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BBC Announces New Celebrity Gymnastics Show, 'Tumble'
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Following the popularity of celebrities dancing and ice skating, gymnastics will get its turn in the spotlight this summer on the BBC. Pictured: 2012 Olympic medalist Louis Smith

Following the popularity of celebrities dancing and ice skating, gymnastics will get its turn in the spotlight this summer in a new show called "Tumble," the BBC announced Thursday.


Olympic legend Nadia Comaneci will serve as head judge for the show.

The six-part live show will feature 10 celebrities performing gymnastics skills in front of a panel of expert judges.

Gymnastics legend Nadia Comaneci will serve as head judge for the panel, evaluating the routines alongside two-time Olympic medalist Louis Smith, former gymnast turned commentator Craig Heap, and Sebastien Stella, a world-renowned aerial artist and choreographer.

The show will feature celebrities performing typica gymnastics skills like tumbling and trampoline, but also circus arts, including trapeze. The judging panel will evaluate the routines out of 10.

"I know what it’s like to strive for that perfect 10!" Comaneci said. "Your heart is pounding and your palms are sweaty, but when you step out onto that floor, or mount the bars or beam, you have to perform like your life depends on it. The celebrities are going to be put through a fitness, gymnastic and acrobatic training regime that’s like nothing they'll ever have experienced, and I can’t wait to see the results!"

Experienced coaches will prepare the celebrities for the demanding contest. The show will also feature mentors like Beth Tweddle, Great Britain's most successful gymnast to date, and performances from gymnasts like Tweddle and Smith. Tweddle was the the champion of the 2013 edition of "Dancing on Ice."

Smith, who won the dancing show "Strictly Come Dancing," said he expects to see the celebrities putting out very competitive performances.

"When you commit to something you’ve got to do it because you want to win," he said. "It’s got to take over your life, your every waking moment. I also know how scary it is to be on a live Saturday night entertainment show, so I’ll definitely have a bit of empathy with the celebs on that!”

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