Jay McGuiness Biography

Jay McGuiness (James McGuiness) was born on 24th July 1990 in Newark, Nottingamshire,England. He is a dancer and musician who is a member of the boy band ‘The Wanted’.

Jay The Wanted

In 2009 Jayne Collins held a mass auditions which saw more than 1,000 people attend, it took more than nine months.Jay  discovered  the auditions by googling ‘auditions’and got two results, one for a circus and one for the band. He auditioned after three members had already been chosen.

The band was formed with four other members Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes and was named The Wanted.

On 25th July 2010 they released their debut single, “All Time Low”.The song hit number one in the UK and spent 17 weeks in the UK top 40. Their second single “Heart Vacancy” was released on 17th October 2010.It peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart.

The group’s eponymous debut album was released on 25 October 2010 which peaked at number four in the UK and has since been certified Platinum in the UK.

In 2014 the band embarked on their first world tour, the Word of Mouth Tour. The tour included shows in the UK, Europe, the US and Canada. After the tour the band announced that they would take a hiatus and pursue solo endeavors.

Jay McGuiness Strictly

Jay McGuiness joined the cast of the thirteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 and was partnered with long-term professional Aliona Vilani.

During his first time on the show, he remained as one of the contestants in the top three throughout – earning the highest third week score ever for his Jive to Misirlou from Pulp Fiction for Movie Week.

However, he failed to ever score the sought after perfect 40 – with his high score being the close 39 for his rumba and his finale Paso Doble to Bon Jovi’s It’s My Life. He was crowned the winner of the series.

Jay McGuiness Rip It Up

Jay McGuiness stars in ‘Rip It Up’ a live 50s themed dance show along with Natalie Lowe, Louis Smith.The show sees the trio swing, bop, jitterbug, lindy hop, jive and ballroom to the sounds of the 50s along with a cast of dancers.

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