Jan 23, 2013

Louis Smith,  Denise Van Outen, Dani Harmer, Lisa Riley and Fern Britton in the line up for Strictly Come Dancing in Birmingham.

Dust off those sequins, get out the fake tan and hang up the glitter ball – Strictly Come Dancing is back in Brum!

The TV show’s live tour kicks off at Birmingham’s NIA on Friday night giving fans chance to see the celebrities and their professional partners strutting their stuff.

Reigning champion, Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, will be there, along with one of the runners-up, TV presenter Denise Van Outen.

Actress Lisa Riley will be performing, as will TV presenter Fern Britton, cricketers Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan, and actress Dani Harmer.

Louis, who is partnered with Ola Jordan because TV partner Flavia Caccacia is performing in her own show with Vincent Simone, said he was hoping to repeat his success and be voted the winner every night.

He also told the Mail how he was now best known for Strictly – and not his Olympic bronze medal.

“When people come up to me now it’s all Strictly Strictly Strictly, that’s all they want to talk about,” he said.

“But I don’t mind because, if I’m honest, I found the training much harder for Strictly than for the Olympics.”

But Louis pledged that when the tour finishes on February 10 he will resume his gymnastics training, but admitted that at this stage, he was unsure if he would compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Review: Birmingham Mail

Dec 05, 2012

Due to phenomenal demand, dance troupe Diversity are to perform an extra matinee show at Birmingham’s LG Arena.

They will now two-step it in the region as they perform the additional daytime show, which forms part of their brand new tour for 2012, on Saturday, April 7. The new show is called Digitized – Trapped In A Game.

Diversity’s stint in Birmingham takes place during the Easter holidays and the 2009 Britain’s Got Talent winners will then go on to entertain at their already scheduled evening show in the city.

Last year alone Diversity performed live to over 300,000 people across the world.

Since winning Britain’s Got Talent, they have performed in front of The Queen on The Royal Variety Show, been the first act to perform outside No. 10 Downing Street in front of the Prime Minister and they starred in British smash-hit film StreetDance 3D.

Incorporating several genres of music from classical to hip-hop, their diverse eye-catching routines won the hearts of the nation.

Group leader and Choreographer Ashley Banjo said: “We are overwhelmed at how quickly tickets are selling and want to try and accommodate everyone. We are really looking forward to getting back out there with a brand new show.”

Review by: Express and Star