Strictly Come Dancing Live tour 2014 set for Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham and more

Mark Benton, Abbey Clancy and Natalie Gumede set to appear in live show

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This article is from 2014.

Strictly Come Dancing Live tour 2014

Mark Benton

There’s something about watching an underdog learn and grow that brings out the best in all of us. Year after year, the lineup on Strictly Come Dancing features a healthy mix of professional dancers, celebrities with aptitude and a few comedy turns with no hope of making it within sniffing distance of the final.

It’s the latter category that the BBC TV show does so well. Unlike its Saturday night contemporary, The X Factor, where less able contestants send mental health alarm bells ringing, Strictly’s ‘losers’ are winners in their own right, picking up a new skill, getting fitter and dancing their way into the public’s heart.

Waterloo Road star Mark Benton was one such case in the recent series. So it’s great to see that alongside more proficient celebrity contestants (Abbey Clancy, Natalie Gumede), Benton will be joining the show’s upcoming live tour.

Best known for his off-kilter moves to MC Hammer’s ‘U Can’t Touch This’, Benton will be reprising the routine on stage. ‘So many people come up to me and say they loved it,’ he says, ‘that it would be rude not to do it. But we’d love to put more content into the dance on the live show.’

Benton lost three stone working on the show, and won himself a legion of fans, who he’ll be looking to at the SSE Hydro, where audiences can vote for their favourites via their phones.

‘I’m looking forward to the dates in Glasgow,’ he says. ‘It’s where we film Waterloo Road and it’s a great city. I’m half Scottish, my mum’s from Ayrshire, so I have strong ties to Scotland and it will be thrilling to be back.’

SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Sat 1–Sun 2 Feb

This article is from 2014.

Strictly Come Dancing 10th Anniversary Live Tour

Celebrities, professional dancers and judges take the popular BBC TV show on the road.

Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Sat 21 Jan 2017

£51.90 / 0871 945 6000

Sun 22 Jan 2017

£51.90 / 0871 945 6000

First Direct Arena, Leeds

Thu 2 Feb 2017

£51.10 / 0844 248 1585

Liverpool Echo Arena & Convention Centre

Tue 7 Feb 2017

£51.10 / 0844 800 0400

Wed 8 Feb 2017

£51.10 / 0844 800 0400

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