Ugo Monye is the 15th and final contestant.
The England and British & Irish Lions star retired from playing rugby in 2015 and has since moved into sports presenting, hosting coverage for BT Sport and ITV, alongside the BBC 5 Live Rugby Union Weekly podcast. He’s also set to take over as one of the new team captains on A Question of Sport. As rugby fans know, Monye has a witty, sparky personality, a competitive streak and a sharp dress sense that will make him perfect for Strictly.
“What a dream come true! Strictly is the biggest entertainment show on TV and I can’t wait to show everyone I’ve got more than just dad dancing moves,” Monye said. “My two beautiful daughters never had a chance to see me on the rugby pitch, so to know they can watch me waltzing and twirling every week is really special to me. I love an outfit at the best of times, so bring on the sequins!”
And who are the judges?
Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas are all returning to the judges’ seats. But despite his gallivanting around the UK with Craig for his road-trip series, long-standing judge Bruno Tonioli will be sitting this one out, due to uncertainty around Covid-19 travel restrictions.
His loss is Anton Du Beke’s gain. Du Beke joined Strictly during its first series and is the only professional dancer to have danced in every series to date. Can he compete with Tonioli’s barbed charm? Only (quick-)time will tell.
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One next month