TOWIE's Lucy Mecklenburgh to star in BBC's gymnastics show Tumble

Published Friday, Jun 13 2014, 10:08 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Lucy Mecklenburgh has landed her first TV appearance since quitting TOWIE… she'll be a contestant on new BBC show Tumble!

The brunette star is among ten celebrities who will (try to) learn the art of gymnastics for a new Saturday primetime show.

Think Splash! without the water.

Lucy Mecklenburgh holds a public fitness session at the Trafford Centre in Manchester, England - 27 May 2014


Lucy said: "I'm scared, nervous and more excited than I can describe about Tumble! To have the opportunity to learn a new skill is a dream come true for me. Although I'm sure I'll be falling over a lot before then!"

While she's not had any experience in gymnastics in the past, we have a sneaky suspicion Lucy will actually be rather good at this.

Since leaving TOWIE, she's focused on building her fitness brand, Results With Lucy, putting fans through their paces with gruelling workouts across a whole range of activities including yoga.

Tumble will pit ten celebrities against each other as they try to win public votes.

Lucy will be up against Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding, Sugababe Amelle Berrabah, Steps star Ian 'H' Watkins and EastEnders's John Partridge. Also competing are Mr Motivator, Andrea McLean, actors Emma Samms and Bobby Lockwood.

Alex Jones will present.

BBC Commissioning Executive, Rachel Ashdown, said: "These celebrities are embarking on a gruelling training regime combining aerial and gymnastic skills. They'll use them all to deliver breath-taking performances that you'd expect from the department that also produces Strictly Come Dancing."

The celebrity contestants will be trained by professional gymnast partners, while performances will be judged by gymnasts Louis Smith and Nadia Comaneci, sports broadcaster Craig Heap, and aerial performer Sebastien Stella.

An air date is yet to be announced.

Jane Allen, British Gymnastics Chief Executive Officer, said: "This is an exciting opportunity for our sport that will enable people to view gymnastics in a whole new entertainment light. It's been rewarding for British Gymnastics to work with the BBC in providing technical support and we're all looking forward to seeing the star cast enjoy the challenges of our sport."

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