The British reality television show teams celebrities with professional ballroom dancers for a 13-week long dance competition.
Rabat – Karim Zeroual, a British-Moroccan children’ television presenter, is set to compete in the 2019 final of UK dance competition Strictly Come Dancing, today, Saturday, December 14.
Zeroual, partnered with Welsh professional dancer Amy Dowden, has topped the competition’s leader board throughout this year’s dance tournament by earning high marks from the series’ judges. Competing in the show’s 17th year, Zeroual is one of three celebrities to make the final after weeks of intense training and dance performances.
Before beginning his Strictly journey, Zeroual told the BBC: “I’m most excited for the Cha Cha Cha and Salsa. All the spicy ones!”
In the competition’s semi-final on Saturday, December 7, Zeroual and his dance partner wowed the judges with an Argentine Tango, receiving a score of 36 out of 40 from the judges, and a Waltz, earning an impressive 38 points. The previous week, Zeroual received a perfect score from the judges for his Jive.
Zeroual was born in London to parents of Moroccan heritage and attended theater school in the British capital. Brought up by a single mother, the young television presenter worked hard to achieve success on stage and television.
Strictly Come Dancing is a British reality television show, aired first on the BBC, the UK’s state-owned television station, in 2004. Since hitting British television screens, the show has been exported to 40 countries, with countries such as the US and Germany producing their own versions of the show.
With an average audience of 8.2 million Brits watching every weekend, Strictly Come Dancing is one of the most popular shows on UK television. Previous winners include international cricket player Darren Gough, gymnast Louis Smith, and model Abbey Clancy who is married to football player Peter Crouch.
The British-Moroccan television presenter, aged 25, is well known in the UK for his work on children’s television show CBBC presenting Young Dancer and Wimbledon Live. He has also performed in London’s West End in musical theater shows such as The Lion King and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Tonight’s episode will see the three finalists battle out for the Glitterball Trophy, performing three dances over the course of the evening. It remains to be seen if the Moroccan-British fireball can beat-out the competition and win the 2019 Glitterball.