Who is Seann Walsh? Meet the Strictly Come Dancing 2018 contestant and comedian

Will funnyman Seann be the comedy contestant, or could he be laughing all the way to the final?

Strictly Come Dancing is back! The BBC has revealed that Seann Walsh will be stepping out on the dancefloor this year – get to know him a little better.

Revealed as a Strictly contestant: Seann Walsh joined newsreader Kate Silverton to be the second pair of contestants revealed by The One Show. They were announced on Friday, August 17.

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Age: 32

Occupation: Comedian

The Curse of Strictly: Each year, the show is known for breaking up couples as celebrities spend months in the training room with their partners.

But Seann was just three performances into Strictly when he was filmed drunkenly kissing his dance partner Katya Jones in the street.

Strictly fans were outraged as Katya is married to fellow pro dancer on the show Neil Jones, and Seann had chosen to go on the night out with Katya on his girlfriend Rebecca Humphries' birthday, leaving her at home alone.

Actress Rebecca dumped her cheating boyfriend and released a powerful open letter about his behaviour during their relationship, but Seann and Katya remained on the BBC show.

In the first week following the revelations, they avoided being in the bottom two and the following week, despite being in the dance off against talented competitor Vick Hope they were chosen to stay, leading to cries of fixing to keep ratings high as viewers tuned in to see the awkward scenes play out.

Fellow competitor Graeme Swann revealed that the comedian had not had a sense of humour about the whole debacle when he tried to crack a joke about it backstage.

Also known for: Seann is a popular comedian on the British comedy circuit and has toured his own shows around the UK, as well as appearing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Viewers may recognise him from appearances on panel shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats, Mock the Week and Celebrity Juice.

He has also been featured on Tonight at the London Palladium, Alan Carr’s New Year’s Specstacular, and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.

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He said: “Having seen videos of me dancing on friends’ phones from the night before, it’s safe to say I’m petrified but also so excited. I’m really looking forward to the lifts, the Lycra and the laughs, although as Craig would probably say ‘dancing is no laughing matter dahhhhling…’.”

Strictly partner: Katya Jones

Weekly dances and scores:

Week 1 - Tango to SexyBack by Justin Timberlake - 18

Week 2 - Jive to I'm Still Standing by Elton John - 15

Week 3 - Paso Doble to The Matrix theme - 30

Week 4 - Charleston to Bills by Lunchmoney Lewis - 28

Week 5 - Quickstep to Lightning Bolt by Jake Bugg - 24

Week 6 - Viennese Waltz to I Put a Spell on You by Screamin' Jay Hawkins - 20

Placed: Seann was the fifth celebrity to be voted out, losing his place in the contest in Halloween-themed week six. He placed 11th.

Seann and Katya's elimination was the most anticipated the show has ever seen, thanks to the tabloid furore surrounding their kiss and a controversial decision in week five which saw them saved over Vick Hope and Graziano Di Prima.

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