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Birth name  James McGuiness
Instruments  Vocals
Height  1.85 m
Genres  Pop
Years active  2009–present
Music group  The Wanted (Since 2009)
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Born  24 July 1990 (age 26) (1990-07-24)
Origin  Newark, Nottinghamshire, England
Occupation(s)  Singer-songwriter dancer
Siblings  Eleanor McGuiness, Tom Mcguiness, Sean McGuiness, Luke McGuinness

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James "Jay" McGuiness (born 24 July 1990) is a British singer, songwriter and dancer, best known as a vocalist with boy band The Wanted. On 19 December 2015, partnered with Aliona Vilani, he won the 13th series of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.


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Early life

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McGuiness grew up in Newark, Nottinghamshire, and attended All Saints RC School, Mansfield. He has a twin brother, Thomas and three other siblings.

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From the age of 12, he pursued his love of performing by attending the Charlotte Hamilton School of Dance in Newark. As his love for the performing arts grew he attended the prestigious Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama in Carlton near Nottingham.


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McGuiness is known as one fifth of Anglo-Irish boy band The Wanted. He has been a member of the band since 2010, alongside Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes.

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In June 2015 he was in the studio with Shytown Music and was brushing up on his dancing skills.

Strictly Come Dancing

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On 24 August 2015, McGuiness was confirmed as a celebrity contestant in the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. He was partnered with professional dancer Aliona Vilani. In the third week of competition, he was awarded a total of 37 points out of 40, the highest week 3 score in the history of the competition, for his jive. He also received the first 10 of the series. In week 6, he danced an American Smooth to "Li'l Red Riding Hood" by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs and scored 34, putting him in second place by only one point. In week 10 he danced a tango to "When Doves Cry" by Prince and scored 38. In Week 11 he danced a rumba to "Falling Slowly", from the musical Once, and scored 39, putting him at the top. In the semi-final his Charleston scored 37. In the final, on 19 December 2015, the couple danced a Quickstep to "My Generation" by The Who, scoring 36, a showdance to "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd, scoring 35, and a Pasodoble to "It's My Life" by Bon Jovi, scoring 39. In the public vote the couple were voted the series winners, gaining the Glitterball trophy.

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Personal life

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McGuiness is a vegetarian and was named PETA's Sexiest Male Vegetarian in 2013. He can play the drums. He discovered The Wanted by Googling 'auditions' and getting two results, one for a circus and one for the band.


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