Strictly Come Dancing stars ‘were given dog codenames’

The contestants were given dog codenames credit:Bang Showbiz
The contestants were given dog codenames credit:Bang Showbiz

‘Strictly Come Dancing’ stars were given dog codenames in a bid to keep their identity a secret.

The celebrities on the upcoming series of the long-running BBC show were all given canine-inspired aliases so their identities wouldn’t be leaked, according to the Daily Star newspaper.

‘EastEnders’ star James Bye was christened Great Dane, as he stands at over six-foot tall, while the former ‘X Factor’ star Fleur East was given the nickname Husky due to her trademark singing voice.

Kym Marsh – who starred on the ITV soap `Coronation Street’ – was known as Dalmatian, due to her favourite Disney flick being ‘101 Dalmatians’, while Tony Adams was called Greyhound because of his spindly frame.

‘Loose Women’ panellist Kaye Adams’ was given the codename Scottish Terror, which was a nod to her homeland, while Bros singer Matt Goss was called American Bulldog due to the time he’s spent in the US over recent years.

Elsewhere, Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds was called a Golden Retriever, as they both share a playful and friendly personality, and DJ Tyler West was given the name Westie.

Meanwhile, Helen Skelton recently revealed that she only agreed to appear on the BBC show “the other day”.

The 39-year-old presenter – who was known as Beagle – said: “I did the Christmas one the other year. The hair is the best, the make-up is incredible, the costumes are incredible. Who gets to go to work and be made to look a bit like Beyonce and have a fun time?

“I thought this is madness not to do it, of course I should do it, it will be so much fun.”

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