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Keep dancing with stars from the Strictly show
This year's BBC Strictly Come Dancing competition has been closer than ever with a host of talented stars vying for the title.
Now fans will be able to see the stars of the show up close when Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2014 comes to Birmingham NIA from January 17 to 19.
The celebrity line-up has now been revealed and includes model Abbey Clancy, newsreader Susanna Reid, actress Natalie Gumede, Dragon's Den entrepreneur Deborah Meaden and Westlife singer Nicky Byrne.
Abbey Clancy will hot foot it to Birmingham NIA for Strictly Come Dancing Live
Arena audiences will experience Strictly's glitz, glamour and breathtaking choreography, courtesy of judge Craig Revel Horwood, who is directing the live show for the fourth year running.
Although the live show follows the same scenario as the TV programme, it also allows Strictly fans to watch the celebrity dancing couples compete live in the arena and then vote themselves with their mobile phones.
The TV judges will also be at the event rating each dance.
Rugby legend Ben Cohen proves he has twinkle-toes
Dancing at Birmingham NIA will be Mark Benton and Iveta Lukosiute; Abbey Clancey and Alijaz Skorjanec; Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff; Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev; Deborah Meaden and Robin Windsor; Susanna Reid with Kevin Clifton, and Nicky Byrnedancing with his series 10 partner Karen Hauer. Popular professional dancer Natalie Lowe will also be joining the tour.
Will Susanna Reid be as popular live as on the BBC show?
Hosting the live show, which has a fun, family, pantomime feel about it, will be popular previous contestant Lisa Riley. She will introduce the judges taking part - Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.
Natalie Gumede stunned in the show with her dancing moves
Susanna Reid said: "Strictly is intense, absorbing, enormously demanding and endlessly enjoyable. I'm thrilled I'm going to be part of the tour, I'll be making sure I'm on top form, to put on the best show possible for the wonderful arena audiences around the country."
Westlife heart-throb Nicky Byrne couldn't wait to return to compete for the glitterball tour trophy and said: "A Strictly experience is like no other and I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the show.
After originally deciding to retire from competitive ballroom dancing and hang up my Cuban heels, I've decided to dust them off and give it one more shot to try and change Craig's mind about my dancing and all in front of live arena audiences around the country! I'm excited and ready for the challenge - I think! It's time to hit the dance floors once again."
Mark Benton brought a comedy element to his dancing in Strictly
Strictly Come Dancing, also known as Dancing With The Stars in America, is the most watched reality shows in the world. In the UK alone, its viewing figures have peaked at more than 13 million.
The television format entered the Guinness Book of World Records three years ago as the world's most successful reality television show and 48 different versions of the show have been licenced across the world by BBC Worldwide.
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STRICTLY COME DANCING THE LIVE TOUR 2014
January 17 - 19 at Birmingham NIA.
Shows are on Friday 17th at 7.30pm, Saturday 18th at 2.30pm and 7.30pm, Sunday 19th at 1.30pm and 6.30pm.
Tickets are priced at £38.50, £49.50 and £71.50 for rinkside. Available from The Ticket Factory or by calling 0844 338 8000.