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Presenter Anita Rani arrives at Blackpool Tower, followed by dance partner Gleb Savchenko

Presenter Anita Rani arrives at Blackpool Tower, followed by dance partner Gleb Savchenko

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Anita Rani and Georgia May Foote are ready for Blackpool ballroom action tonight.

The weekend marks a double celebration for the pair, who confirmed they will appear on the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour in the new year as they arrived in the resort.

Actress Georgia May Foote and dance partner Giovanni Pernice

Actress Georgia May Foote and dance partner Giovanni Pernice

Wrapped up against the elements, they were among the celebrity dancers who took time out from rehearsals at Blackpool Tower Ballroom to talk to the Gazette.

They'll get a short break between the end of the show's TV series, for Christmas, then be back in the training room in January to prepare for the month-long tour - which starts in Anita's former university city of Leeds, and will see Georgia celebrate her birthday at Wembley Arena.

"I'm going to be the old one throwing TVs out of the bedroom windows," Countryfile presenter Anita joked.

Both women are paired with handsome new professional dancers, although they have not found out who they will dance with on the tour.

Also heading out on the road will be celebrity chef Ainsley Harriot, who was knocked out of the contest several weeks ago, and Frankie Bridge, who competed last year but was pregnant and could not join the tour.

Further casting for the tour is yet to be announced.

See Blackpool Tower go live to the nation tonight at 6.50pm, followed by tomorrow's results show at 7.15pm, both on BBC1.