Danny Mac is the latest Strictly star to turn from straight drama (Hollyoaks for 4 years prior to Strictly) to musical theatre, being snapped up for the lead role of Sam in new musical Sleepless in Seattle, based on the Tom Hanks film. Queen of all, Alesha Dixon was a former member of R&B girl band Mis-Teeq when she debuted on Series 5 in 2007. With a faltering solo career and a relationship breakdown to contend with, her bubbly personality and magical partnership with pro partner Matthew Cutler won over both public and judges as much as her dancing skills.
Kara Tointon, Strictly Come Dancing winner 2010, has accused the BBC of ‘contriving’ her relationship with professional partner Artem Chigvintsev.
The hills are aliiiive with the sound of musiiic… or at least they will be soon, as a live broadcast of The Sound Of Music is coming to ITV around Christmas time. Ex-EastEnders star Kara Tointon will have some big boots to fill, as she’s playing the part of lead protagonist Maria alongside her Mr Selfridge co-star Katherine Kelly, who will transform into Baroness Elsa Schraeder. The Sound of Music Live! is going to be a two-and-a-half hour television dramatisation of the popular musical, which will include all of the songs from the classic soundtrack such as ‘How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria’ and ‘My Favourite Things’, so get your vocal chords ready to sing along!