Jay McGuiness is best known as a vocalist in the boy band The Wanted. Their debut single, "All Time Low," hit the No. 1 spot on the U.K. singles chart and the band went on to have a further 3 No. 1 singles including the global hit ‘Glad You Came’.
Jay has a song and dance background, attending a dance school in his early teens, dabbling in contemporary and hip hop dancing. In 2015, he was confirmed as a celebrity contestant in the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing partnering with professional dancer Aliona Vilani. The couple stole the public’s hearts with their graceful and energetic routines, becoming the series winners and gaining the glitterball trophy. Their now infamous jive to the music from Pulp Fiction has become the show’s most watched routine ever amassing over 5 million hits on Youtube. Jay recently starred in the musical version of the Tom Hanks movie ‘Big!” playing the lead role, Josh Baskin.
Jay is looking forward to being part of Rip It Up. “To perform with Radio Two’s Leo Green and his band as well as share the stage with Natalie and Louis and a talented cast of singers and dancers should be quite an experience. We have some great ideas and are looking forward to bringing them to the theatres around the country, singing and dancing to some of the greatest songs from one of the greatest decades”.