Strictly stars team up for new touring song and dance show

Strictly Dancing champions Louis Smith and Jay McGuiness are joining one of the series’ most popular professional dancers Natalie Lowe in a major new show.

The trio will take to the floor in the 1950s flavoured song and dance show Rip It Up which will begin a 42-date tour in Aberdeen in September.

The latest from the producers and director of the current hit tour Remembering Fred which features fellow Strictly professionals Alijaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara, Rip It Up combines dance and music and will also feature Radio 2’s Leo Green and his 1950s all-star band.

Commenting on her starring role in the new show, Lowe said: “To be able to work with these two incredible Strictly champions and choreograph routines with them to the music from music’s greatest decade is something that we are all very excited to be working on. Together we will dance through some of the most fantastic songs ever created.”

Best known as a vocalist in the boy band The Wanted, McGuiness came out on top in the hit BBC celebrity dance series in 2015 when he danced his way to the title with partner Aliona Vilani.

Looking forward to dusting off his dancing shoes again McGuiness said: “To perform with Radio 2’s Leo Green and his band, as well as share the stage with Natalie and Louis and such a talented cast of singers and dancers, should be quite an experience. We have some great ideas and are looking forward to bringing them to the theatres around the country, singing and dancing to some of the greatest songs from one of the greatest decades.”

Fellow Strictly champion Smith lifted the Glitterball with partner Flavia Cacace in 2012 just months after winning a silver medal at the London Olympics. One of Britain’s sporting superstars after winning medals at three separate Olympic Games, beginning in Beijing in 2008, the gymnast is due to return to training in the hope of extending his winning streak into a fourth Olympics in 2020.

Talking about his involvement in Rip It Up, Smith said: “A lot of people think of the music of the 1950s as just rock ‘n’ roll. Whilst this was the decade that brought us Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard and more, we will also be celebrating the music of Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and all the beautiful vocal harmony groups from that special decade.”

The tour, which will also feature a cast of dancers hand-picked by Lowe, launches on 4 September at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen and is due to end on 22 October at Cheltenham Town Hall.

Angela Thomas


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