British Gymnastics
13th June 2014

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Today the BBC announced the 10 celebrities who will take part in BBC One’s new Saturday night entertainment show, Tumble.

The celebrities vaulting, tumbling and flicking head-over-heels in a bid to win the public’s votes are current world boxing champion Carl Froch, Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding, fitness legend Mr Motivator, EastEnders actor John Partridge and Loose Women host Andrea McLean.  Also joining  the celebrity line-up are TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburgh, BAFTA award winning ‘Wolfblood’ actor Bobby Lockwood,  Sugababe Amelle Berrabah,  Dynasty icon Emma Samms and Ian ‘H’ Watkins from Steps.

Jane Allen, British Gymnastics Chief Executive Officer says  “This is an exciting opportunity for our sport that will enable people to view gymnastics in a whole new entertainment light.  It’s been rewarding for British Gymnastics to work with the BBC in providing technical support and we’re all looking forward to seeing the star cast enjoy the challenges of our sport.”
BBC Commissioning Executive, Rachel Ashdown says  “These celebrities are embarking  on  a gruelling training regime combining aeriel, acrobatic and gymnastic skills.  They’ll use them all to deliver breath-taking performances that you’d expect from the department that also produces Strictly Come Dancing.”

Kate White and Jane Rice-Bowen, Joint CEOs - National Centre for Circus Arts say “We’re delighted to be supporting the BBC in the development of this new show.  The most exciting thing for us is that Saturday night audiences are about to be treated to some really special circus performances from some of the leading circus artists in the UK today.”

Master of ceremonies Alex Jones will preside over each show, and judging the celebrities’ performances will be world renowned Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci, Strictly Come Dancing champion and London 2012 medallist Louis Smith, MBE, Commonwealth Games gymnastics champion turned sports broadcaster Craig Heap and world-renowned cirque artist/aerial performer Sebastien Stella.

The famous faces will be put through their paces by high flying, gravity-defying gymnasts from across the globe, whom they’ll be partnered with throughout the series.
All 10 celebrities will start training with professional partners and coaches in the coming weeks before the show kicks off this summer.

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