Judge Rinder to guest star in Manchester on Strictly Come Dancing UK tour


Judge Rinder is to join the Strictly Come Dancing UK tour during its stop-off in Manchester.

The television judge will be dusting off his dance shoes for the three shows in February.

The announcement comes after it was revealed former Labour MP Ed Balls will have to miss the Manchester performances because of prior commitments.

Judge Rinder and Oksana
Judge Rinder and Oksana (BBC)

But fans will now be given the opportunity to see guest star Judge Rinder and partner Oksana Platero, who reached week 11 of the dance competition before being eliminated.

He said: "I'm delighted to be joining the Strictly tour in Manchester and I'm particularly excited to be performing in such an enormous arena.

"I can't wait to share my love of dance in such an amazing city."

Judge Rinder and Oksana
Judge Rinder in training (Peter Byrne/PA)

He will be reunited with fellow series 14 contestants Louise Redknapp, Danny Mac, Ore Oduba, Daisy Lowe and Lesley Joseph at the Manchester Arena.

Head judge Len Goodman and Craig Revel Horwood will also appear on the 30-date tour, while Ed will bring his pony-dancing and hip-thrusting back to the dance floor for the rest of the live performances.

Dance lovers will be able to see the BBC's flagship TV show come to life in cities across the country, including Newcastle, Sheffield, Leeds and London.

The 10th Strictly Come Dancing tour will open at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on January 20.