AFTER three months on the television show, seven stars of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing have signed up to go through it all again as part of the Strictly Live Tour.
The tour, which visits lands at the O2 in Greenwich on February 8 and 9, will be hosted by 2012 Strictly star Lisa Riley and takes in 31 dates.
This year’s winner, Abbey Clancy, 27, is star desperate not to hang up her dance shoes.
The TV presenter and wife of footballer Peter Crouch said: “For me Strictly has been the most incredible experience and I wanted to carry on forever.
“The tour is a brilliant opportunity to keep dancing.”
She added: “Peter loves dancing and so does our daughter Sophia. When I was on Strictly she wouldn’t watch the show unless she was wearing a tutu and little dance shoes.
“The costumes on the show are beautiful and I love the fact the tour means I can carry on getting made up, getting a fake tan, tons of glitter and millions of hair extensions. It’s every girl’s dream.”
Abbey’s not the only one who’s itching to get back into her Strictly costume.
Waterloo Road star Mark Benton, 48, was knocked out in week nine but was a firm favourite with fans for his off-the-wall routines and outlandish outfits with partner Iveta Lukosiute, including their version of MC Hammer’s You Can’t Touch This, complete with rap-star style gold costume. It’s a crowd-pleaser that looks certain to get another outing on the live tour.
“I think we’re going to do You Can’t Touch This on the tour,” said Mark, who lost three stone during his time on the show. “So many people come up to me and say they love it, it would be rude not to do it.
“But I think we’d love to put more content into the dance on the live show.
Strictly Come Dancing 2013 runner-up and BBC Breakfast star Susanna Reid also built up a loyal following during her time on Strictly.
The 42-year-old TV presenter was dubbed ‘Superwoman’ for her ability to fit in a demanding career on breakfast television, 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 said with a laugh.
“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.”
Strictly Come Dancing Live is at the O2 Arena in Greenwich on February 8 and 9. Tickets cost £36 to £66. Go to ticketzone.co.uk or call 0844 8758758.