Lee Ryan is set to follow in the footsteps of his fellow band mate Simon Webbe when he participates in the 16th series of BBC ballroom dancing competition Strictly Come Dancing this September. The official announcement came on today’s episode of Loose Women.
To date 12 of the participating celebrities have been announced. In addition to Lee, the line up is set to include Steps singer Faye Tozer, Red Dwarf actor Danny John Jules, Pussy Cat Doll Ashley Roberts, investigative journalist Stacey Dooley, BBC newsreader Kate Silverton and YouTube sensation Joe Sugg.
Lee is best known for being one quarter of boy band blue who in their eighteen year history notched up 11 top ten UK singles including three number ones; ‘Too Close’, ‘If You Come Back’ and duet with Elton John ‘Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word’. After a six year hiatus, the band got back together in 2011 to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest. Their song ‘I Can’ totalled 100 points and finished 11th in the Grand Final, one of the UK’s better results in recent years.
In recent years, the members of Blue have participated in a number of reality TV shows including Celebrity Big Brother (Lee Ryan, 2014), I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! (Antony Costa, 2005 and Simon Webbe, 2008), the Big Reunion (all members) and of course Simon Webbe’s runner up placing in Strictly Come Dancing in 2014. As well as this, the band have tried their hand at acting with Lee Ryan appearing in Eastenders, Duncan James in Hollyoaks and Antony Costa in Casualty.
The boys have also been busy making new music with Simon Webbe’s third solo studio album ‘Smile’ being released last year, while Lee Ryan fuelled rumours of a new sixth album from Blue when he posted a photo with the caption ‘#6’ in April 2017. As of yet no new songs have materialised.