Tuesday 20 August 2019

James Cracknell signs up for Strictly Come Dancing

The line-up this year includes football star Alex Scott, Made In Chelsea’s Jamie Laing and RuPaul’s Drag Race star Michelle Visage.

James Cracknell (John Walton/PA)
James Cracknell (John Walton/PA)

By Sherna Noah, PA Senior Entertainment Correspondent

James Cracknell has signed up for Strictly Come Dancing – and apologised to his children for any “embarrassment”.

The double Olympic gold medallist, 47, is the latest signing for the BBC One dancing show.

He signed up after splitting from his wife, television presenter Beverley Turner.

The father-of-three said: “I’m really looking forward to being a part of Strictly this year.

“Having spent so many years mucking around in a rowing boat with big men in tight lycra, it’s time I learned a new skill.

“I need to apologise to my kids in advance for the embarrassment.”

Cracknell won rowing gold medals at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, and earlier this year became the oldest university boat race winner.

The line-up this year includes former football star Alex Scott, Made In Chelsea’s Jamie Laing, RuPaul’s Drag Race star Michelle Visage and Paralympic champion Will Bayley.

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