A Question of Sport team captain Ugo Monye has been confirmed for the 2021 series of Strictly Come Dancing, joining the likes of Adam Peaty MBE, Judi Love, Rose Ayling-Ellis, Nina Wadia, and more

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Ugo Monye revealed as final celebrity to join Strictly Come Dancing

Ugo Monye has been confirmed as the final and 15th celebrity to take part in Strictly Come Dancing 2021.

The former professional rugby player and A Question of Sport team captain, 38, was announced to be taking part during the instalment of Channel 4 series The Lateish Show on Friday.

As host Mo Gilligan asked Ugo if he was excited, he simply replied: “Very!”

“You got moves?” Mo then asked, as Ugo said: “Everyone’s got moves! The way everyone can sing in the shower!”

But Mo declared: “You need move moves, you’re representing the black community man!”

“I back myself,” Ugo added.








Ugo Monye has been confirmed as the final and 15th celebrity to take part in Strictly Come Dancing 2021
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“But genuinely when I’ve danced previously, I’ve probably had a few drinks in me, so dancing sober in front of the nation will be a brand new experience for myself. I’m looking forward to that.”

The sports pundit was the third celebrity to be announced on Friday, following the twin reveals that both Olympic gold medalist Adam Peaty MBE and Loose Women star Judi Love would be taking part in the 2021 series.

Ugo’s involvement in Strictly was first reported last month but has now finally been confirmed.

The news of Ugo’s involvement also comes after The Mirror revealed him as a new team captain for A Question of Sport only last month.








A Question of Sport’s Ugo Monye has been confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2021
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He will be joined by the former professional hockey player Sam Quek as the other team captain, while Paddy McGuinness will be the show’s new host, replacing Sue Barker.

Ugo had a prolific career in rugby prior to becoming a sports pundit, having played 14 times for England in the past, another 241 times for club Harlequins and also twice for the British & Irish Lions in 2009.

He won the European Rugby Challenge Cup and also won both the Second Division and Premiership title with the Harlequins.








Ugo Monye was announced as a new team captain for A Question of Sport last month
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Ugo is also known for presenting the Rugby Union Weekly podcast for the BBC and his professional partnership with journalist Chris Jones. He has also been a BT Sports pundit.

On Thursday it was announced that EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis would be the first deaf contestant to take part in Strictly Come Dancing.

The Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite is also due to become the first contestant to dance in a same-sex male couple.








Olympic gold medalist Adam Peaty was also announced to be taking part earlier on Friday
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Other celebs confirmed for the series include TV chef Tilly Ramsay, former EastEnders star Nina Wadia, CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson, comedian and actor Robert Webb, TV presenter AJ Odudu, The Crown actor Greg Wise, Hollyoaks star Katie McGlynn, BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker, Dragon’s Den star Sara Davies and McFly star Tom Fletcher.

The judging panel this year will comprise Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, and Anton Du Beke.

*Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One later this year.

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