What d’you mean you’re dancing the cha-cha-cha? Yes, appearing on The One Show today, it was confirmed that Danny John-Jules will be a contestant in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing. We’ve heard rumours that his dance partner is going to be a CGI Blue Midget.
— BBC Strictly✨ (@bbcstrictly) August 13, 2018
Yes, Danny on Strictly, the show that pairs professional dancers with celebrities that are not famed for their dancing. It’s usually sports stars, newsreaders, people who have performed in Starlight Express and Cats in the West End, people like that. They’ve had plenty of contestants with some dancing experience before, mostly from boy/girl bands and the like, but I don’t think they’ve ever had someone with quite this much dancing experience. The BBC article announcing his participation contains this line:
So we know he can act, but can he dance? It won’t be long until we find out!
Well, yes. Yes, he can. Mind you, the article also states that there are 52 episodes of Red Dwarf, and implies that he went from Dwarf to Death In Paradise, rather than appearing in both at the same time, so perhaps they haven’t quite done enough research into their new signing.
Still, it will give him an advantage in the competition, which is good news for Strictly fans, but potentially bad for Red Dwarf fans. He’s most likely still going to be in the ballroom every Saturday night when Dimension Jump weekend rolls around in early October, plus this pretty much confirms what was already incredibly likely – they’re not going to be shooting any new Red Dwarf in this anniversary year, then.
Still, we’ll be tuning in – this is a great fit for both Danny and the show. If nothing else, there’s bound to be Red Dwarf references aplenty going out in prime time on BBC One. Petition to get him to dance to Tongue Tied starts here.