STRICTLY Come Dancing The Live Tour returns to Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena this week and The Star’s digital editor Graham Walker has been speaking to some of its biggest stars.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch our exclusive behind-the-scenes rehearsals video and chats with TV series winner, McFly’s Harry Judd, Eastenders legend Anita Dobson and media star Nancy Dell’Olio.
Tickets moved almost as sharply as some of the contestants when Strictly Come Dancing Live went on sale last year at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena.
So for two nights this week - Thursday and Friday, February 3 and 4, 2012, at 7.30pm - fans of the TV show have another chance to see the form that won McFly drummer Harry Judd the 2011 competition – before his band returns to Sheffield City Hall in March.
This year the live tour also features final runners-up Chelsee Healey and Jason Donovan as well as fellow 2011 celebrity competitors EastEnders legend Anita Dobson, ex-Olympic swimmer Mark Foster, former footballer Robbie Savage and the glamorous Nancy Dell’Olio.
The judging panel will include TV regulars Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood, who is also directing the arena tour for the second year.
Harry scored an impressive 156 out of a possible 160 across four dances in the Strictly final, watched by more than 13 million people. On tour fans get to watch their favourite dancing couples compete for votes and feedback from the judges – and can then vote via mobile phone.
Two years ago, the television format, also known as Dancing With The Stars, became the world’s most successful reality television show. It has been sold by BBC Worldwide to more than 35 international broadcasters.
* Tickets cost £65, £42.50 & £35 (may be subject to booking fee), in person at the venue box office and on 0114 256 5656 and online at www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk.