Eddie Kadi, the renowned stand-up comedian and radio presenter, is set to grace the stage of Strictly Come Dancing as the fifth celebrity contestant in the upcoming series. This immensely popular entertainment show, produced by BBC Studios, is scheduled to make a sparkling return to BBC One and BBC iPlayer this autumn, captivating audiences nationwide with its delightful dance performances and dazzling glamour.

Eddie Kadi’s impressive career has earned him multiple awards and a global reputation as one of the most celebrated stand-up personalities. His unique blend of brilliant, daring, and high-energy entertainment has resonated across cultures and continents, drawing massive crowds to his shows all over the world. Notably, he made history as the first British black comedian to headline the prestigious O2 Arena in London.

In addition to his successful comedy career, Eddie has extended his talent to hosting various renowned events, including the official red carpet show for BET International and BET Africa in Los Angeles, as well as being the main stage host for the Afro Nation Festivals worldwide. He has also graced numerous TV formats, showcasing his wit and charm on shows like Blankety Blank, The National Comedy Awards, Tonight with Target, +44 Presents: The Noughties Podcast, Don’t Hate the Playaz, and Road to Afro Nation: Davido Live. Furthermore, he has been the face of The Official UK Afrobeats Chart Show on BBC Radio 1Xtra and holds the position of Team Captain on ITV’s entertainment format Sorry I Didn’t Know.

As Eddie’s star continues to rise, his talents have been recognized through nominations for prestigious awards like the Royal Television Society Best Breakthrough Award and Best Breakthrough Presenter at the Edinburgh TV Awards. Additionally, he is currently working on a documentary in collaboration with Channel 4.

Eddie Kadi says: “WOW. Anyone who knows me understands that music and dance are so important and central to who I am. I’m so unbelievably proud and honoured that Strictly and the BBC have asked me to join the 2023 Team. I promise you, I’m going to give it everything I’ve got. This is going to be a VIBE.”

The news of Eddie joining the 2023 team was unveiled on The Official UK Afrobeats Chart Show with Eddie Kadi, broadcasted on BBC Radio 1Xtra on Sunday, 6th August.