Tyler West reveals Strictly tour boys' nights - but Will Mellor is 'too old' for them

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Tyler West has said the Strictly Come Dancing tour cast have been enjoying catching up with boys' nights - but Will Mellor reckons he's too much of an "old man" to join in.

Kiss FM DJ West has welcomed the chance to reconnect with his good friends from the 2022 series cast of the BBC One show while they are on a live UK tour together.

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He told the PA news agency: "The boys are closer than ever. We had a boys’ night last night and we got haircuts, we played Fifa, we were living our best lives.

"It is just such an experience, you do feel like you’re a rock star on the road. So tour life, well and truly, does have my heart at the moment."

(bottom row left to right) Hamza Yassin, Jowita Przystal, Helen Skelton, Robbie Kmetoni, Ellie Simmonds, Jake Leigh, Dianne Buswell (middle row left to right) Michelle Tsiakkas, Nikita Kuzmin, Kai Widdrington, Nancy Xu, Vito Coppola, Fleur East, (top row left to right) Neil Jones, Tyler West, Luba Mushtuk, Janette Manrara, Molly Rainford, Carlos Gu, Amy Dowden, Will Mellor during the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour press launch at the Ultilita Arena, Birmingham. Picture date: Thursday January 19, 2023.
The Strictly live tour cast. (PA/Alamy) (Jacob King, PA Images)

But Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps star Mellor, who will be dancing with his professional partner from the TV contest Nancy Xu during the tour, admitted that he isn’t able to join in with the boys’ nights.

He explained: "I’m old. The Fifa, the haircuts and the parties in the rooms, years ago? Yes. Now? I need my sleep because I’ve got to dance on that floor and my knees are broken and I’m an old man!

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"Once we’re in the flow of it I can relax a bit more, but at the moment I’m still a bit paranoid about getting it wrong in front of thousands of people.

"I’m still trying to get my rest, a couple of drinks, but nothing too crazy."

Tyler West and Dianne Buswell during the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour press launch at the Ultilita Arena, Birmingham. Picture date: Thursday January 19, 2023.
Tyler West is back dancing with Dianne Buswell. (PA/Alamy) (Jacob King, PA Images)

The tour cast includes all four finalists, with winners Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal, as well as runners up Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu, Fleur East and Vito Coppola, and Helen Skelton who dances with new partner Kai Widdrington in place of Gorka Marquez who she was partnered with for the TV show.

Strictly Come Dancing Live! runs from January 20 to February 12, with 32 shows across the UK and tickets on sale now.

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