Nadia Comaneci, Louis Smith, Craig Heap and Sebastien Stella have today been announced as the judges for BBC One’s new Saturday night entertainment show, Tumble.
Hosted by Alex Jones, Tumble will see show-stopping performances based on gymnastic skills and performed by 10 celebrities. This new, live six-part television show kicks off in the summer.
The show will feature showcase performances from the very best in the world of British gymnastics and circus performers, including Olympians Louis Smith and Beth Tweddle MBE, like you’ve never seen them before. Beth, Britain’s greatest-ever female gymnast will also feature as a mentor on the series.
World-renowned Olympic gymnastics legend Nadia Comaneci will act as Head Judge and is joined by London 2012 hero and Strictly Come Dancing champion Louis Smith, MBE. Completing the formidable panel are former Team GB gymnastics captain turned sports broadcaster Craig Heap and world-renowned cirque artist/aerial performer Sebastien Stella.
Nadia, famously the first-ever female gymnast to score a perfect 10 in an Olympic competition, says: “I know what it’s like to strive for that perfect 10! Your heart is pounding and your palms are sweaty, but when you step out onto that floor, or mount the bars or beam, you have to perform like your life depends on it. The celebrities are going to be put through a fitness, gymnastic and acrobatic training regime that’s like nothing they’ll ever have experienced, and I can’t wait to see the results!”
Multi-Olympic, World and European medal-winning gymnast Louis Smith offered up these words for the intrepid celebrities: “When you commit to something you’ve got to do it because you want to win. It’s got to take over your life, your every waking moment. I also know how scary it is to be on a live Saturday night entertainment show, so I’ll definitely have a bit of empathy with the celebs on that!”
Presenter Alex Jones says: “I am thrilled to be hosting this exciting new show, which is sure to offer jaw-dropping stunts and a visual spectacle. No-one has told me yet whether I will be required to don a leotard or master the balance beams, but I am willing to give it a go. If this year has taught me anything, it is that no challenge is too great or too high!”
With the full backing of British Gymnastics and The National Centre for Circus Arts, the renowned coaches are ready to turn 10 of the nation’s favourite celebrities into Saturday night sensations who‘ll face a multitude of disciplines, including tumbling, double trapeze, acrobatic gymnastics and trampolining.
Announcements for the 10 celebrities taking part in the show will be made in the coming weeks.