Ian 'Hyperactive' Watkins, the Steps member is about to join a BBC reality show, wherein he could use his boundless energy to good use. The new show is not about dancing, but is about gymnastic. Watkins is among the celebrities Saturday night show Tumble, that will be presented by Welsh presenter Alex Jones.
Tumble will challenge 10 celebrities as they learn gymnastic skills that they are going to perform live in a six-part show that starts in summer. Other celebrities that are included are TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburgh and Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding. All of the celebrities will undergo a multitude of disciplines that include tumbling, double trapeze, acrobatic gymnastics and trampolining.
World-renowned Olympic gymnastics legend, Nadia Comaneci is going to be the Head Judge and the other judge is London 2012 hero and Strictly Come Dancing champion Louis Smith, MBE.
For now, the other celebrities that would compete in the show are not confirmed, but other celebrities that might appear on the show include EastEnders star John Partridge, former Dynasty actress Emma Samms, Mr Motivator and Loose Women panelist Andrea McLean.
For Ian, from Cwmparc near Treorchy, the reality show isn’t going to be his first time as he has taken part of the reality show Celebrity Scissorhands, Celebrity Big Brother and he is about to grace the TV screen this weekend in S4C's Welsh learning reality series cariad@iaith:love4language (Saturday, 8pm).
The series will follow H and seven other well-known faces that include footballing legend Neville Southall, weather presenter Behnaz Akghar, Jenna Jonathan from MTV reality show The Valleys and West End star John Owen Jones.
Rachel Ashdown, the BBC’s Commissioning Executive, said: “These celebrities are embarking on a gruelling training regime combining aerial and gymnastic skills. “They’ll use them all to deliver breath-taking performances that you’d expect from the department that also produces Strictly Come Dancing.”
The panel will be completed by former Team GB gymnastics captain, turned sports broadcaster Craig Heap and renowned cirque artist / aerial performer Sebastien Stella. When it was announced Alex Jones will present the show, she said: “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!”
All the celebrity participants will be put through their paces by high-flying gymnasts from across the globe, whom they’ll be partnered with during the series. The celebrities will start training with professional partners and coaches in the coming weeks prior to the start of the show this summer.