Cath’s Strictly come­back


Manchester Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - By EMILY HEWARD [email protected] @Ci­tyLifeManc

SHE cha cha cha-d her way off the se­ries in a shock de­par­ture last month – but Strictly Come Danc­ing star Cather­ine Tyldes­ley will soon be don­ning her se­quins again for the live tour.

The for­mer Corrie star, from Walk­den, is one of seven celebri­ties lined up for the live shows, which will waltz their way across the UK in the New Year.

Cather­ine said: “I’m so de­lighted to be con­tin­u­ing my Strictly jour­ney on the live tour. I have ab­so­lutely fallen in love with danc­ing, so I can’t wait to get back on that dance floor and per­form for the Strictly fans once more. Roll on Jan­uary!”

BBC Break­fast’s Mike Bushell, who was booted off the show at the week­end, will also take part along with Sky Sports pre­sen­ter Alex Scott, EastEnders ac­tress Emma Bar­ton, CBBC pre­sen­ter Karim Zer­oual, ac­tor Kelvin Fletcher and so­cial me­dia sen­sa­tion Saf­fron

Barker. Mike said: “I’m so thrilled to be asked to go on the Strictly tour. I’ve loved my jour­ney on the TV show and have lost a stone-and-a-half in weight – that shows how good danc­ing is for you.

“I think I’ve shown that even a non­danc­ing dad in his 50s can learn some moves and hope­fully I can in­spire peo­ple in venues across the coun­try too.”

They’ll be joined by tour judges Shirley Bal­lass, Bruno To­nioli and Craig Revel Hor­wood – who also di­rects the tour – as well as new host and reign­ing Strictly cham­pion Stacey Doo­ley.

The tour opens at Arena Birm­ing­ham on Jan­uary 16 be­fore call­ing at Aberdeen’s P&J Live Arena, Leeds’ First Di­rect Arena, the Manch­ester Arena, Dublin’s 3Arena, the SSE Arena in Belfast, the SSE Hy­dro in Glas­gow, Not­ting­ham’s Motorpoint Arena and Lon­don’s O2 Arena.

The Manch­ester shows take place on Satur­day, Jan­uary 25, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm, and Sun­day, Jan­uary 26, at 1.30pm and 6.30pm. Tick­ets are avail­able from Tick­et­mas­ter.

Cather­ine Tyldes­ley and pro­fes­sional part­ner Jo­hannes Radebe on Strictly

Karim Zer­oual, Saf­fron Barker, Kelvin Fletcher, Cather­ine Tyldes­ley, Emma Bar­ton Mike Bushell and Alex Scott are head­ing off on tour

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