Angela Rippon has confirmed she will be making a return to Strictly Come Dancing, just minutes after she was given the boot from the show on Sunday night. And fans won’t have long at all to wait to see her back on the dancefloor.
Having already landed in the dreaded dance-off two weeks in a row, broadcasting icon Angela was always facing an uphill battle to stay in Strictly and, after she and pro partner Kai Widdrington finished bottom of the Blackpool leaderboard on Saturday, with a score of just 28 out of 40 for their American Smooth, it looked like bookies’ predictions that she would be eliminated were very much on the cards.
In the end, unfortunately for Angela and Kai, they did end up in the bottom two once again, this time against Bobby Brazier and Dianne Buswell, in a turn of events that shocked many BBC viewers and, unlike their other occasions in the danger zone, when they were saved by the judges, the duo went out on a unanimous result, with Kai in tears as Angela gave her exit speech.
Emotions ran high in the Tower Ballroom as Angela and Kai had their last dance together to Barry Manilow’s Can’t Smile Without Yo7u, however, it looks likely that they’ll be reunited on a much bigger stage as, taking to Instagram in the immediate aftermath of her Strictly departure, Angela had some big news for fans – she is doing the Strictly tour!
Beginning her post by declaring: “What an adventure it’s been,” Angela went onto heap further praise on Kai, having had him crying on camera, before adding: “This is not the end of my Strictly journey as I will be joining the national tour @strictlycomedancinglive in the new year and I hope to meet as many of you as I can out on the road. But for now, it’s goodbye and thank you all once again.”
Two other stars from the new series of Strictly have also been announced to be taking part in the tour – with frontrunners Ellie Leach and Layton Williams both signed up. If Angela is, as expected, paired with Kai she has a tough act to follow, as he ended up being the overall winner of the tour this year, having been partnered with Helen Skelton and notching up the most wins at arenas across the country.
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