Strictly Come Dancing The Live Tour welcomes host Mel Giedroyc

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Tickets for the 2016 Strictly Come Dancing Live UK Tour went on sale today, swiftly followed by the announcement of a brand new tour host – star of The Great British Bake Off and Strictly super fan, Mel Giedroyc. Mel will bring her hugely popular sense of humour and passion for all things Strictly to the live tour for the first time.

Mel Giedroyc said: “I’ve been a huge fan of Strictly Come Dancing for many years, so am thrilled to be hosting the 2016 UK Live Tour. The celebrity dancers and their professional partners will make for a sequin-tacular time on stage. (Note to self - must rent a pair of sparkling white dentures for January/February...). Who knows I might even shake a leg myself - as long as Strictly provide me with a surgical corset!

BBC One’s popular entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing returned to TV screens on Friday night for an exciting new series, with another amazing line up of famous faces from the worlds of show business, music, sport and television.

Tickets for the 2016 Strictly Come Dancing Live UK Tour, which stops off at Sheffield Arena on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 January 2016 are now on sale.

Tickets purchased by telephone on 0114 256 5656 or online at Sheffield Arenaare priced £38.50 - £71.50 (including booking fee).

Tickets purchased in person at the Arena Box Office are priced £36.75 - £68.25 (including booking fee)

Judges from the TV series Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli, will be back together again as they are reunited for the 2016 dates! Craig Revel Horwood will also direct the tour for the sixth year in a row. With all of the showbiz sparkle, breathtaking choreography and incredible live music that Strictly is famous for, audiences can experience everything that they love about the TV show live on stage.

Head Judge Len Goodman said: “It’s going to be great to be back on the tour watching some of the best dancers from the TV series out on the road. I can’t wait to find out who will be joining Craig, Bruno and myself – it’s going to be a lot of fun! We’ll be pulling out all the stops, with a terrific line up of celebs and their dance partners.”

Bruno Tonioli said: “It’s going to be fantastico! Who would believe that we’re on to our thirteenth series of Strictly and our ninth live UK tour? I can’t wait to see all those beautiful people in the arenas and all the passion on the dance floor.”

Craig Revel Horwood added: “I am very pleased to have my fellow amigos Len and Bruno back on tour with me! I’m extremely excited to be directing the show again and have lots of new surprises up my sleeve. It’s going to be another fab-u-lous extravaganza for the whole family to enjoy.”

This super-sized spectacular arena tour features many of the celebrities and professional dancers from the hugely anticipated thirteenth series, as they take to the dance floor and recreate their most popular TV dance routines. Details of celebrities and professional dancers appearing on tour will be announced over the next few months.

As with the television show, the judges will provide their invaluable wisdom, advice and scores at each performance. But not only are the celebrities and their dance partners competing for the judges’ scores, they will also be battling to win votes from the arena audiences, who can text vote via their mobile phones and ultimately have the power to decide who wins the prized Glitterball Trophy at the end of each performance.

The 30 show spectacular will visit the biggest entertainment venues across the UK including Sheffield Arena.

The tour has received rave reviews since it began in 2008 and the 2015 shows were no exception. The Daily Telegraph heaped praise on the production and gave it a 4 star review, saying: “the infectious atmosphere is hard to resist, proving that a dash of Strictly magic does a lot of good”. The Daily Express and Sunday Express agreed, both awarding glowing 4 star reviews. The Daily Mirror said: “A show full of spectacle, with a great live band and singers”, while Metro said: “The perfect tonic for those winter blues, the live show features all the best elements from the TV series”.

Last December an audience of over 11 million viewers tuned in to watch the nail-biting Strictly Come Dancing Grand Final on BBC One, when TV presenter Caroline Flack was crowned the winner with her professional dance partner Pasha Kovalev. The television format, internationally known as Dancing with the Stars, is one of the most successful TV formats ever created and has been sold into over 50 countries around the world.

Tickets for the Sheffield Arena dates are now on sale, in person at the Arena Box Office, by telephone on 0114 256 5656 or online at Sheffield Arena