Angela Rippon makes exciting Strictly announcement after backlash over dance off

Rip Off Britain host Angela Rippon has taken to X (formerly known as Twitter) to announce that her Strictly journey won’t be ending any time soon.

The 79-year-old TV presenter revealed she has been added to the line-up of the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour.

Angela reposted Stereoboard’s announcement, which read: “Things are hotting up on the @bbcstrictly dancefloor, but the excitement doesn’t stop there!

“The celebrity contestants on 2024’s @SCD_Live_Tour have been revealed, featuring @ellieLleach, @TheAngelaRippon, @LaytonWilliams and more!”

Sharing her enthusiasm over the prospect of touring with the BBC show, Angela tweeted: “I’m extremely excited to announce I’m going to be joining the Strictly live tour next year.

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“I’m having the best time and I’m grateful I get to extend this Strictly journey into 2024. See you on tour! @SCD_Live_Tour.”

It comes after Angela faced criticism over her performance in the dance off, which saw her voted through to next week unanimously by the judging panel.

Angela’s victory led to Adam Thomas and his partner Luba Mushtuk being controversially eliminated from the competition.

Many viewers complained about the result, claiming they had noticed mistakes in Angela and partner Kai Widdrington’s Waltz during the dance off.

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Some fumed that Waterloo Road and Emmerdale actor Adam was “robbed”, as his emotional Rumba had trumped Angela’s routine.

Following the backlash, Angela and Kai appeared on Strictly spin-off show It Takes Two last night to discuss the eventful evening.

During the chat, Angela admitted to host Fleur East that she felt “cross” with herself over her performance.

Fleur asked of the dance off: “How did it feel for you to be in that position, Angela?”

“Oh, it was really upsetting, I was cross with myself, I think,” the star admitted.

She continued: “Yes, because clearly, I hadn’t done everything that Kai had been drumming into me during the week.

“But at the same time, I think as I said on the programme, the upside to that is we get to dance to it again.”

Angela went on to address her competitor in the dance off, sharing: “I mean, what was tough about it was of course Adam was such a lovely guy and we all absolutely adored him.

“We’ve all become great friends and so when you are the other person in the dance off you know you’re going to battle it out with someone who’s become a mate. It’s tough, it is tough.”

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