Georgia, Ainsley and Anita will join Frankie Bridge from The Saturdays, the 2016 host of the tour, Mel Giedroyc, and judges Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood (who also directs the tour) and Bruno Tonioli for the 30 date live extravaganza.
They will be reunited with more celebrities and professional dancers from this year’s ratings winning BBC One TV series, who will take to the dance floor to recreate their dazzling moves and compete for votes from the judges. More names will be announced soon.
Georgia May Foote, a favourite to win the series, said: “I am SO excited to be part of the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour. I’ve made some great friends on the TV show so I’m delighted to have the chance to perform with them again as we travel across the UK. I can’t wait for January!”
Anita Rani commented: “I've thrown myself into Strictly and can't believe how much I'm enjoying learning to dance. I'm over the moon to be able to carry on the glittery experience and join the tour. For a Yorkshire lass what better place to visit than my old uni town of Leeds. I hope everyone comes down for a northern knees up!”
And Ainsley Harriott - who has already been eliminated from the competition - added: “I loved my time on the TV series and am now really looking forward to getting out on the road; it’s going to be so exciting to feel the reaction when we step out on to those arena dance floors with all the other celebrity dancers and their professional partners. I’ve been known to do a bit of dancing around the kitchen and I’m now thrilled to have the chance to dance in front of enourmous audiences across the country.”
The tour opens at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham on 22 January 2016. It will then visit the biggest entertainment venues across the UK: Sheffield Arena, First Direct Arena Leeds, Manchester Arena, Liverpool’s Echo Arena, Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena, The SSE Arena in Wembley, before culminating at The O2, London on Valentine’s Day.