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Strictly Come Dancing 2021: All you need to know



Strictly Come Dancing 2021

Strictly Come Dancing has confirmed the 2021 contestants, professional dancers and new judging panel ahead of the shows return on Saturday 18.


Excitement for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2021 is building as the BBC announce new professional dancers, a re-vamped judging panel and the celebrity contestants who will be participating in this 19th series of the show.


The show begins Saturday 18 but celebs won’t begin to compete for the glitterball trophy in live shows until the weekend after.


Tom Fletcher, McFly band member and author, was the first to confirm his place in this year’s lineup


He will be joined by Olympic gold medallist swimmer, Adam Peaty, actor Greg Wise, soap stars Katie McGlynn and Nina Wadia and strictly’ first deaf actress Rose Ayling-Ellis.


Also, ready to put on their dancing shoes are TikTok sensation, and Gordon Ramsay’s daughter, Tilly Ramsay, former rugby player Ugo Monye, comedians Judi Love and Robert Webb alongside Dragons Den entrepreneur Sara Davies.


TV presenters AJ Odudu, Rhys Stephenson and Dan Walker are also among those preparing to step foot on the dancefloor.


In another Strictly first the Great British Bake Off winner, John Whaite, is set to make up the first allmale dancing couple on the show.


But it’s not just the celebrities who are new additions to Strictly this year. Four new professional dancers are also experiencing the magic for the first time.


Strictly Come Dancing Judges 2021: Credit BBC


Kai Widdrington, Jowita Przystal, Cameron Lombard and Nikita Kuzmin complete the professional team after strictly favourites, such as Anton Du Beke and Janette Manrara, are set to fulfil nondancing roles on the show this series.


In last year’s series, after being voted off the show early, Anton joined the judging panel for a limited number of episodes.


This year Anton will become a permanent fixture to the judging panel in place of Bruno Tonioli who can not travel due to coronavirus restrictions.


He will be sat alongside head judge Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Criag Revel Horwood.


Due to the ease in coronavirus restrictions, there will be a limited live audience permitted this season after the show had to go-ahead without in-person viewers last year due to the pandemic.


In 2020, contestants formed ‘bubbles’ with their dance partners to ensure safety of the cast and crew.


In 2020, contestants formed ‘bubbles’ with their dance partners to ensure safety of the cast and crew.


Fortunately, they were able to reunite at the finale show where they performed an ‘extra special last dance’.


What are your thoughts on this years lineup?


Story: Brooke Murphy: 19th September 2021



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Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United



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Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.


Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.


It follows the Manchester United board announcing that they are open to a sale of the club.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisalstated he would be keen on Ronaldo signing for a Saudi Pro League after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old a free agent following a controversial interview and exit to Manchester United earlier this week..


“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”


Sky news are reporting – It is the availability of United – after the Glazers announced plans for a potential sale – and Ronaldo that is interesting Prince Abdulaziz.


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Sunday for Sammy Concert Cancelled For 2023 Due To Cost of Living



A popular charity concert will not be held in 2023 due to the cost of living crisis.

Sunday for Sammy, which is held in memory of North East actor Sammy Johnson, is a biennial event aimed at benefitting young performers.

The long-running event has featured the likes of Joe McElderry, Johnny Vegas, Brenda Blethyn, Denise Welch, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson and Mark Knopfler, Jill Halfpenny and Ant and Dec.

Tim Healy, who hosts Sunday for Sammy, said: “We’ve had lots of enquiries over the recent months asking when the next Sunday for Sammy will take place.

“We are very much aware at the moment that people are struggling with day-to-day living costs and are watching their pennies. Everything is becoming more and more expensive and that includes the cost of putting on a show the size of ours.”

He added: “We can’t in good conscious put on a show that we aren’t sure people can afford to be tickets for. It would be wrong to risk your money you have generously given us.

“So sadly we have decided that there won’t be a show in 2023. We’re going to wait until the time is right.”

Often dubbed The Geordie Command Performance, the shows, which have been running for more than 20 years, are held in memory of Geordie actor Sammy Johnson, who died in 1999.

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STACK Newcastle Bosses Scrap Plans For Christmas Pop-Up Venue



The owners of STACK have confirmed that there won’t be a pop-up version in Newcastle this Christmas, as plans have been shelved.

At the end of September it was reported that STACK’s owner, Danieli Group, were hoping to bring the brand back to the heart of Newcastle after its Pilgrim Street site was demolished earlier this year, after becoming a firm favourite with locals and visitors since 2018. The pop-up, close to the Crowne Plaza hotel in the Stephenson Quarter, looked set to be a massive draw before STACK makes its permanent return to the city next year, was planned to feature a number of shipping container bars, a new take on its famous Hadrian’s Tipi, street food vans, a stage and large screen, all on one level.

But, it has now been announced that the proposed STACK festive pop-up won’t be happening anymore. Confirming the decision, Neill Winch, CEO of Danieli Group said that while it was sad news that the pop-up would no longer take place, it meant the company can forge ahead with the Worswick Chambers plan.

He commented: “We know how much people miss not having a STACK in Newcastle so we are concentrating our efforts on creating what will become a flagship site back where STACK first began,” he said.

“Work is well underway on the scheme with a view to being open in winter 2023.”

In recent weeks it has announced new developments in Lincoln, Durham, Bishop Auckland and Carlisle.

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