Analysing 2018’s Strictly Come Dancing Lineup

September 20, 2018

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 It’s that time of year, September has arrived so that means just one thing! It’s Strictly Come Dancing time.

Every year a bunch of 15 semi-recognisable faces descend upon our screens and soon worm their way into the hearts of an openingly accepting nation, and what’s great is that we can even have a lovely little bet on it!

So without further adieu, let me run you through the 15 mischievous dancers in 2018’s Strictly Come Dancing Lineup:

Ashley Roberts

One of the lesser known Pussycat Dolls (well, they’re all lesser known compared to Nicole Sherzinger), Roberts has made a name for herself more as a C-list British celebrity than a singer these days and has appeared on a number of popular UK reality shows, quiz shows and panel shows. And I say a number, she’s appeared on loads: I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here, Dancing on Ice, The Jump, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, The Chase, Celebrity Juice, Tipping Point and the Crystal Maze to name but a few. I suppose Strictly is just the natural progression.

Charles Venn

The Venninator, The Venomous Snake, The Ven Diagram, Charles Venn will be a familiar face to those who watch their British soaps and football-related TV shows. Venn was a former Eastender appearing in the show from 2011 to 2013, appeared in Dream Team from 2001 to 2005, Footballers’ Wives in 2006, Miranda in 2014, and has now been part of the Casualty cast since 2015. The winner came from Holby City last time out, so Venn, also from a hospital-based TV show, surely has to be the early favourite.

Danny John-Jules

John-Jules has been on the acting circuit since way back in 1975, but is probably most well-known for his current role as Officer Dwayne Myers in Death in Paradise and as Cat in Red Dwarf. He’s also featured in some decent films too including the cult classics Blade, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and Sucker Punch. Decent films, but will he be decent on the dancefloor?

Faye Tozer

If you asked 100 people to name one person from Steps, how many do you think would name Faye Tozer? I reckon two, at most, and that’s just factoring in the possibility that you might have her Mum & Dad in the crowd. Tozer wasn’t really the most popular Steps member around, and she hasn’t done too much away from Steps either apart from a stint in Aladdin at Broadway Theatre in Peterborough in 2008. Gotta fill them spaces though, I guess, and she’s probably cheap.

Graeme Swann

Cricket fans will be delighted to see the charismatic spin-bowling, sprinkler-dancing, chaos-making Graeme Swann on the list. Swann was instrumental in a number of England cricket successes down the years and was a real crowd favourite thanks to his laissez-faire attitude and constant wisecracking on and off the pitch. It’ll be interesting to see how long it takes him to get the Strictly crowd onside.

Graeme Swann strictly

Joe Sugg

I have to confess, I’m not into YouTubers, streamers, or vloggers. I just don’t really get it. Maybe I’m a bit old. So I don’t actually know anything about this bloke, and I imagine the vast majority of the Strictly audience will have no idea who he is either. He is the brother of Zoella, though, who I have heard of. According to Wikipedia, “His videos consist of challenges, pranks, and impressions.” Interesting. Maybe Strictly are trying to get more young viewers involved this year.

Kate Silverton 

One of the better known BBC News presenters, Silverton has been on our screens since 1992. To be honest, I’m really struggling to write anything here. She reads the news, she’s a very good looking woman, and she reads the news. Oh, and apparently she used to be embarrassed about her size nine feet, and I reckon those big feet will be of detriment to her here. Sorry, Kate, I’m not backing you to win.

Katie Piper

What an inspirational woman Katie Piper is. For those unaware of Piper, she was an aspiring model who, in 2008, was attacked with acid by her ex-boyfriend which left her with life-changing damage to her face and vision. Piper has had her face stunningly reconstructed since and now works as a philanthropist and a TV presenter. An incredible recovery story.

Lauren Steadman

Another inspirational woman, Steadman was born without a complete right arm but that didn’t stop her becoming a world-class swimmer and triathlete. At the 2016 Rio Olympics she won a silver medal in the paratriathlon and won gold at the 2009 World Para Swimming Championships in the 4x100m relay. What a woman.


Lee Ryan 

Most people will remember Ryan as the man with the really good voice in Blue, but he was also in Eastenders until this year for some reason despite never having held an acting role before. He played a man called Woody on Albert Square and ended up stealing some money from a lass called Mo who called him a swine. Classic Woody!!

Dr. Ranj Singh 

It’s always nice to have a doctor in your mitts. Whether you’re going on a lads holiday or you’re away on a hen do, having a doctor along with you is very much advisable, so to have one on the show will be of great relief for the contestants. Singh is famous for creating the CBeebies show Get Well Soon and is apparently the resident doctor on This Morning just in case Schofield or Willoughby get sick. What a nice guy!

Seann Walsh

A very hairy human, Walsh is the sort of man who could probably treck to the North Pole in little more than a polo shirt much is the fur around every morsel of his body. But apart from having a lot of hair, Walsh is also a stand-up comedian and a very recognisable face on panel shows like 8 Out of 10 Cats, Mock The Week, QI and all that jazz. He also left school with one GCSE pass. Unfortunately, it wasn’t in dancing.

Stacey Dooley

Despite looking about 18, Stacey Dooley has been in the investigate journalism game for well over 10 years now creating shows that take a super, in-depth look into a number of gritty subjects like sex trafficking in Cambodia, child soldiers in the Democratic of Congo, and women in ISIS. Her shows, that predominantly go out on online, have received critical adulation from all quarters, and lead to her receiving an MBE for services to broadcasting earlier this year.

Susannah Constantine 

One half of the formerly-sort-of-famous Trinny and Susannah, Constantin is probably most famous for her feud with Carol Vorderman after stating that Vorderman looked like an “overdone eighties nightmare” in her list of the 20 worst-dressed celebrities back in 2003. Vorderman, though, didn’t take it lying down and snapped back referring to the pair as “Tranny and the Horse”. Not very nice at all, I hope Constantine doesn’t come out with any foul language like that on this year’s show. Oh yeah, she was also the host of What Not To Wear.

Vick Hope

Another person I know nothing about, Hope is a Capital FM DJ who also presents a number of young people’s shows like Carnage, Trending Live, and FYI Daily on young people’s TV channels like SkyOne, 4Music, and ITV 2, and along with Sugg, will provide a reference point for those pesky youngsters watching. And I tell you what, it’s certain that Hope will be hoping she does well this year! LOL.

And there we are. I’m sure a lot of you will have your favourites after the launch show, but that may change in time.

“But when does it all start,” I hear you cry. It’s Saturday 22nd September at 6.15pm live on BBC Two!

“And which sites are the best ones to bet on it?!” These ones.

Lovely stuff and remember to keeeeeep dancing!


Author: Tom Mortimer

Tom is the editor at Betting Circle and has been creating online content for over 10 years. Tom mainly writes about sport and gambling, but every now and then also delves into fleshier subjects like politics and psychology. When he was 18 he created and over the last few years he's written on a freelance basis for ESPN, WorldSoccer,, among many others.

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