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Strictly Come Dancing 2021: CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson joins line-up

Rhys Stephenson (Photo: BBC)


Strictly Come Dancing 2021’s line-up just got bigger as CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson has been confirmed for the next series.

The TV star announced the exciting news on Friday morning on the BBC’s children’s channel, and said he was ‘shocked, elated and already impatient to start’.

He joins the likes of Great British Bake Off’s John Whaite, TV presenter AJ Odudu and McFly singer Tom Fletcher and Robert Webb who were announced earlier this week.

In a statement, Rhys said: ‘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!’

Teasing his sparkly outfits, Rhys revealed: ‘I want something with a cape – a cape commands respect. I’m not bothered, just as long as it’s epic.’

His young viewers won’t be missing him on their screens too much as Rhys promised to continue hosting on CBBC.


‘Yeah definitely, I’m still going to be a presence on the channel. I can’t just abandon CBBC like that,’ he admitted.

Rhys also revealed the judges he wants to dazzle the most, adding: ‘Craig’s the one you want to impress because he’s a steely face but then again, I love Motsi.

‘Motsi’s the opposite to Craig. When she jumps over the table to give you a hug, I want that too.’

Rhys is best known for presenting a string of CBBC programmes, such as Blue Peter and Saturday Mash-Up!, while he also appeared on The Dengineers and Newsround.

Outside of his TV work, Rhys is an ambassador for Place2Be, a charity which provides mental health services in schools.

As for the rest of the Strictly line-up, there are still plenty of rumours circulating as fans try to predict who will be next in line.

Selling Sunset star Christine Quinn is one of the names in the mix, as is former professional footballer Peter Crouch, BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin and former Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas.

After Nicola Adams and Katya Jones competed in the first ever same-sex partnership on Strictly in 2020, John is joining the first ever all-male pair.

Strictly Come Dancing will arrive on screens this autumn.

Credit: Original article published here.

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