Who is Eddie Kadi? Meet the Strictly Come Dancing 2023 contestant and comedian
The BBC1 Xtra host will strut his stuff on the Strictly dance floor later this year.
Eddie Kadi is ready to strut his stuff on Strictly Come Dancing 2023 and just like us, he can't wait.
The comedian and radio host will be joining the likes of Amanda Abbington, Angela Rippon and Layton Williams on the dance floor, all of whom be trying their best to win the coveted Glitterball trophy.
Kadi will be ready to impress the panel of judges, made up of Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke, when he struts onto the dance floor with his partner Karen Hauer - one of the 2023 Strictly pro dancers.
Fans may recognise Eddie Kadi from various TV shows, but will most definitely recognise his voice if you're an avid radio listener. So, who is Eddie Kadi, and what has he said about appearing on the show? Read on to find out more.
Who is Eddie Kadi?
Job: Comedian, presenter and actor
Strictly partner: Karen Hauer
A multi-award-winning stand-up comedian and radio presenter, Eddie Kadi was the first black British comedian to headline the O2 Arena in London.
Eddie has hosted the MOBO Awards, as well as the official red carpet show for BET International and BET Africa in Los Angeles and the main stage of the Afro Nation Festivals across the world.
He has also appeared on numerous TV shows including Blankety Blank, The National Comedy Awards, Tonight with Target, +44 Presents: The Noughties Podcast, Don’t Hate the Playaz, and Road to Afro Nation: David Live.
Eddie fronts The Official Afrobeats Chart Show on BBC Radio 1Xtra and is a Team Captain on ITV's entertainment format Sorry I Didn't Know; and this year, he has been nominated for both the Royal Television Society Best Breakthrough Award and Best Breakthrough Presenter at the Edinburgh TV Awards.
His own documentary with Channel 4 is also in production.
Eddie Kadi's Strictly journey so far
Week One: Quickstep (4+6+6+6) = 22
What has Eddie Kadi said about joining Strictly 2023?
In a statement following the announcement that he would be taking part on Strictly 2023, Eddie said: "WOW. Anyone who knows me understands that music and dance is so important and central to who I am.
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"I'm so unbelievably proud and honoured that Strictly and the BBC have asked me to join the 2023 Team. I promise you, I’m going to give it everything I've got. This is going to be a VIBE!"
In an exclusive chat with RadioTimes.com, Kadi explained that being on a show like Strictly is a "beautiful moment" for him. He explained: "I love African music and I want to express myself and convey that message of what my culture means to me.
"Being on British television is such a beautiful moment for me, and it means an awful amount because it shows that we, too, are able to contribute in this melting pot of the world. It's a beautiful thing."
When does Strictly Come Dancing 2023 air?
Strictly Come Dancing 2023 airs each weekend on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday 30th September at 6:20pm. The results show will air on Sunday 1st October on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
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