BBC bosses bin iconic Gladiators feature in big change for reboot
Gladiators for the new series named
The BBC have confirmed the line-up for the new series of Gladiators but when the stars take on contenders, something will be very different.
Bosses have decided to make a big change to the costumes for the Gladiators as they felt they were “too revealing”.
Fans of the show will remember icons such as Jet and Amazon in skimpy costumes to show off their incredible physique.
But this time around, the Gladiators are expected to bin the spandex and instead sport uniforms like Team GB athletes.
An insider dished: “These flimsy costumes were deemed acceptable when the show started but they’re probably a bit too revealing today.”
They added to The Sun: “The new ones won’t be too stuffy as they’ll highlight the female stars’ incredible physiques.”
In the past, female Gladiators had to take extreme measures to ensure their costumes stayed in place.
Vogue, who was played by Suzanne Cox from 1992-2000, had to use bum glue to stick down her pants.
“I remember Cobra (Michael Wilson) joking to us: ‘When I die I want to come back as a bum stick,'” she laughed.
The latest Gladiators to be added to the line-up included Sabre, Apollo and Dynamite, who were unveiled on Thursday’s Steph’s Packed Lunch.
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Sheli McCoy is Sabre, an unstoppable force who describes herself as a “grafter” and has competed in five British Weightlifting Championships events.
Sabre said of joining the cast: “I truly hope Sabre will inspire and empower the younger generation of strong capable females just as the gladiators I once watched inspired me to be a confident athletic women. It is Sabre’s time to shine – here come the powerful girls!”
Alex Gray has paid tribute to Greek Gods with his name Apollo and has previously captained English Rugby teams for 16’s, 18’s and 20’s.
He was scouted to go to NFL for his skillset, making him the first British rugby player to transfer over to the NFL. Signed for Atlantic Falcons and then became the first international player to Captain an NFL team.
Apollo said of signing up: “Gladiator ready?? You better believe I am!! After playing Rugby and in the NFL, the opportunity to inspire as Apollo is a dream come true. I plan on leading from the front and never giving up.”
The youngest Gladiator was revealed as 20-year-old Emily Steel who takes on the role of Dynamite.
She recently competied internationally at one of the largest fitness festivals in the world becoming an under 23’s weightlifting British record holder.
Dynamite teased: “I’m too young to remember the original Gladiators, but my parents loved it and suggested I try out. Dynamite really does represent who I am and I’m excited to showcase what I can do in the games”.
Gladiators is expected to air on the BBC later this year.
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