Today the BBC announces the 10 celebrities who will take part in BBC One’s new Saturday night entertainment show, Tumble.
The celebrities vaulting, tumbling and flipping 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.
BBC Commissioning Executive, Rachel Ashdown says “These celebrities are embarking on a gruelling training regime combining aerial 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.”
Amelle Berrabah says “I’ve been asked to do other shows before but this is something I genuinely wanted to do, especially because I’m so into my Health and Fitness. I’ve always loved gymnastics, I used to watch it as a kid. I’m really looking forward to the physical challenge, pushing myself and learning new skills!”
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.”
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.”
Lucy Mecklenburgh says “I’m scared, nervous and more excited than I can describe about Tumble! To have the opportunity to learn a new skill is a dream come true for me. Although I’m sure I’ll be falling over a lot before then!”
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. dominant thought which is right now, I am fabulous, fit, and soon to be an accomplished Gymnast.”
Sarah Harding says “I’m really excited but a bit nervous about what it is going to be like doing Tumble! I’m really looking forward, but also a little bit scared, about all the training I’ll be doing … but at least it beats going to the gym!”
All 10 celebrities will start training with professional partners and coaches in the coming weeks before the show kicks off this summer.
Exact scheduling will be confirmed in due course.