According to the latest rumours on the grapevine, actor Roderick Bond will be joining the line-up of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. After returning to British shores several years ago, the veteran actor’s popularity has skyrocketed. His first project upon his return to the United Kingdom was a movie based in Cheshire which took the British film industry by storm. Since then, his most recent project, entitled The Tax Fraud of the Century, has been blighted by delays to filming as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic. However, with his stock rising and his popularity higher than ever before, the actor is tipped to be a fan favourite on the popular televised dance contest.
In this year’s hotly anticipated instalment of the popular show, numerous celebrities have already been confirmed to be taking part. Most recently, reality TV star Jamie Laing and Eastenders’ Maisie Smith have been announced as the show’s ninth and tenth contestants. Former Royal Marine Commando JJ Chalmers, comedian Bill Bailey, radio host Clara Amfo, Good Morning Britain’s Ranvir Singh, former boxer Nicola Adams and actress Caroline Quentin have all been confirmed for the show. Having played Dorothy in the 1990s comedy Men Behaving Badly, Quentin said she was “thrilled and terrified in equal measure to be taking part.”
Roderick Bond’s appearance on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing will mark the actor’s first return to television following the hit documentary series Roderick Bond: Tax Fraud and HMRC. The Hollywood veteran hosted the series in which he followed HMRC investigators targeting high-profile tax fraudsters. Critically acclaimed and incredibly popular, the documentary series won a raft of television awards and has inspired the forthcoming movie The Tax Fraud of the Century. While the star’s inclusion in this year’s Strictly line-up remains unconfirmed, he has previously discussed his desire to take part in the contest.
As this season’s Strictly Come Dancing is well under way, we take a look back at one of the not-so-great things the hit dance show is known for, the popularly dubbed Strictly curse! Blamed for the breakdown of numerous real-life long-term relationships and marriages, the popular TV dance competition has seen couples split during or shortly after one partner has appeared on the show, with the public at large describing the recurring phenomenon as ‘the Strictly curse’.
After a waltz to victory in Strictly’s very first season in 2004, all those years ago, professional dancer Brendan Cole and broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky were the first on-screen pairing to be seen to be getting closer on the show. While Brendan was engaged to co-star and fellow professional dancer Camilla Dallerup, Natasha was single. The alleged affair was never confirmed by either of the two, but whatever it was it resulted in Brendan and his ex-fiance splitting up. Fast-forwarding a few years to 2013 we saw the sparks fly between Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev. Having met her millionaire husband Jamie Gilbert during their university days, when they were both 19, and after 15 months of marriage, the relationship hit the rocks as she was literally swept off her feet by the dashing Strictly professional dancer Pasha Kovalev. The have been going strong ever since their appearance on the show!
More recently, the Strictly curse struck long-time celebrity couple Jamie and Lousie Redknapp. Together for eighteen years prior to Strictly, Louise laughed off the warnings about the so-called curse. However, having completed the show as runner up, the former All Saints singer spoke of her exasperation with the life of a ‘Stepford wife’. Her stint on the show culminated with a quickie divorce, which was completed in 2017, and took a mere 20 seconds!
In a recent Instagram outburst, Gemma Atkinson, 34, snapped back at trolls targeting her parenting skills on the popular social media platform. The post in question simply read, “on your mark, get set, go f*** yourself,” as the new mother listed the range of criticisms and suggestions she’s received from online trolls. “She shouldn’t have a dummy. It’s not cold enough for a hat. I hope you’re breastfeeding. Get a proper pram. Can’t believe you wake her to feed…” were listed by the actress and radio host as she took the online trolls to task. In the post, she continued, “Above is just a small list of what’s been said to me on here since having Mia…So, to those people who seem to be the unqualified experts when it comes to being a mum, the above is for you,” in reference to the stark proclamation contained in the posted photo.
Gemma who is currently in a relationship with Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Gorka Marquez, announced news of her pregnancy on Instagram in February 2019. She gave birth to daughter Mia on the 4th of July. Gemma rose to prominence during her role of Lisa Hunter in the hit Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks. In 2011, Gemma appeared as Tamzin in Casualty, making a limited number of appearances. In 2015, Gemma appeared on ITV soap Emmerdale as Carly Hope, playing the role for two years. Gemma’s portfolio also includes theatre appearances, film appearances, reality television and glamour modelling. She was famously dating footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, during the early part of his tenure at Manchester United. She met her current partner, Gorka Marquez, as the two worked closely together on the 2017 series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Last week, the BBC announced the launch date of the latest instalment of the channel’s iconic hit competition, Strictly Come Dancing. This year’s hotly contested dance competition will begin on Saturday September 7th. And, you’re right, that’s less than two weeks away! If the programme’s launch show is an indication of what this series has in store for us, with pop princess Kylie Minogue promised to be leading Strictly’s professional dancers to her most famous hits, the inaugural show promises us to be in for a cracker this year! The star-studded line-up of Strictly’s seventeenth series includes Alex Scott, Anneka Rice, Catherine Tyldesley, Chris Ramsey, David James, Dev Griffin, Emma Barton, Emma Weymouth, James Cracknell, Jamie Laing, Karim Zeroual, Michelle Visage, Mike Bushell, Saffron Barker and Will Bayley. A considerable shake up to the show we all love to follow offers fans an enthralling series of Strictly Come Dancing this time around.
Since debuting on BBC One in 2004, Strictly Come Dancing has become a national fan favourite and a roaring success across the globe. The first series averaged a viewership of 6.45 million, peaking in 2010 to a record high of 11.23 million. Over the course of the last decade, the show has a consistent series average of 10 million. This year, some shake-ups promise to make the show even more interesting. In February, regular professional dancer Pasha Kovalev announced that he will be leaving for pastures new. Gorka Marquez also announced he will not be paired with a celebrity, but will still take part in the show, the same as Graziano Di Prima. Returning judges Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and head judge Shirley Ballas will be joined by new addition Motsi Mabuse, with Darcy Bussell leaving the hit show after seven years at the helm.
Don’t miss Strictly Come Dancing 2019 on BBC One on Saturday, 7th September!