Louisa Lytton and Vincent Simone flying UK flag for Eurovision Dance Contest
Strictly Come Dancing favourites join forces to take on Europe
Reuniting for the first time since they wowed the crowds with
their Strictly Come Dancing routines, former EastEnders actress
Louisa Lytton and her professional partner Vincent Simone will go
back to the ballroom one more time as they represent the UK in
this year's Eurovision Dance Contest airing on BBC One on
Saturday 6 September.
Invited to represent the nation at the second annual showcase of
the continent's most complex choreography and riveting routines,
Louisa and Vincent will waltz it out in the city of Glasgow in an
effort to be crowned champions of European dance.
ever Strictly Come Dancing contestant, and currently starring in
The Bill, Louisa competed in series four alongside other famous
faces including Mark Ramprakash, Matt Dawson and Emma Bunton.
This time Louisa and Vincent are striving to reach the top spot
as they bring together elements of Latin and Ballroom for a one-chance, freestyle performance to incorporate the nation's dancing
Fronting the sequin-showered spectacular are Graham Norton and
Claudia Winkleman, who return to present the second instalment of
the electric European dance tournament.
Strictly Come Dancing
stalwarts Len Goodman and Craig Revel Horwood, who make up two of
the fearsome foursome judging panel, will comment on the
performances and artistic content.
Hosting the event, the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) will welcome dancing couples from countries across Europe.
Each nation's dance entrants are made up of one professional
performer and one non-professional, usually a celebrity.
winning couple will have to overcome the unpredictable
scoreboard which reflects the public phone vote from across the
There is added pressure, as well, with a panel
of judges overseeing the proceedings. Their scores will
contribute to a proportion of the final result.
retain their crown or is an upset on the cards in the eagerly
anticipated dancefloor extravaganza?
Notes to Editors
Louisa Lytton rose to fame in 2005 after
landing the role of Ruby Allen in the BBC One's EastEnders, which
she went on to play for two years. She appeared on Strictly Come
Dancing in late 2006 and recently toured around the country with
the Strictly Come Dancing tour. Currently Louisa stars as PC Beth
Green in The Bill.
Vincent Simone is best known for his steps
on Strictly Come Dancing. He first appeared on the fourth series,
pairing up with Louisa Lytton to reach the quarter-final. Vincent
returned for the fifth series where he and partner Stephanie
Beacham were eliminated in the second week. Originally from
Italy, Vincent is a professional dancer and teaches with his
dance partner Flavia Cacace, another favourite on Strictly Come
Eurovision Dance Contest is a co-production
between Splash Media and Sunset + Vine with assistance from the
International DanceSport Federation and in association with the
European Broadcasting Union.
Press accreditation is not finalised and will not open
until nearer the time of broadcast.