After three very enjoyable but gruelling months on the television show, the seven stars of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing have signed up to go through it all again as part of the Strictly Live Tour which comes to the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Performing more than 31 shows is a big commitment - but one which the contestants can’t wait for, with many relishing the chance to get back on the dance floor and show off their skills to a home crowd.
Strictly Come Dancing 2013 runner-up and BBC Breakfast presenter Susanna Reid built up a loyal following during her time on he show. The 42-year-old was dubbed ‘Superwoman’ for her ability to fit in a demanding TV career, being a mum to three children and her training for the show. So performing in front of a crowd of 10,000 excited Strictly fans filing arenas should be a doddle, right?
“I work on TV so am used to performing in front of cameras and not seeing the whites of people’s eyes looking up at you and hoping to be entertained,” she said.
“But performing to such a big crowd, you get the instant feedback that you don’t get with TV. I got a taste of it during Strictly in front of the studio audience and more so at Blackpool and I am looking forward to it again on the tour.”
So what does Susanna, who is based in Salford with BBC Breakfast, think she’ll bring to the Strictly live tour? “I think I have proved that as a woman over 40 with three children you can learn to dance with a gorgeous young teacher,” she laughed. “I might not get every step right, but I do it with a smile on my face. And after the tour is over I will still be dancing in my local clubs every Friday night.”
She will be lining up with 2013 champion Abbey Clancy and fellow finalists Natalie Gumede, Mark Benton, Ben Cohen, Deborah Meaden and Nicky Byrne with 2012 contestant Lisa Riley hosting.