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Get ready to Rip it Up, with two Strictly Champions and one of the UK’s favourite dancers

~a guest blog interview with Jay McGuiness by Michelle Nicol


Featuring not one, but two Strictly Come Dancing champions, Jay McGuiness and Louis Smith, together with one of the show’s most popular professional dancers, Natalie Lowe, ‘Rip it Up‘ promises to tear up the stage at the Sage Gateshead this September.

The show brings back the sounds and moves of the 1950s with dancers, singers and musicians and Radio Two’s Leo Green leading a live band with full on brass section.

We caught up with Jay McGuiness in between costume fittings and photo calls to find out more about the show, starting with the set list that features the best of the 50s.

Jay: “I’ve hand-picked all the songs that I really enjoy singing. So there’s some Elvis, Rat Pack, Buddy Holly… I’m going to get out there and croon my little heart out.”

Jay’s not the only one who’ll be singing.  Olympic gymnast, Louis Smith will be showing us the moves that made him 2012 Strictly Champion, and also taking the mike and impressing audiences with his vocals too.

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JAY: “Lewis is very soulful, which is cool. He’s just this really laid back guy. Obviously he’s an athletic guy, so the dancing is no problem. But I’ve met him at shows and concerts and he’s this really chilled dude, who’s a lot of fun.”

Formerly a member of boy band, The Wanted, Jay McGuiness introduced himself to a brand new audience when he won Strictly Come Dancing with professional partner Aliona Vilani in 2015.

NOIN: So what’s it like dancing with new partner Natalie Lowe? 

JAY: “Amazing, Natalie’s the ballroom queen. She’s so graceful and swooping. We get a bit classy on this show.”

Rip it Up features a mix of dance styles from the 50s including swing, bop, jitterbug, lindy hop, and jive.  Jay doesn’t want to give away too many surprises just yet, but revealed he’ll be singing ‘Sway‘, first made popular by Dean Martin.

Although he won’t be reprising the Pulp Fiction inspired jive that blew audiences away on Strictly, Jay promises there plenty that’s new, dynamic and exciting in Rip it Up.  

JAY: “Working with a live band, just gives everyone that extra oomph, especially when the brass section kicks in. It gives everyone a massive burst of energy,” he says. “We really want to get people up and dancing in the aisles.”

“I really love singing on stage, I always have. And I love dancing too, so I’m going to put my all into it. With a live band behind me, that has a really special quality. It should be a night to remember.”



~a guest blog interview with Jay McGuiness by Michelle Nicol





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