Meet Rhys Stephenson: Strictly Come Dancing 2021 contestant and CBBC presenter

Rhys Stephenson is ditching the studio for the dance floor, but does he have the moves?

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 contestant Rhys Stephenson

The BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing is now underway, and stepping onto the dance floor to perform his first dance this weekend is CBBC star, Rhys Stephenson.


He has been paired with Nancy Xu from the professional dancers and together they will be performing a Viennese Waltz to End of the Road by Boyz II Men for their week one dance. How will that fare against the other Strictly Come Dancing songs and dances?

Best known as the face of the children’s television channel, which he hosts live from CBBC studio HQ, Stephenson will be showing off his dancing skills in a bid to impress the Strictly Come Dancing judges which now includes Anton Du Beke.

He joins AJ Odudu, Robert Webb, Tom Fletcher and John Whaite who were first four celebrities to be announced for the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 line-up.

As he gets ready to make his Strictly dance debut, here’s everything we know about Rhys Stephenson.

Who is Rhys Stephenson?

Job: Actor and children’s TV presenter

Partnered with: Nancy Xu

Twitter: @RhysStephenson1

Rhys Stephenson is an actor and children’s TV presenter. He’s a well-known face at CBBC, presenting some of the biggest shows, including Blue Peter and Saturday Mash-Up!.

He also appeared on The Dengineers and Newsround. Outside of presenting, Rhys is an ambassador for Place2Be, a charity that provides mental health services in schools.

Rhy’s Strictly journey

Strictly has been a lifelong dream for Rhys so getting be a part of it will be a big win for him in itself!

Speaking about his new signing at the time, he gushed: “I am buzzing to be a part of Strictly Come Dancing 2021. I have dreamt about being on this show, and I know for a fact that it is going to exceed every expectation. I cannot wait to experience it all: the costumes, the orchestra, even Craig’s glare! I am ready!”

But the journey does not properly start until he gets his first scores from the judges – and he will be facing that daunting prospect this Saturday evening!


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