Outspoken Afghan Hound-lookalike Robbie Savage has signed up to be the final celebrity in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. The divisive football pundit will be joined on the BBC reality show by ex-heavyweight punchbag Audley Harrison.
The Welsh international, who retired from footy at the end of last season had been struggling to decide whether he would take part in the dancing competition, but finally put pen to paper in a deal rumoured to be worth around £50,000.
“Robbie will be great,” a BBC insider told The Sun. “He has lots of energy and doesn’t hold back when anyone gives him criticism. He had to think twice about doing it as he’s quite vain. The idea of prancing around in sequined tops and doing the splits is at odds with his macho image. But now he can’t wait to get started.”
Savage was once labelled the dirtiest player in the Premiership and racked up a total of 89 bookings during his career, yet he was only sent off twice.
He and Harrison will be joined by a host of other celebrities, including former politician Edwina Currie, astrologer Russell Grant, former Neighbours stars Jason Donovan and Holly Valance, impressionist Rory Bremner and The One Show host Alex Jones.
Completing the line-up are Sven Goran Eriksson’s ex Nancy Dell’Olio, McFly’s Harry Judd, Sixties star Lulu, Daybreak presenter Dan Lobb, former EastEnder Anita Dobson and Waterloo Road actress Chelsee Healey.
Strictly Come Dancing starts on Saturday 30th September.