World Table Tennis Paralympic Champion Will Bayley MBE is the tenth celebrity contestant confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2019.
'Strictly Come Dancing' announced their tenth celebrity dancer in Table Tennis Champion Will Bayley MBE and he is "so proud" to be part of the show. A big Strictly fan Julia Hartley-Brewer came with the news on her Talk Radio breakfast show on Monday morning.
Will was born with arthrogryposis, which can affect one's all four limbs but he won't let it fail and insists he wants to prove people that he can do it.
I’m so proud to be on the show; it’s my family’s favorite show. I have no dance experience at all, but I hope I can do well. I want to inspire people with a disability - that would mean a lot to me. I want to prove to people I can do this.
The news comes only moments after RuPaul's Drag Race star Michelle Visage was announced as the ninth celebrity dancer for the show. The two newcomers join David James, Chris Ramsey, Emma Barton, Saffron Barker, Catherine Tyldesley, Mike Bushell, Karim Zeroual, Emma Thynn and according to the latest announcement, Jamie Laing as the final celebrity dancer. The group will pair up with the pro dancers in various stages of the show.
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The 31-year-old is classified as a Class 7 Paralympic athlete who won consecutive gold and silver medals in the London 2012 and Rio 2016 games. He started playing tennis since he was seven, after he was diagnosed with cancer.
Will was awarded an MBE in January 2017 for services for Table Tennis and was training to defend his Paralympic title at the Tokyo 2020 games during the announcement. But he returned after the big reveal and confessed his condition would massively affect his performances.
The crew of four judges (Motsi Mabuse, the new judge), 18 pro-dancers (Nancy Xu, the new pro-dancer) and 11 celebrity dancers are all confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2019, and the show will commence this autumn on BBC One lightning up the televisions on Saturday and Sunday nights.