The BBC announced earlier today that Strictly Come Dancing will have its first feline contestants when the 2019 series returns in September.  Felix and Bolt, the Senior and Junior Pest Controllers at Huddersfield Railway station agreed terms with the show in January, but have kept the pawesome news under wraps until today.

Felix The Huddersfield Station Cat & Bolt - Strictly Come Dancing

The lack of any feline professional dancers poses a problem however, with rumours that Felix may well be partnered with Anton Du Beke.  Bolt has already set his sights on partnering with his dancing idol, Dianne Buswell who made it to the final with Joe Suggs in 2018.

Shirley Ballas admitted that the judges can be quite catty in their remarks, so it was a natural progression to actually getting a couple of cats onto the programme.  Craig Revel Horwood went on to say it was a purrfect move for the long running Saturday night show and was already looking forward to critiquing the hard working pair.  “I’m a real pussycat really” he conceded.

Former Radio 2 Breakfast show host Chris Evans confirmed he was taking part in this year’s show, and was a little shocked when he learnt he would be up against 2 of the world’s most famous felines.  “I appreciate the judges can sway the public, but what chance have I got if it’s a straight choice between me and Huddersfloof’s finest?”

Tess Daly Claudia WinklemanHosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman confirmed the move this morning.  “You’d be a fool to underestimate the impact these two magnificent moggies have had on us all” said Tess.  “Yes” agreed Claudia “the inclusion of Felix and Bolt has taken the dancing community by storm. I’ve seen them in action – admittedly it was whilst I changed trains at Huddersfield, but the way those two owned Platform 1, well what can I say?”

Felix and Bolt will be holding a live news conference at midday today.