my mum. Her face will be a picture, she’s going to be over the moon!” Odudu, 33, gesê.
“I absolutely love the show and am fully committed to making the most of every second of the Strictly experience. Bring it on!”
The winner of The Great British Bake Off series three in 2013, John Whaite is a chef and TV personality.
He’ll be competing in StrengSe first ever all-male competitive partnership, following on from Nicola Adams and Katya Jones ,who danced together last series.
Speaking about appearing on the show, Whaite, 33, said that he was excited to dance with another man as “a great step forward in representation and inclusion”.
“I’ve been wearing sequins and jazzy attire since I was three years old and can’t wait to hurl myself, full throttle, around the most glamorous dance floor on earth," hy het gesê. “Whoever it is I’m paired with, I hope they are up for a challenge as I want our routines to include lots of spectacular lifts!”
Children’s TV presenter Rhys Stephenson has also been announced for Streng 2021.
The actor is best known as the face of the CBBC channel and has also presented on shows such as Blue Peter, Saturday Mash-Up! en Newsround.
Stephenson says he’s excited about every part of the show – even getting criticism from Craig Revel Horwood.
“I am BUZZING to be a part of Kom streng dans 2021," hy het gesê. “I have dreamt about being on this show, and I know for a fact that it is going to exceed every expectation. I cannot wait to experience it all: the costumes, the orchestra, even Craig’s glare! I am READY!”
During an appearance on Goeie môre Brittanje, Dragons’ Den investor Sara Davies was revealed as the latest member of the Streng class of 2021.
The entrepreneur joined the BBC business programme in 2019, having taken her company Crafter’s Companion from a project she started at university to a business employing more than 250 people worldwide.
Discussing joining Streng, sy het gese: “My mum and dad are going to be so excited. I’m really nervous because so far the producers keep asking me if I can dance. Truth be told – I haven’t got a clue! I’ve not danced since I did ballet lessons when I was little.”
Davies also said that she hopes to bring her “tenacity, drive and determination” to the dance floor.
'N Ander een Streng cast member was announced on BBC Ontbyt hierdie week, as it was revealed that Katie McGlynn will be taking part in the forthcoming series.
The actor is best known for her work on Waterloo Road en Coronation Street, while she currently plays Becky Quentin in Hollyoaks.
Revealing that she’s been keeping her casting on the show a secret for months, McGlynn said: “It’s been so hard keeping it a secret, but I can finally say that I’m getting ready to shake my shimmy and become part of the Streng familie!
“I’m really not a dancer, but I’m so excited to learn a new skill on this crazy journey and cannot wait to slip into some sequins along the way… I’m fully ready to let my hair down and do something different, even if it is completely outside of my comfort zone. I can’t promise that I’ll be the best, but I’m going to give it 110% on the dance floor! As long as I don’t fall over I’ll be happy.”
Also revealed to be taking part was TV presenter Dan Walker.
Die BBC Ontbyt gasheer, who has presented the daily TV show since 2016, is also known for his sports coverage across the BBC.
Of Streng, hy het gesê: “I am definitely excited, a little bit worried, mostly terrified and a small part of me is considering going into hiding!
“My kids have only ever asked me to go on two shows… Saturday Mash Up en Streng. I did Saturday Mash Up this summer so… it’s time to embrace the sequins.”
Two more names were announced on This Morning op Woensdag (11 Augustus), the first being Tilly Ramsay.
The chef and influencer, who is the daughter of Gordon Ramsay, has more than 9.5 million followers on TikTok and has presented cookery content on CBBC and ITV.
Tilly, 19, said that she was “excited and grateful” to be joining the show, toevoeging: “I’m always up for fun new challenges and this will be my biggest adventure yet!
“I’m going to put my heart and soul into this and can’t wait to get my dancing shoes on and show my Dad how it’s really done! Bring on the glitz, glamour and sequins!”
Greg Wise, the 55-year-old actor, is best known for his appearance in Sense and Sensibility opposite Emma Thompson, who he later married. In onlangse jare, he has appeared in films such as A Private War en Military Wives, as well as playing Lord Mountbatten in Die kroon.
Die Last Christmas writer said: “My beautiful sister was a huge disco queen. She left our world almost exactly 5 years ago in a glitter ball coffin. This is for her. My gorgeous Diva sis, who would have been insane with excitement that her little bro was doing this.
“I will channel her, as her bro can’t dance – but I’m thrilled to be dipping my toes, knees, hips and arms into this wonderful world, and hope to make her proud, and obviously make her laugh…”
Nina Wadia is best known for playing Zainab Massood in EastEnders.
Speaking about her appointment, sy het gese: “I’ve always danced like nobody’s watching, so if we blindfold the judges I could actually win Streng 2021.”
Sy het bygevoeg: “I think I should do this before I’m too old any more. I think this is last year I’m ever wearing heels. I think I think there’s a lot happened in the last couple of years and I just want to grab life by the balls.”
Actor Rose Ayling-Ellis, best known for playing Frankie Lewis in EastEnders, will be Streng’s first ever deaf contestant.
Sy het gese: “To be the first deaf contestant on Kom streng dans is sooooo exciting.. and a little bit scary. It is the hardest secret I have ever had to keep so it feels amazing to finally have this out in the open! I hope I will do the deaf community proud and break down more barriers.
“But I am also very excited to learn an incredible new skill and even better I get to learn whilst wearing beautiful dresses made especially for me!”
Fresh off his Olympics success, Adam Peaty MBE has joined this year’s Streng lineup.
“I think this will come as a surprise to a lot of people, but I’m so excited to finally share the news that I’ll be joining Streng hierdie jaar," hy het gesê.
“I’m really looking forward to doing something totally different and challenging myself away from the pool. I’m hoping my competitive nature is going to compensate for my dancing abilities!”
The swimmer won gold medals the Men’s 100m Breaststroke. at the Rio 2016 Olympics and at Tokyo 2020.
He holds the world record in 50 metre and 100 metre breaststroke events, en, in 2017, was given an MBE in the New Year Honours for his services to swimming.
Actor and comedian Judi Love will be a contestant on this year’s Streng.
Sy het gese: “I think I am still in shock that I will be part of this amazing show. I’ve watched it for many years and admired the phenomenal abilities of these dancers and celebrities that have taken part and dedicated themselves to learning a new craft.
“I’m truly looking forward to pushing myself in something that I could have only dreamed of doing and now it’s actually coming true!! I can’t lie I’m soooo nervous but excited at the same time!!”
The stand-up comic is a regular panellist on Loose Women, where her appointment was announced. She won fans with her video series Quarantine Date Nights, which she launched during lockdown.
The former rugby player and sports pundit was the final celebrity to be announced for this year’s competition. The 38-year-old played for England from 2009 and retired in 2015, going on to host rugby coverage for BT Sport, ITV and the BBC.
“What a dream come true! Strictly is the biggest entertainment show on TV and I can’t wait to show everyone I’ve got more than just dad dancing moves,” he said in a statement on joining the show.
“My two beautiful daughters never had a chance to see me on the rugby pitch, so to know they can watch me waltzing and twirling every week is really special to me. I love an outfit at the best of times, so bring on the sequins!”
Kom streng dans returns to BBC One on 18 September.