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James Jordan

James Jordan is honest, cheeky, and tells it like it is!

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In 2006 James joined Strictly for its fourth series. During his time on the show he has danced with, to name a few, Georgina Bouzova, Gabby Logan, Cheri Lunghi and Zoe Lucker.

The foxtrot is the smoothest of the ballroom dances and as I'm a smooth guy it suits me very well.
James Jordan

In 2011 James made it to the semi-final with his partner, presenter of The One Show, Alex Jones. The popular couple made an emotional exit with fellow semi-finalists Holly Valance and Artem Chigvintsev.

Known for his outspoken banter with the judges, James finished third with psychologist partner Pamela Stephenson in 2010. His biggest success to date was getting to the final with Denise Van Outen.  

Has James met his match with this year's partner, Broadcaster Vanessa Feltz?


James was born in Gillingham, Kent and grew up in the Medway area. His mum Sharon works in a bank, whilst his father Alan is a site manager for a power station.

James started dancing at 10, and although he was only there to have fun, his teachers realised he had talent. At 15, he started competing in open dance competitions, and by 18, James was becoming very successful. This success made him work and train harder.

Once he turned 21, James could no longer take part in youth competitions, so he took a six month break from dancing. After his break, he decided to travel to Poland and have a dancing try-out with Ola Jordan. Within three weeks the pair returned to the UK.

Ola and James married in 2003. They lived in Hong Kong for four years whilst they taught dance, and now back in the UK living in Kent.

Away from dancing, James acted as head judge on Dancing on Wheels, and appeared on Tonight’s the Night.


James is a keen sportsman and loves to take part in activities such as golf and snooker.

He has been known to attend track days at Brands Hatch, a driving circuit that allows him to show his competitive streak.

In addition to owning a motorbike, James has a speedboat and loves waterski-ing and wakeboarding.

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