Saturdays star Frankie and rugby hunk Thom to appear at Strictly arena shows

STRICTLY STARS ... The Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge, above, and rugby player Thom Evans, below, are the first celebrities announced for the Strictly Come Dancing live shows.
STRICTLY STARS ... The Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge, above, and rugby player Thom Evans, below, are the first celebrities announced for the Strictly Come Dancing live shows.

POP star Frankie Bridge and rugby hunk Thom Evans are the first celebrities confirmed for the Strictly Come Dancing Live tour, which arrives in the region in the new year.

The hugely-popular live version of the TV show will be at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on January 28 and 29.

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For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only.''Embargoed to 2000 Sunday October 26''BBC handout photo of Thom Evans and Iveta Lukosiute during the Strictly Come Dancing live show on BBC One, after Thom Evans was booted off Strictly Come Dancing. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday October 26, 2014. The former Scotland international said he wanted to thank his partner Iveta Lukosiute "from the bottom of my heart", after losing the dance-off against Blue star Simon Webbe and his partner Kristina Rihanoff. See PA story SHOWBIZ Strictly. Photo credit should read: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Pop star Frankie Bridge from The Saturdays and rugby player and model Thom Evans will be dancing their way across the country fresh from this year’s BBC One TV series.

The tour will be hosted by Zoe Ball, who knows everything there is to know about Strictly, being both presenter of BBC 2’s sister show, It Takes Two, and a former contestant in the 2005 series.

More celebrities will be announced soon.

Frankie and Thom will be joined by other celebrities and professional dancers from this year’s ratings-winning show, and will take to the dance floor to recreate their dazzling moves and compete for votes from the judges.

The audience will also be able to text vote for their favourite stars via their mobile phones and ultimately decide who wins the prized Glitterball Trophy at each performance.

Frankie said: “My Strictly journey has only just begun and I’m loving every moment. I’m really excited to be a part of the 2015 tour.

“It will be a bit strange performing in arenas without my band mates, but I can’t wait to see all the Strictly fans who supported me throughout the TV series and get my dancing shoes on again.”

Thom added: “It’s sad to be out of the TV show, as I don’t think I got the chance to show my full potential, but I’m really excited to be invited to perform on the Strictly tour and can’t wait to get back on the dance floor.

“I’m told that performing in the arenas is completely different to the TV studio, so this will be a chance to really let loose and have some fun out there. Roll on January!”

Tickets for the Newcastle shows, which include a matinee performance, are on sale now, priced £35, £45 and £65, from 0844 493 6666 or in person from the Arena box office.