Strictly Come Dancing: Tom Fletcher, Robert Webb And AJ Odudu Unveiled As First Of 2021 Contestants

Tom FletcherRobert Webb and AJ Odudu have been unveiled as the first of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing contestants. 

The BBC began officially announcing the line up for the 19th series of the hit ballroom show on Wednesday, ahead of next month’s launch. 

Tom, Robert and AJ appeared on The One Show to confirm they would be getting their dancing shoes on this year. 

McFly guitarist Tom, whose bandmate Harry Judd won Strictly in 2011, said in a statement: “I think the fact that I’m actually going to be dancing on Strictly this year has only just started to sink in while I’m writing this! I’m incredibly excited, of course, but also totally terrified!

“My kids were excited too until I started showing them my best dad-dancing in the kitchen. I’m not sure how far they’ll get me in the competition but I can’t wait to add some new moves to my embarrassing dad-dancing repertoire,” added Tom, who is married to I’m A Celebrity champ Giovanna Fletcher

Robert, who is best known for starring in Peep Show alongside comedy partner David Mitchell, said: “I can’t wait to get packed into a spandex onesie and fired from a glitter cannon directly at Claudia Winkleman. At least I think that’s what happens.

“My goal is to try and survive from week to week without causing serious injury to myself or innocent bystanders. I know it’s going to be a challenge. To do well in this competition is a test of character, although mainly it’s a test of dancing.”

TV presenter AJ, who is best known for hosting the likes of Big Brother’s Bit On The Side, Don’t Rock The Boat and Apocalypse Wow, said: “I’m so glad I can finally tell my mum. Her face will be a picture, she’s going to be over the moon!

“I absolutely love the show and am fully committed to making the most of every second of the Strictly experience. Bring it on!”

Other stars who have been linked to this year’s Strictly include former rugby player and commentator Ugo Monye, presenters Maya Jama and Emma Willis, BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin and ex-footballer Peter Crouch, whose wife Abbey Clancy won the show in 2013. 

Over the weekend, The Sun reported BBC bosses had approached both Alan and Olympian Tom Daley about forming the show’s first all-male couple with professional dancer Graziano Di Prima

Nicola Adams and Katya Jones previously made TV history in 2020 as Strictly’s first-ever same-sex pairing. 

The BBC has confirmed Strictly will return for a full-length series later this year, after its run was cut by four weeks in 2020 due to the pandemic. 

However, for the second year running, it will not be taking its usual trip to Blackpool due to logistical issues presented by the on-going Covid situation. 

Professional dancer Anton Du Beke also joins the panel this year in place of absent judge Bruno Tonioli, sitting alongside Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One this autumn. The One Show airs weeknights at 7pm on BBC One.

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