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© Provided by Metro Tony is dusting off his dancing shoes! (Picture: REX)
England footballing legend Tony Adams has been confirmed as the eleventh Strictly Come Dancing contestant.
The line-up for this year’s BBC competition is quickly taking shape with some big names in line, as Tony is set to join the likes of Loose Women’s Kaye Adams (no relation) and Matt Goss.
‘To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of the sequins and the call of the salsa has me swapping my battered old football boots for a set of Strictly soft shoes,’ he said.
‘Am absolutely thrilled to be giving it my all on this year’s 20th anniversary of Strictly Come Dancing.
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‘I can’t wait to meet my partner – God help her – and start the dancing.’
The footballing legend’s career has spanned over 22 years, having played for both Arsenal and England, including as captain of both.
Tony Adams MBE won 66 caps for England, appeared at four major tournaments and had 10 major trophy wins whilst is still the only player in English football history to captain a team to three top flight titles over three different decades. © Provided by Metro His footballing career has spanned over 22 years (Picture: Ben Radford/Getty Images) © Provided by Metro The footballing legend captained both Arsenal and England (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)
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Upon the news being announced, Tony tweeted: ‘So… I’m officially swapping my battered old football boots for the ballroom shoes! The lure of the sequins was simply too much!
‘I am thrilled to be a part of the 20th anniversary of @bbcstrictly this year.. I can’t wait to meet my partner and get dancing.’
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Strictly bosses revealed that the launch show will be recorded on Wednesday, September 7.
It’s likely that the show will return on Saturday, September 10 with presenters Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly welcoming this year’s line-up.
‘Dust off your dancing shoes, Strictly Come Dancing is back!’ they said in a statement.
What we know about Strictly Come Dancing 2022 so far
Who are the judges?
Head judge Shirley Ballas will be joined once again by fellow judges Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse.
Anton Du Beke will also be returning to judge, after it was confirmed that he would be officially replacing Bruno Tonioli.
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Who are the new professional dancers?
There are four new pros joining the line-up: Vito Coppola, Carlos Gu, Lauren Oakley and Michelle Tsiakkas.
Which professional dancers have left?
After the 2021 season, it was announced that fan-favourite pros Oti Mabuse and Aljaž Škorjanec would not be returning for the 2022 series.
Will there be a studio audience?
Yes – following past restrictions put in place due to the pandemic, the full studio audience is set to return this year, while the see-through dividers between the judges will also be removed.
When is the show returning?
The BBC has revealed that the launch show for the 2022 series is due to be recorded on Wednesday September 7.
Therefore, it’s likely that it will air a few days later on Saturday September 10, although the exact date of the first episode is yet to be disclosed.
Find out more about Strictly 2022 here.
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