Who is Strictly 2020 star JJ Chalmers? – The Sun

JJ Chalmers has announced he will be hitting the Strictly dance floor in this year's ballroom series, which launches TONIGHT (October 17) at 7:50pm on BBC One.

The former Royal Marine and Invictus Games 2018 host may be familiar to viewers in his role as a TV presenter.

Who is JJ Chalmers?

John James “JJ” Chalmers is a 33-year-old TV presenter and sportsman who has achieved medals in the Invictus Games.

He grew up in Renton, Scotland, where his father was the minister of Renton Trinity Church and his mother Liz was a teacher.

Before becoming a TV personality, he was severely injured in a bomb blast in Afghanistan while serving as a Lance Corporal in the Royal Marines in 2011.

The explosion claimed the lives of two soldiers and left nine others maimed or traumatised.

JJ suffered injuries to his arms and legs, lost two fingers and was left with scars on his face and chest, where one arm was temporarily grafted to his body.

In 2016, he landed a spot hosting the Invictus Games.

He was also part of the presenting team for the BBC's Trooping of the Colour coverage in 2018.

JJ is a close friend of Prince Harry.

After meeting Harry in June 2014 at a rehabilitation triathlon, the pair became firm friends.

The prince persuaded him to enter the first Invictus Games that September, and JJ won gold in a cycling event.

JJ and his wife even received an invite to all parts of Harry's 2018 royal wedding.

Asked about Harry's marriage to Meghan Markle, JJ said: “I’m just happy my friend is settling down with somebody.

"So many of our other friends are all settled down and have kids, so he needs to catch up.

“It’s fantastic to see that he’s been able to find someone, because I’ve been able to see what his life is like over the last four years and he works extremely hard, it’s very hectic.”

When did JJ Chalmers announce he will be on Strictly?

JJ made the announcement on Lorraine on September 3.

The former marine said being picked for Strictly is "completely off the chart".

He added "I'm look forward to learning something brand new."

He even spoke about embracing the glitz and glam of the dance show, saying: "I'm going to immerse myself in this process" and said he would  "go the whole hog with costumes and glitter".

JJ told Lorraine his injuries from service mean he has "terrible posture", but said he'd work on it in dance rehearsals.

Is JJ Chalmers married?

JJ Chalmers married Kornelia Chitursko back in 2015.

It is not known how the pair met, but JJ trained with Kornelia for the Invictus Games.

The couple have a daughter called Hayley.

 

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