Strictly contestant Katie McGlynn’s amazing dance with former show stars resurfaces

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Strictly Come Dancing and soap fans were cheering as former Corrie star Katie McGlynn was unveiled as the seventh contestant joining this year’s Strictly live on BBC Breakfast – just ahead of the show’s own host Dan Walker being named as the eighth!

And the 28-year-old actress, who had Corrie fans crying buckets when as the newlywed Sinead Tinker she died tragically from cancer last year, was delighted that the news was finally out there.

Katie said: 'It's been so hard keeping it a secret, but I can finally say that I'm getting ready to shake my shimmy and become part of the Strictly family!

'I'm really not a dancer, but I'm so excited to learn a new skill on this crazy journey and cannot wait to slip into some sequins along the way.’

However fans may remember that we have seen Katie strut her stuff before.

And it looks like hanging out with some former Strictly contestants might have inspired her to sign up for the Saturday night stalwart.

For back in March 2020, she joined a street dance crew called Don8, to appear on The Greatest Dancer for Sport Relief. And her fellow dancers were none other than former Strictly champion Louis Smith, 2019 contestant Saffron Barker and HRVY, who went on to make the Strictly final alongside Janette Manrara last year.

Katie claimed to be nervous about the performance, but when the quartet danced to Sigala and Becky Hill’s Wish You Well, they delighted the judges who named them winners.

Yet when Ashley Banjo asked Katie how she felt, the modest star joked, ‘You know what I’m just glad I didn’t fall down the stairs!’

The all-star dance contest was packed with surprises. For Cheryl, who judged The Greatest Dancer alongside Matthew Morrison, Oti Mabuse and Todrick Hall, screamed with delight when she realised that Don8’s opposition, Encore, included none other than her best friend and former Girls Aloud bandmate, Kimberley Walsh.

The singer turned West End star, who herself excelled on Strictly, performed alongside other former Strictly stars Alexandra Burke, Jay McGuinness and Harry Judd, as well as I’m A Celebrity star Sam Quek.

Yet even with two former winners – Harry and Jay – among their number, Encore couldn’t defeat Don8 on the night.

When the show aired fans predicted a Strictly appearance for Katie. But while it was actually HRVY who made the line up, Katie’s now ready to face judges Shirley, Anton, Craig and Motsi a year later.

Katie is best known for her role as Weatherfield’s Sinead Tinker, for which she was BAFTA nominated and won a National Television Award for Best Serial Drama Performance in 2020.

Prior to that she was a regular in Waterloo Road and since quitting the cobbles she has appeared in BBC One drama The Syndicate. Most recently she’s been seen in Hollyoaks as mysterious newcomer Becky Quentin.

But after her traumatic storyline in Corrie, the Rochdale-born actress says she’s ready to lighten things up.

'Although I do get to have so much fun as an actress, a lot of my roles have involved quite serious and challenging storylines, so I'm fully ready to let my hair down and do something different, even if it is completely outside of my comfort zone.’

And as she looks forward nervously to taking to the Strictly dancefloor, it seems Katie is still she’ll lose her footing, despite her Sport Relief victory.

'I can't promise that I'll be the best, but I'm going to give it 110 per cent on the dance floor!’ she said of her Strictly signing. ‘As long as I don't fall over I'll be happy.'

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