Harry Judd weighed in on McFly co-star Tom joining Strictly Come Dancing (Picture: WireImage)
The Strictly Come Dancing line-up for 2021 is starting to take shape as the first three celebrity contestants have been announced.
On Wednesday Strictly fans heard the news that McFly guitarist Tom Fletcher, presenter AJ Odudu and comedian Robert Webb are heading to the dance floor later this year.
Speaking to The One Show hosts Alex Jones and Amoj Rajan, Tom, 36, said he felt ‘equal parts excited and terrified’ but confessed he feels ‘naked without a guitar’ – a big part of his day job.
As well he might feel terrified as he is following in the footsteps of McFly band mate and former Strictly champion Harry Judd. He and professional dancer Aliona Vilani won the 2011 series.
The drummer had a message for Tom which was read out during tonight’s episode, joking that he would be more than happy to rub his Glitterball in his pal’s face if he doesn’t triumph.
Presenter Alex shared Harry’s words, saying: ‘I’m so pleased he’s doing Strictly. It’s a win-win for me because if he wins it’s great because he’s my mate and band mate and I’ll be so pleased for him.
Harry won Strictly in 2011 with Aliona Vilani (Picture: BBC)
‘But if he doesn’t win even better because I can always remind him of who did.’
Tom laughed in response as Robert quipped: ‘Typical Harry’.
The dad-of-three shared that his friend has already given him lots of advice, saying that he ‘can’t shut Harry up about Strictly’ and he was encouraged to sign up by seeing what a great time his friend had.
Tom and Harry are in McFly alongside bassist Dougie Poynter and guitarist Danny Jones. The group have been together on and off since 2003.
The next Strictly star will be announced on BBC Radio 2 on Thursday morning.
When does Strictly 2021 start?
We have no official start date for Strictly Come Dancing 2021 yet as the celebs will only just be starting rehearsals for the launch.
Last year’s launch aired on October 17 and the live shows kicked off a week later.
This series will reportedly run for around 13 weeks.
Who are the Strictly 2021 judges?
Who won Strictly 2020?
Comedian and actor Bill Bailey shocked the nation with his fancy footwork, which earned him the Glitterball trophy alongside dance partner Oti Mabuse.
Strictly Come Dancing returns later this year on BBC One.