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Mel Geidroyc to host the Strictly Come Dancing Live 2016 UK Tour

Mel Geidroyc

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TICKETS for the 2016 Strictly Come Dancing Live UK Tour went on sale this week, swiftly followed by the announcement of a brand new tour host – star of The Great British Bake Off and Strictly super fan, Mel Giedroyc.

Mel will bring her hugely popular sense of humour and passion for all things Strictly to the live tour for the first time.

Mel Giedroyc said: “I’ve been a huge fan of Strictly Come Dancing for many years, so am thrilled to be hosting the 2016 UK Live Tour. The celebrity dancers and their professional partners will make for a sequin-tacular time on stage. (Note to self – must rent a pair of sparkling white dentures for January/February…). Who knows I might even shake a leg myself – as long as Strictly provide me with a surgical corset!

Mel will be joined by the Strictly Come Dancing judges Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli, who will reunite for the 2016 tour! Craig Revel Horwood will also direct the live event for the sixth successive year.

BBC One’s popular entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing returned to TV screens on Friday, September 25 for an exciting new series, with another amazing line up of famous faces from the worlds of show business, music, sport and television.

Featuring many of the celebrities and professional dancers from the star-studded thirteenth series, the super-sized spectacular live arena tour will bring them back on to the dance floor to recreate their most popular routines from the TV series. Details of celebrities and professional dancers appearing on tour will be announced over the next few months.

Len, Craig and Bruno will be providing their invaluable wisdom, advice and scores at the end of each performance. But as well as competing for the judges’ scores, the celebrities and their dance partners will also be battling to win votes from the arena audiences, who can text vote via their mobile phones and will ultimately have the power to decide who will win the prized Glitterball Trophy at the end of each performance.

The Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour has received rave reviews since it began in 2008 and the 2015 UK Live Tour was no exception. The Daily Telegraph gave it a 4 star review, saying: “the infectious atmosphere is hard to resist, proving that a dash of Strictly magic does a lot of good”. The Daily Express and Sunday Express agreed, both awarding glowing 4 star reviews. The Daily Mirror said: “A show full of spectacle, with a great live band and singers”, while Metro said: “The perfect tonic for those winter blues, the live show features all the best elements from the TV series”.

Last December, an audience of over 11 million viewers tuned in to watch the nail-biting Strictly Come Dancing Grand Final on BBC One, when TV presenter Caroline Flack was crowned the winner with her professional dance partner Pasha Kovalev. The television format, internationally known as Dancing with the Stars, is one of the most successful TV formats ever created and has been sold into over 50 countries around the world.

The 30 show spectacular will open at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham (January 22-24) before continuing to Sheffield Arena (January 26-27), First Direct Arena, Leeds (January 28-29), Manchester Arena (January 30-31), Echo Arena, Liverpool (February 2), Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle (February 3-4), The SSE Hydro, Glasgow (February 5-7), Capital FM Arena, Nottingham (February 9-10), The SSE Arena, Wembley (February 11-12) and The O2, London (February 13-14).

Tickets: £35 – £65 (bands venue dependent). The O2 prices are £36 – £66 (inclusive of a £1 per ticket venue facility fee). All ticket prices are subject to a booking fee. To book, contact the venue or call 0844 875 8758 or visit www.ticketzone.co.uk/ or www.ticketmaster.co.uk/.

For more information visit strictlycomedancinglive.com/.