ONE of the guest acts performing at next month’s Strictly Northampton show at Royal & Derngate has been revealed.
Xrya – a five-piece girl band which includes former Miss Northampton, Nadina Knight – narrowly missed out on a place in the live finals of the current series of ITV’s The X Factor.
The band was praised by judge Gary Barlow for their vocal harmonies and unique arrangements.
Nadina, who was crowned Miss Northampton in 2012 and the first winner to reach the national final, said: “Although we didn’t make it to the live X Factor shows our journey hasn’t ended there.
“We are working hard to create new fresh sounds and performing and making appearances all over the UK.”
As well as the evening Strictly Northampton show on Saturday November 23, Xyra will also perform in Junior Strictly Northampton earlier in the day.
Nadina will also be one of the judges on the evening.
Andrzej Mialkowski, founder of Step By Step Dance School which is producing the Strictly Northampton shows, said: “We are so pleased to welcome Nadina to this year’s Strictly Northampton as a judge, as only last year she was competing for the Strictly title on this very stage.”
All the contestants have now been paired up with their semi-professional dancers and have also chosen their routine for the night.
The pairings are as follows (contestant first, followed by Step By Step dancer):
n Musician Joe Church – Belinda Quilter
n University of Northampton, Stephanie Boak – Shaun Bancroft
n General manager of The Red Lion, East Haddon, Joe Buckley – Anna Fijalkowska
n Former Old Northamptonians rugby player, Kieran O’Conner – Laura Catchpole
n Businessman and borough councillor Tony Anselll – Doris Shierer
n Lawyer Sarah Banner – Graeme Hall
n Firefighter Martin Parsons – Hannah Fowler
n Businesswoman and previous BBC Apprentice contestant Katie Wright – Jonathan Hawkins
n Chronicle & Echo advertising display manager Stacey McFaul – Gabriel Gospodin
n International opera singer Alison Roddy – Douglas Jones
n Northamptonshire County cricketer Steven Crook – Ruth Supple
n Paramedic team leader Charlotte Hedditch – John Sullivan
n Dr Naomi Caldwell – Jamie Earle
n Fong Spa manager, Bobbie Keane – Bohdan Piotrowski
n Fitness trainer Lee Andrew– Lesley Farmer
n Businessman James Nunn – Linda Stanley.
Strictly Northampton is sponsored by Fong Spa and is produced in association with The University of Northampton, Step By Step Dance School, the Chronicle & Echo, BBC Northampton and Image magazine.