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Strictly Come Dancing announces sixth celebrity contestant for 2021 series

BBC handout photo of the Glitterball trophy (BBC/PA)
BBC handout photo of the Glitterball trophy (BBC/PA)

Dragons’ Den star Sara Davies is the sixth celebrity contestant to be announced for Strictly Come Dancing.

The entrepreneur and TV star, 37, will join the already announced line-up of TV presenter AJ Odudu, Peep Show’s Robert Webb and McFly star Tom Fletcher.

CBBC host Rhys Stephenson and former Bake Off winner John Whaite will also be taking to the dance floor in the BBC One series, with Whaite set to compete as part of the show’s first all-male pairing.

She said: “My mam and dad are going to be so excited.

Dragons’ Den
Sara Davies (Andrew Farrington/BBC/PA)

“I’m really nervous because so far the producers keep asking me if I can dance.

“Truth be told, I haven’t got a clue!

“I’ve not danced since I did ballet lessons when I was little.

“The business world has taught me that tenacity, drive and determination deliver results, I hope that I can bring that to the dancefloor.

“And I’m excited to see the impact of all those hours of training on my mum tum!”

Davies was revealed to be taking part on the show during an appearance on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.

Asked if there will be an audience this year, after the 2020 series went ahead without fans able to watch in the ballroom, she said: “I really hope so.

Sara Davies (BBC)

“We’re still waiting for a lot of the plans but I believe they’re going to be allowed a small studio audience, so maybe family bubbles.

“I just want my mum and dad to be there to be able to come and watch, it will just make their life.

“This is why I couldn’t tell them, not because they don’t want to keep it a secret but they’re always so bursting with pride.

“I tried to trust them with the Dragon secret and it was a disaster so I couldn’t tell them about Strictly.

“They won’t mean to leak it, but they absolutely will.”

Davies is the founder of global company Crafter’s Companion, which specialises in craft tools.

She founded the company while she was a student at university in 2005 and it now employs almost 250 people worldwide.

She joined the cast of Dragons’ Den, in which entrepreneurs get three minutes to pitch their business ideas to tycoons willing to invest their own money, in 2019, replacing Jenny Campbell.

She is the show’s youngest ever investor.

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