Post by ManicKangaroo on Aug 21, 2016 1:43:37 GMT 1
Claudia Fragapane has joined Strictly Come Dancing.
The Olympic gymnast will compete in the upcoming series fresh from her time at the Rio 2016 Olympics where she came fifth in the team final after falling on the uneven bars and balance beam in the qualifications round.
“I am a really big fan of Strictly Come Dancing and am so excited to be chosen to take part this year. I am used to performing in front of big crowds but this is going to be so different to my floor routines in gymnastics – but I love a challenge and performing! I also love dressing up and wearing sparkly costumes!” said Claudia.
Post by ManicKangaroo on Oct 12, 2016 2:05:18 GMT 1
Singer Will Young has announced he has quit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing for "personal reasons".
The former Pop Idol winner said he left with "joy in my heart that I have been able to take part in one of the most loved shows on British television".
The 37-year-old praised his professional partner, Karen Clifton, saying that the partnership with her had been "the most wonderful thing".
The BBC said the show "fully respects" his decision and wishes him well.
In a statement, Young said: "To be a part of Strictly has been a long-time ambition of mine.
"As a performer, a viewer, and a fan of the show, to dance as a contestant was an experience I always hoped for.
"I have made some great friends, and am in awe of their performances week in, week out.
"I have found a creative partnership with Karen that has been the most wonderful thing to experience."
Young said he would be "eternally grateful" to his dancing partner for "her direction, talent and guiding me through three wonderful dances that I will be able to show my grandkids in years to come."
He went on: "Unfortunately, I am leaving the show for personal reasons. I leave with joy in my heart that I have been able to take part in one of the most loved shows on British television."
The singer did not elaborate further on why he was leaving the show.
Ms Clifton said Young had been fun to work with.
Writing on Twitter, she said: "I'm so sad that Will has decided to quit the show and I know it wasn't an easy decision for him.
"It was great dancing with him, he was such fun to work with and I wish him all the very best for the future."
Young thanked everyone involved in Strictly and described them all as a "unique family".
He said in a statement: "I thank them from the bottom of my heart. And finally thank you to the BBC for supporting me throughout my journey. I wish my compatriots so much luck, and although I am back to being a viewer again, I'm certainly going to 'keeeep dancing'!"
The BBC said: "Due to personal reasons, Will Young has decided to withdraw from Strictly Come Dancing. The show fully respects his decision and wishes him all the best for the future."
This thread died off completely, but just to say that I think Ore and Joanne were for me one of the most deserving winning couples Strictly has ever had. At the start of the show I wanted them to win but didn't think they would, but by the end I was confident they'd done enough. And I think the judges, Len in particular, wanted them to win as well.