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Alex Jones to host new BBC gymnastics reality show Tumble

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The One Show presenter Alex Jones has been confirmed as the host for BBC One's new gymnastics reality show Tumble.

The judges have also been revealed and include Olympic gymnastics legend Nadia Comaneci, London 2012 hero and Strictly Come Dancing champion Louis Smith, Team GB gymnastics captain turned sports broadcaster Craig Heap, and cirque artist Sebastien Stella.

Alex Jones

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Tumble will feature 10 celebrities learning and mastering gymnastic skills across six weeks of live TV shows. The challenges will include tumbling, double trapeze, acrobatic gymnastics and trampolining.

British Olympian Beth Tweddle will act as a mentor for the celebrities.

Jones said that she is "thrilled" to be hosting the new show, adding: "It is sure to offer jaw-dropping stunts and a visual spectacle.

"No-one has told me yet whether I will be required to don a leotard or master the balance beams but I am willing to give it a go. If this year has taught me anything it is that no challenge is too great or too high!"

Louis Smith arriving for the Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012, at the ExCel Arena, London

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Louis Smith will serve as one of the judges on Tumble


Head judge Comaneci said: "I know what it's like to strive for that perfect 10! 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!"

BBC One controller Charlotte Moore promised that the show would push celebrities to their "physical limits" and bring gymnastics to Saturday nights "like you've never seen before".

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