STRICTLY finalist Rachel Stevens and Pussycat Doll’s star Melody Thornton will be making their debut in a Seventies-style music show which heads to Bournemouth this September.

The two girls will join sporting champion Louis Smith MBE who has starred in previous Rip It Up shows. Louis shot to fame at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 by winning a bronze medal in the pommel horse, and silver medals at both the London 2012 and Rio De Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. In 2012, Louis won Strictly Come Dancing, and also the Strictly Christmas Special in 2014.

Louis said: “Every night during the Rip It Up tours I tell people these shows are the hardest thing I have ever done – even harder than competing at the Olympics and Strictly. I’m not sure everyone believes me, but I’m telling the truth. But I love dancing and relish a challenge, so I am so happy to be part of the new Rip It Up The 70s show.”

Rachel added: “I am so excited to be joining the cast. Dancing has played such an important role in my life. Like Louis, Strictly was one of the best experiences of my life, so I’m really looking forward to being involved in such an amazing production.

“And what’s not to love about the music and fashion of the 70s? It’s going to so much fun.”

Melody Thornton, who was known as Baby Doll in the multi platinum-selling Pussycat Dolls, said: “Singing, dancing, 70s pop culture and fashions are lifelong passions of mine, so I jumped at the chance to appear in Rip It Up The 70s.”

n To book tickets, visit VIP ticket packages are also available, offering fans the chance to meet Louis, Rachel and Melody and receive a signed photo.