Strictly Come Dancing champions set to Rip It Up in St Albans

PUBLISHED: 12:03 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:38 16 August 2017

Rip It Up featuring Natalie Lowe and Strictly champs Louis Smith and Jay McGuiness

Rip It Up featuring Natalie Lowe and Strictly champs Louis Smith and Jay McGuiness

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You get two Strictly Come Dancing champions for the price of one in a new 50s-themed theatre show coming to St Albans this autumn.

As the latest celebrities taking part in the new 2017 series of Strictly are announced, one of the hit BBC One dance show’s favourite former professionals is heading out on tour with singer Jay McGuiness and gymnast Louis Smith.

Dancer Natalie Lowe, The Wanted boyband star Jay, who won Strictly in 2015, and Olympic gymnast Louis, the 2012 SCD Glitterball winner, will swing, bop, jitterbug, Lindy hop, jive and ballroom through the greatest songs from the 1950s in theatre show Rip It Up.

Rip It Up promises to bring the fabulous soundtrack of the 1950s to life in an explosion of song and dance.

The music in the show spans various styles from romantic ballads and crooner classics through to the era’s defining pop and rock ‘n’ roll hits.

Rip It Up featuring Natalie Lowe and Strictly champs Louis Smith and Jay McGuiness Rip It Up featuring Natalie Lowe and Strictly champs Louis Smith and Jay McGuiness

Brought to you from the producers and director of 2017’s smash tour Remembering Fred, which starred Strictly Come Dancing’s Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec, Rip It Up will also feature Radio 2’s Leo Green and his 50’s all-star band, along with a cast of dancers handpicked by Natalie.

Natalie said: “To be able to work with these two incredible Strictly champions and choreograph routines with them to the music from music’s greatest decade is something that we are all very excited to be working on.

“Together we will dance through some of the most fantastic songs ever created.”

Jay McGuiness is best known as a vocalist in the boyband The Wanted, whose debut single All Time Low hit the No.1 spot on the UK singles chart in 2010.

The band also scored a No.1 smash with global hit Glad You Came.

In 2015, Jay was confirmed as a celebrity contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, partnering professional dancer Aliona Vilani.

The couple stole the public’s hearts with their graceful and energetic routines, becoming the series winners.

The pair’s now infamous jive to the Pulp Fiction-inspired medley of Chuck Berry’s You Never Can Tell and Dick Dale & The Del Tones’ Misirlou has become the show’s most watched routine ever, amassing over five million hits on YouTube.

Looking forward to being part of Rip It Up, Jay said: “To perform with Radio Two’s Leo Green and his band, as well as share the stage with Natalie and Louis and such a talented cast of singers and dancers should be quite an experience.

“We have some great ideas and are looking forward to bringing them to the theatres around the country, singing and dancing to some of the greatest songs from one of the greatest decades.”

Louis Smith MBE is one of Britain’s sporting superstars after winning medals at three separate Olympic Games.

He shot to fame at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 by winning a bronze medal in the pommel horse, before winning silver medals at both the London 2012 and Rio De Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.

After the London 2012 Olympics, Louis took part in and won that year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing, lifting the coveted Glitterball trophy with his professional dance partner, Flavia Cacace.

Louis will be returning to training shortly in an attempt to win a medal at his fourth Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

Before that, however, he is delighted to be part of the cast of Rip It Up.

Louis said: “A lot of people think of the music of the 50s as just rock ‘n’ roll.

“Whilst this was the decade that brought us Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard and more, we will also be celebrating the music of Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and all the beautiful vocal harmony groups from that special decade.”

Rip It Up – Dancing Through The 50’s can be seen at The Alban Arena on Wednesday, October 4 at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £39.50, £35, £25, and VIP meet and greet £75.

• Visit The Alban Arena website at www.alban-arena.co.uk/events/rip-it-up/ for more details and to book tickets.

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