Move over Strictly Come Dancing — here comes Strictly Come Prancing.
Dundee’s answer to the BBC TV hit show was launched on Tuesday night at DC Thomson’s Meadowside HQ and is already shaping-up to be the most talked about charity event of the year.
A dozen local couples will battle it out at a glitzy dance-off at the Apex Hotel in November in front of a panel of judges headed by celebrity style guru Gok Wan.
But before that they will spend the next three months honing their moves to step-perfection before they strut their stuff in front of an audience of hundreds of people to raise cash for children’s charity Help for Kids.
The event is being supported by the Evening Telegraph, radio station Wave FM and the Overgate Shopping Centre.
During the launch, the 12 couples were unveiled and received a video message of support from TV star Gok after posing for their first photo shoot.
The brave contestants now have 12 weeks to get their routines just right before they perform at the Apex marquee venue on November 17.
Some of the couples taking part in Strictly Come PrancingThey will choose their own routines, costumes and music and on the night there will be plenty of audience participation as people will be able to vote for the pair who impress them most.
The climax of the competition will be a dance-off between the two couples who gather the most points from the judges and the audience.
And the dancing won’t end there – after the Prancing, Gok himself will be stepping behind the decks for a DJ set.
Stacey Wallace, charity manager for Help for Kids and one of the Strictly Come Prancing
organisers, said: “It is going to be a glitzy night – people will be greeted with a glass of fizz
and they’ll enjoy a three-course meal.
“All of our judges come from a strong theatre and dance background, but Gok is the face of Strictly Come Prancing and really supports the event.
“The evening is about having fun and raising money for charity.
“We’d like to thank everyone who has given their support so far.”
Among the couples dancing for glory are Evening Telegraph features writer Amy Hall and sports reporter Calum Woodger.
The Tele’s own Amy Hall and Calum Woodger are one of the couples.Amy said: “I can’t wait to get out there on the dancefloor in the coming weeks, let’s hope those disco dancing classes my mum and dad paid for when I was a wee girl will help me, although I think I am most excited to meet Gok Wan.
“The event is for a great cause and I hope we can raise as much money as possible.”
Tele editor Andrew Kellock said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Strictly Come Prancing which I think is going to be a fantastic event.
“All the couples who have signed up to dance are very brave, but they’re going to have a great time, and most importantly they’re going to be raising money for a charity which makes a real difference to the lives of children and families in Dundee and beyond.”
Tickets are on sale at eventbrite.