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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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Sunderland suspend Jack Diamond after player is charged with rape and sexual assault



A Sunderland football player on loan to Lincoln FC has had his loan terminated after he was charged with rape.

Jack Diamond, 23, had been arrested after a sexual assault in Washington, Tyne and Wear, last year.

Northumbria Police launched an investigation, but have now charged him with one count of rape and one count of sexual assault.

Lincoln City FC said the player’s loan contract had been terminated “with immediate effect”.

His home club, Sunderland AFC, said he had been suspended pending the outcome of legal proceedings.

In a statement, it said: “Sunderland AFC has been notified that criminal charges have been brought against Jack Diamond by the Crown Prosecution Service.”

“As this matter is subject to a legal process, the club will not be making any further statement at this time”.

The incident is alleged to have happened in May last year.

Mr Diamond, of Fatfield, also Washington, is due to appear before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court in May.

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Paul O’Grady Dies Aged 67, Just Weeks After Newcastle Theatre Performance



TV presenter and comedian Paul O’Grady has died at the age of 67,  just weeks after starring in a Newcastle theatre production.

The TV star, who was from Birkenhead on Merseyside, died “unexpectedly but peacefully” on Tuesday evening, a statement said.

His partner Andre Portasio made this statement: “It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening.”

“We ask, at this difficult time, that whilst you celebrate his life you also respect our privacy as we come to terms with this loss.

“He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion.

“I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years.”

The TV star, starred in a theatre prodution of Annie just weeks ago in Newcastle as it returned to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal from March 7-11.

O’Grady starred as the role of Miss Hannigan, the head of the orphanage who hates children. He had been due to perform the show across the UK up until November this year.

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Karen’s Diner on Tour is BACK IN NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE!!



Karens Diner on Tour Newcastle upon Tyne

Karen’s Diner on Tour coming to town on tour and ‘well if y’all show up in force we’ll either come as a longer term pop up or simply just stay put for a while until we’ve insulted everyone in the North East!’


Get your tickets here: Karens Diner Newcastle tickets


We have spoken to the top Karen who assures everyone who went last time that Bottomless means BOTTOMLESS!

At our pop-up Karen’s you will be greeted and waited upon by rude waiters who in return are expecting you to give it full Karen. A place where you can complain until the cows come home because we literally don’t care. You can expect good food, good fun and a dining experience like you’ve never had before. Let us know if it’s your birthday, if your name is Karen and for the love of Karen don’t ask to speak to the manager….

Your ticket includes a delicious BOTTOMLESS pizza and BOTTOMLESS prossecco or select spirits and mixers as well as select soft drinks drinks for a full 90mins

*We cater for all allergens

You will get full and authentic Karen experience – our games, our waitstaff and the full works. Decent food provided by the venue (we hope) and BOTTOMLESS booze for those who love a drink. This is a dining experience like no other – literally. Come enjoy the OG Karen’s from OG Karen’s.

Don’t accept imitations – book now to avoid missing out!

See our two below YouTube videos from the last time they were in the toon to see what to expect…

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