PREVIEW: Strictly Come Dancing, Newcastle Arena

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THE Strictly Come Dancing series may draw to a glittering close this weekend.

But the stars won’t be hanging up their dance shoes just yet.

They’ll be getting back into the swing of things for a national tour which brings them to the North East for three shows over two days.

The audience can look forward to a brand new live tour judging panel, featuring the legendary Craig Revel Horwood, who will be joined by the winners of the 2008 BBC1 Strictly series Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup.

Plus, celebrities from this year’s series Simon Webbe from Blue and Radio 1’s Scott Mills will join Frankie Bridge, Thom Evans, Caroline Flack, Mark Wright and Alison Hammond on the tour. Completing the line-up is Strictly favourite Zoe Ball, who will host the tour.

Simon Webbe said: “I jumped at the chance to join the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour and carry on my dance journey just that bit longer. I was really nervous at the beginning of the series but now I’m having so much fun and don’t want it to end. I hope all the Blue fans will come along to support me and vote – I want to be able to lift that Strictly Glitterball trophy with Kristina in front of the audiences across the country.”

Radio 1 star Scott Mills was the fifth celebrity to leave the BBC1 series this year. He will be reunited with his dance partner Joanne Clifton on the tour.

Scott said: “Being on the biggest show on television has been amazing. It’s been a brilliant experience to learn the routines, something I thought I would never do! Now I’ll be showing off my unique new talent to fans of Strictly across the country as part of the Live Tour. It’s going to be a busy few weeks – but I can’t wait.”

For tickets, ring 0844 493 6666.