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Who’s Joe? Suffolk dancer Robin hadn’t heard of Strictly’s new YouTuber star

PUBLISHED: 12:16 14 August 2018

Former Strictly Come Dancing professional Robin Windsor, from Ipswich, pictured with Kristina Rihanoff in their Burn the Floor dance show. Picture: YUI MOK/PA ARCHIVE

Former Strictly Come Dancing professional Robin Windsor, from Ipswich, pictured with Kristina Rihanoff in their Burn the Floor dance show. Picture: YUI MOK/PA ARCHIVE

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Ipswich dancing star Robin Windsor has joked about his age after confessing he did not know who Strictly Come Dancing’s latest contestant is.

YouTube vloggers Joe Sugg (centre) and Casper Lee met the Prince of Wales at a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, London. Picture: JOHN STILLWELL/PA WIREYouTube vloggers Joe Sugg (centre) and Casper Lee met the Prince of Wales at a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, London. Picture: JOHN STILLWELL/PA WIRE

YouTube personality Joe Sugg has been confirmed as the fourth star to be taking part in the BBC1 series this year, together with presenter Katie Piper, Steps singer Faye Tozer and Red Dwarf actor Danny John-Jules.

Ballroom dancer and former Strictly professional Windsor grew up in Ipswich and has kept up strong links with the area, receiving an honorary degree from the University of Suffolk last year.

Joe Sugg is the younger brother of beauty blogger Zoe Sugg, known as Zoella. He is a YouTuber, filmmaker, author and vlogger (video blogger) and has over 25 million followers across social media.

The 26-year-old is known for his challenges and pranks across his three YouTube channels, and is the first ever vlogger to appear on a Strictly line-up.

Robin Windsor in the Mayor's Parlour when he received an honorary degree from the University of Suffolk last year.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNRobin Windsor in the Mayor's Parlour when he received an honorary degree from the University of Suffolk last year. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

However, Windsor, along with a number of other Strictly fans, have been left scratching their heads over who he is, while Sugg’s younger fans have defended his right to be on the prime time show.

Former Copleston High School pupil Windsor, 38, tweeted: “I know I’m getting on a bit when i have to google the young contestants on @bbcstrictly.”

But the dancer, who appeared in Strictly from 2010 to 2013, later said that Sugg was a “perfect booking to appeal to a younger audience though - look forward to see what he does on the floor”.

He added: “Unless we watched every TV show possible the last 20 years and read every mag etc there’s always gonna be @bbcstrictly we personally don’t know of. The spectrum of contestants is to appeal to all generations and demographics and this year so far so good.”

Many people on Twitter said they had never heard of Sugg, while others advised people to just search for him online.

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