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 September 13

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Strictly: John Whaite shares ‘unglamorous’ side of training

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According to reports, nine of the upcoming Strictly Come Dancing contestants have had previous dancefloor training. With this discovery, people have alleged the 2021 BBC ballroom competition is a ‘fix’.

Ahead of its premiere on the 18th of September, some of the celebrity contestants will be taking the dancefloor for the very first time.

However, nine participants will be taking centre stage with professional dance experience from their past.

Starting with Tom Fletcher, the McFly band member attended the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School, which specialises in performing arts including dance and music.

Katie Glynn, who is well known for her role on Coronation Street, participated in The Greatest Dancer for Sport Relief in 2019.

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Strictly Come Dancing: Alleged ‘fix’ row (Image: BBC)

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Strictly Come Dancing 2021 will premiere next weekend (Image: BBC)

Although she took to social media during her stint and stated “please remember people, I am not a dancer,” there’s no doubt she had professional training for the choreographed routines.

Eastender and Goodness Gracious Me star, Nina Wadia confessed to having some dance training when she was younger.

The actress revealed: “I did some Indian dance training called Bharatanatyam from ages four to nine, then when we moved to Hong Kong from 11 to 16 I did tap dancing.”

This was the same for CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson who has had street dance lessons.

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Strictly Come Dancing: The celebrity contestants dazzle in their professional shoot (Image: BBC)

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Strictly Come Dancing: The celebrity line-up (Image: The Express)

Also, put through the paces was Great British Bake Off winner, John Waite who first began taking dance lessons at five years old.

Speaking to the Daily Star, he disclosed: “Between 10 and 14 I did ballet, modern, and tap.”

Chef Tilly Ramsey and Eastenders’ Frank Lewis star Rose Ayling-Ellis, both attended ballet school as children.

Ninth constant Ugo Monye took part in The Real Full Monty in 2018 and received dancefloor training from Diversity choreographer, Ashley Bango.

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With this discovery, only six contestants will be joining the cast of Strictly Come Dancing 2021 as complete first-timers.

This includes presenter AJ Odudu, Olympian Adam Peaty, Loose Womens’ Judi Love, Dragons Den star Sara Davies, BBC’s Dan Walker and actor Greg Wise.

Despite this revelation, fans can look forward to the 19th season of the dance competition hitting the screens next weekend, with the first live show airing on the 25th.

Ahead of its release the star-studded celebrity lineup have finally revealed their glamorous professional photoshoots.

With sparkling outfits and bright smiles, the 2021 contestants appeared to be beaming as they posed in the dazzling group snap.

Viewers will have to tune in to see who will be crowned winner and take home the glitterball trophy.

Express.co.uk has contacted the BBC for comment.

Strictly Come Dancing will return on Saturday, September 18, on BBC One.

Original posted at www.express.co.uk

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