Singing star Rachel Stevens is looking forward to two trips to Sheffield this year – to dance and to sing.
The 36-year-old is heading for Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena with her S Club 7 bandmates in May, after the group reunited for a new tour.
And now she has signed up for the live tour of hit BBC television show Strictly Come Dancing, after fellow singer Frankie Bridge was forced to pull out.
Frankie, a member of pop group The Saturdays, was forced to quit the tour after falling pregnant with her second child with husband and former England footballer Wayne.
Frankie, who celebrated her 26th birthday yesterday, said: “Although this is such an incredible time for us as a family, due to health reasons I am sadly unable to go on the Strictly tour as planned.
“I’m devastated I’m missing out as I loved Strictly so much and was so looking forward to joining everyone again on the live show.”
Frankie finished as a runner-up in the latest series of the popular BBC show, while Rachel was a runner-up in series six in 2008 – and has already danced at the arena on the show’s 2009 live tour.
She said: “I’m happy for Frankie and Wayne – it’s great news to start the New Year with.
“I know she’s disappointed not to be doing the tour – I was supporting Team Frankie during the show and she was fantastic, but I’m happy to be able to step in for her.
“It’s no secret that I loved my time in Strictly and that I’m a big fan of the dances so I’m excited to be back and to get my dancing shoes on again.
“I’m straight into rehearsals learning the routines and meeting the guys and then we’ll be on tour seeing fans across the country – I can’t wait.”
The Strictly Come Dancing live tour has two shows at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on Tuesday, January 27, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
S Club 7 play the venue on Thursday, May 21.
n For tickets to any of the shows, call 0114 256 5656 or visit www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk