Tyler West says Blackpool Strictly performance will be ‘cherry on the cake’


Tyler West mentioned attending to carry out in Blackpool with Strictly Come Dancing would be the “cherry on high of the cake” of his expertise on the present up to now.

he Kiss FM radio DJ, 26, will probably be among the many eight remaining movie star contestants and their dance companions competing within the Tower Ballroom on Saturday because the BBC present returns to the seaside city after a two-year absence because of the pandemic.

West narrowly secured a spot for the particular present after he landed within the dreaded dance-off final week in opposition to Tony Adams – however was given a free cross after the previous England footballer was pressured to withdraw via damage.


Tyler West and Dianne Buswell will carry out a salsa to Megamix by KC and The Sunshine Band as they take to the dance ground in Blackpool (Man Levy/BBC/PA)

On the upcoming efficiency, West mentioned: “It’s such a surreal feeling. I really feel so fortunate.

“And it simply additionally looks like a little bit of reduction, realizing that you simply put in all these hours to get you so far within the present, and then you definitely’re capable of undergo and put the efficiency in Blackpool ballroom, and it’s going to be mad – truthfully, the most effective factor ever.”

The presenter added: “I believe it’s like being a part of that kind of magical second. It lastly looks like we’re again in our stride, again to kind of some normality, kind of post-pandemic.

“So it looks like that is just like the cherry on high of the cake, to be trustworthy.

“Simply considering that some boy from South London property is now dancing in entrance of thousands and thousands, it’s a surreal feeling however then to be going to Blackpool is a bit monumental.”

West and his accomplice Dianne Buswell will carry out a salsa to Megamix by KC & The Sunshine Band as they take to the dance ground in a bid to impress the judges.

West hinted his efficiency will contain “everybody transferring and grooving”.

Buswell added: “We’re doing a salsa and it’s like we’re on a soul prepare.”

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The Australian dancer, who joined Strictly in 2017, has solely danced as soon as earlier than at Blackpool – in 2018 along with her accomplice Joe Sugg, who was a finalist that 12 months.

She mentioned: “We did it and it’s a extremely particular reminiscence in my head as a result of it was the primary time Joe received a ten (rating) and he cried (and) teared up and (I had) by no means seen that aspect of him earlier than.”

Buswell mentioned she most likely is aware of extra about Blackpool than many individuals dwelling within the UK.

“I grew up in Australia however I knew about Blackpool as a result of it’s so famend for ballroom dancing and I always remember begging my mother, ‘Please can we go to Blackpool, mum?’”, she recalled.

“However clearly it was somewhat bit too removed from Australia and, you recognize, fairly costly so mum would at all times (say), ‘We are able to’t go.’”

She added: “It looks like six-year-old Diane is getting that dream that she at all times wished as a result of it’s simply such a spot for ballroom dancers to go.”

West mentioned he feels “nerves” as a result of he cares however usually feels extra “pleasure” as soon as he’s on stage.

“This can be a fully completely different self-discipline for me,” he added. “I’ve by no means danced like this earlier than ever and it’s going on the market and placing on a present in entrance of thousands and thousands.”


Ann Widdecombe and Anton Du Beke through the Strictly Come Dancing Blackpool present in 2010 (PA)

Blackpool has offered some memorable Strictly moments over time, together with former shadow chancellor Ed Balls’ entrance in 2016, when he was lowered from the ceiling enjoying a piano earlier than taking to the dancefloor to jive with Katya Jones.

One other standout dance noticed Ann Widdecombe do the samba alongside skilled accomplice Anton Du Beke, each wearing shiny yellow, with the previous Tory MP incomes the night time’s lowest rating of 13 out of 40, in 2010.

The remaining {couples} will take to the dance ground on the Tower on Saturday November 19 at 7.45pm, with the outcomes present on Sunday November 20 at 7.20pm on BBC One.

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