Remember that dream you had? The one where you imagined what it would be like to actually appear on Strictly Come Dancing? Well, it’s one step closer to becoming a reality as BBC1 launch The People’s Strictly, offering a chance for everyday members of society to compete for the coveted glitter ball.
No, you don’t have to read the news/act in a soap/belt out pop tunes to pull on the lycra and load on the sequins. The new series – coinciding with next year’s Comic Relief campaign – will welcome “six inspirational but everyday heroes and heroines from society”, nominated to take part by their family and friends.
Each of the six competitors will be paired with a Strictly professional for four weeks of training culminating in a performance on BBC1, shown in the build up to March 2015’s evening of Red Nose Day entertainment.
Their routines will be judged by the Strictly panel – made up of Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tolioni – with the broadcast overseen by presenters Tess Day and Claudia Winkleman.
“BBC1 is the TV home of ballroom dancing so where better to see deserving, real-life heroes and heroines experience the sparkling joy of Strictly and all for such a great cause in Comic Relief,” said BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore.
“The people have always been at the heart of Red Nose Day and The People’s Strictly on BBC1 takes this one step further,” added Comic Relief chief executive Kevin Cahill. “Having watched well-known faces go through the heart-warming journey on Strictly I can’t wait to see members of the public having this amazing opportunity. It mixes fun and fundraising in equal measure.”