Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Scott Mills

Can the Radio 1 DJ make sweet music on the dance floor?

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Name: Scott Mills

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Age: 40

Twitter: @scott_mills

Famous for: Master of ceremonies on his eponymous BBC Radio 1 show


He may have some opinions about the choice of tracks to accompany his moves, but could the desk-bound disk jockey be a serious contender?

Scott’s been rocking the airwaves from the age of 16, when he secured a job at his local Hampshire Radio station after sending them a deluge of demo tapes.

Since then he’s gone from strength to strength, joining BBC Radio 1 in 1998, gaining a major slot in 2004 and presenting the afternoon weekday slot since 2012.

Outside his radio work, Scott has performed twice at the Edinburgh festival (including a musical based on his life in 2009), had a recurring role on Casualty (as reporter Paul Lang) and drew on his own sexuality to present the 2011 BBC3 documentary The World’s Worst Place to Be Gay?

Scott announced his involvement in the dancing series live on air to the surprise of his co-host Chris Stark, taking pains to assure listeners that the shock decision wasn’t one of his usual pranks. Since then, other Radio 1 colleagues have rallied to his cause, including Matt Edmonson, friend to contestants Caroline Flack, Mark Wright and Pixie Lott.

Matt explained that “[Scott] needs my support more,” and he may be right – with little dancing experience, it’s safe to say that Scott is a wildcard for the glitter ball.

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See Scott subject fellow Strictly contestant Pixie Lott to “Innuendo Bingo”, a regular game on his radio show