Jay McGuiness is best known as a vocalist in the hugely successful boy band The Wanted. Their debut single, "All Time Low," hit the No. 1 spot on the U.K. singles chart and the band went on to have a further 2 No. 1 singles including the global hit ‘Glad You Came’. The Wanted toured the world notching up hit after hit appearing on the biggest TV shows and winning awards aplenty. They released 3 albums, all going platinum.
Jay has a song and dance background, starting with dance classes in his early teens, Jay later attended The Midlands academy of Dance and Drama in Nottingham, close to his home town of Newark. After taking a break from The Wanted in 2013, Jay was confirmed as a celebrity contestant in Strictly Come Dancing 2015 and was partnered with professional dancer Aliona Vilani. The couple stole the public’s hearts with their graceful and energetic routines, becoming the runaway series winners and gaining the coveted Glitterball trophy. Their now infamous Jive to the music from Pulp Fiction has become the show’s most watched routine ever amassing over 6 million hits on Youtube. Jay was recently voted the greatest Strictly Come Dancing winner of all time by readers of Radio Times magazine, notching up a staggering 37% of the vote up against all 15 previous winners.
Jay most recently starred in the musical version of the Tom Hanks movie ‘Big!” playing the lead role of Josh Baskin where he showed off his dancing, singing and acting skills to critical acclaim. Most recently, Jay has been touring the UK with a song and dance production ‘Rip It Up’ featuring the music and dance of the 1950’s. The show played to over 48 venues across the UK including a sold out show at The London Palladium. The show received rave reviews, as did Jay for his performance, hailed by one Guardian critic as the ‘Greatest dance show he has ever seen’.
Jay has also done his fair share of TV work and recently starred in a celebrity version of the Channel 4 show, Hunted, raising money for Stand Up To Cancer alongside one of his former band mates, where their mission was to go ‘on the run’ and evade capture for up to 2 weeks whilst they were being hunted down by the ‘authorities’. Jay and Siva were the only team to successfully evade capture and win the show!