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'Strictly' stars prepare for tomorrow's show in Birmingham

Michael Vaughan and his partner Natalie Lowe Credit: ITV News Central

'Strictly Come Dancing: The Live Tour 2013' starts in Birmingham tomorrow and will also be going to Nottingham next month.

Today all the stars taking part, including 2012 series winner Louis Smith from Peterborough, took to the dance floor at the NIA for rehearsals.

Strutting their stuff in preparation for tomorrow night in Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central
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Louis Smith's MBE is 'out of this world'

Louis Smith won Olympics silver in the men's pommel horse in August. Credit: PA

Olympic medallist-turned-Strictly Come Dancing champion Louis Smith described his MBE as "without a doubt the proudest moment of my life".

The Peterborough gymnast was a member of Britain's surprise bronze medal success in the men's team competition at the London 2012 Olympics.

He also won silver on the pommel horse with one of the hardest routines in the world.

"To receive this honour is out of this world and something I never would have dreamt of as I grew up in the sport of gymnastics," said Smith, 23.

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Smith is Strictly king

Louis Smith
Louis Smith at the BBC SPOTY awards earlier this month Credit: Press Association

Peterborough's Louis Smith has been crowned this year's Strictly Come Dancing champion.

The 23-year-old gymnast danced a winning Charleston with partner Flavia Cacace, beating other finalists Dani Harmer, Denise Van Outen and Kimberly Walsh.

In the summer Smith, who was the youngest competitor in this year's Strictly show, won a silver medal at the Olympic Games in London.

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