Len Goodman to take part in Strictly live anniversary tour

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Strictly Come Dancing head judge Len Goodman will appear on the show's 10th anniversary live tour, even though the upcoming series of the dancing competition will be his last.

Len will appear alongside fellow judge Craig Revel Horwood, while former Strictly professional dancer Karen Hardy will serve as a guest judge.

 Karen Hardy and Brian Capron dancing the waltz

The tour, which will be hosted by 2015 semi-finalist and Countryfile presenter Anita Rani, will feature many celebrities from the highly-anticipated 14th series of the show, which will air on BBC One later this month.

Anita Rani with partner Gleb Savchenko pose for a photo during the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2016

They will be joined by their professional dancers to recreate their most popular dance routines from the competition for the judges' scores and for votes from the arena audiences, who can pick their favourites via text message and have the power to decide who wins the coveted Glitter Ball Trophy at the end of each show.

The 30-show tour will open at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on January 20 2017 and will visit Newcastle, Sheffield, Glasgow, Nottingham, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool and London.

Melvin Odoom, Anastacia, Greg Rutherford, Laura Whitmore, Daisy Lowe, Ed Balls, Louise Redknapp, Danny Mac, Tameka Empson, Will Young, Ore Oduba, Claudia Fragapane, Judge Robert Rinder, Lesley Joseph and Naga Munchetty

Len said: "The live tour always has such a great atmosphere and the 10th anniversary tour will definitely be one to remember, especially as this will come as I complete my final year on the TV series as head judge. Rest assured audiences, this tour will be a 10 from Len!"

Craig, who will direct the extravaganza for the seventh year, added: "I am very pleased to be back on tour with legendary Len and also welcoming Karen to the tour's judging panel. This 10th year is going to be bigger and better than ever before. We'll be pulling out all the stops to make sure that this anniversary tour is the best yet!"

Tickets for the tour go on sale at 10am on September 23.