Scottish stars get ready to wow at Strictly Come Prancing
A host of inspiring dancers, including some famous Scottish faces, are getting ready to do their bit for cha-cha-charity by taking part in Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland)’s first ever Strictly Come Prancing event.
Saturday night fever is set to sweep through Glasgow’s Double Tree Hilton Hotel on 10 November, when 13 couples – including Heart Scotland radio presenters Paul Harper and Lynne Hoggan, as well as reality star Brian Matthews, formerly of GLOW – take to the dancefloor to try to impress head judge TV fashionista Gok Wan. The ‘How To Look Good Naked’ star will be joined on the judging panel by singing sensation Carol Laula, radio presenter James Smith and dancing instructor April Stuart Macrae.
To make sure they know their mambos from their rhumbas, the couples will prepare for their big night with 10 weeks of professional coaching at April’s Street Feet’s dancing studio.
Taking its lead from the hit BBC show, SBH Scotland’s Strictly Come Prancing distinguishes itself from similar events by opening up the contest to same sex couples. Encouraging inclusivity, the inaugural event will see three couples of the same sex competing for the coveted Glitterball Trophy.
All proceeds from the night will go to SBH Scotland and our services to support children, young people and families affected by lifelong disabilities spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
Strictly Come Prancing competitor, and Heart radio host, Lynne Hoggan said; “I am really looking forward to taking part in this event, I guess every girl wants to dance like Baby from Dirty Dancing at some point in their life. Plus, it's a great new way to keep me in shape and I can't wait to get all glammed up for the big night.”
Richard Donald, events manager at SBH Scotland, said: “Strictly Come Prancing is not just about raising money for the charity, it’s about flying the flag for diversity and equality, as well as having a bit of fun.
“We’ve got a great line up, and it’s shaping up to be an incredible night. All 26 dancers have committed to putting themselves through 10 weeks of training to get in the best shape possible for the big night and they are all desperate to show off their moves to Gok, and the other judges.
“We look forward to seeing them take to the stage in November, and hope to see as many people in the crowd as possible.”
Tickets for the event are now on sale online at a cost of £65 per person, or £600 for a table of 10.
Strictly Come Prancing Couples
1) Tommy Ga Ken Wan and Gareth William
2) Lynne Jones and Gregor Ewing
3) Nicola Creen and Andrew Barry
4) Julie Wallace and Jordan McCue
5) Gillian Cameron and David Jackson
6) Lynne Hoggan and Paul Harper.
7) Graham Cole and Kenny Irving
8) David Lawley and Lindsey Beatts.
9) Melissa and Michael McNaughton
10) Vicky Obahor and Brian Mathews
11) Raj Gill and Sonia Scott Mackay
12) Elizabeth Laverty and Geordie Buchanon
13) Katie Boyle and David Dodd
Strictly Come Prancing Judges
1) Gok Wan
2) Carol Laula
3) James Smith aka Mr Fabulous
4) April Stuart Macrae
Strictly Come Prancing Dance Instructors
1) Nuno Galante
2) Frederico Leao Ribeiro
3) Nicole Punton
4) Stephen Muir
5) Maria Oakes