Strictly: Layton Williams announces he’s joined the cast of 2023
Layton Williams has shared one major detail about his partner on Strictly Come Dancing for the upcoming series of the BBC show.
The musical theatre star, who also appeared in BBC comedy series bad education, will take to the dance floor this autumn in an attempt to win the coveted glitterball trophy.
While the celebrities’ professional dance partners for this year have not yet been announced, Layton has confirmed that he will “100%” be in a same-sex pairing.
Other previous same-sex pairings for the show have included Nicola Adams and Katya Jones, Giovanni Pernice and Richie Anderson and John Whaite and Johannes Radebe.
The latter couple made it all the way to the Strictly finals, proving that such pairings can be hugely effective on the dance floor.
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Today, Layton tweeted in view of his 48,900 followers on X, formerly known as Twitter: “So, yesterday I feel like I was finally Strictlyfied.
“The glitz, the glamour. Recorded my VT which was fab,” he added with a “mind blown” emoji.
“Next moment is the photo shoot. The lewk is GIVING! Exciting,” he added. (sic)
“Ps – I don’t know who my partner is lol and even if I did it’s giving [zipper mouth emoji],” he wrote in a follow-up tweet, confirming the identity of his partner remains total secret.
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“We genuinely don’t know until that very moment in screen. Wild right?!”
One follower named Joel then quizzed: “Who do you practice with then…?”
“I haven’t started rehearsals yet. Just filming, shoots & launch atm,” Layton confirmed.
Another follower named Lucy then asked: “Are you allowed to request a man/woman or is that totally random too?”
“I’m 100% gonna be paired up with a man,” Layton replied definitively with two dancing emojis.
Competing alongside Layton this year are stars including Nigel Harman, Jody Cundy, Ellie Leach, Nikita Kanda, Angela Rippon and Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Bobby Brazier.
Les Dennis, Annabel Croft, Amanda Abbington, Adam Thomas, Zara McDermott, Angela Scanlon and Eddie Kadire are all also taking part.
Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One and BBC iPlayer in autumn 2023 with further details about the air date and start time to be confirmed.
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