Soccer AM dance off winners and where they are now – from Robbie Knox to Rocket
As Soccer AM prepares to wave goodbye one last time on Saturday, fans are sure to be in mourning.
We say farewell to Frankie Fryer's Away Days, wave adios to being aboard the showboat and won't be calling for anymore Taxiiiii's. But one that will be missed more than other is the legendary dance off.
Generally taking place in January each year, the Soccer AM dance off would see the show's cast members battle it out on the dancefloor for the coveted title of dance off champion. Suspect moves from the likes of Tubes, Rocket and Baby Elvis, were always a massive hit with fans.
The dance-off has not been around for a while but, in honour of one of the show's best segments, Daily Star Sport takes a look at what some of the competition's winners are up to now.
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Rocket – real name James Long – was originally a producer on the programme after taking part in work experience with the crew as a 15-year-old.
He gradually became one of the show's most popular characters, hosting segments such as Skill Skool and Small Talk. Arguably much more importantly, he was also a six-time winner of the dance off, often showcasing some seriously body-popping moves.
After 19 years on Soccer AM, Rocket left in 2017 and joined media outlet JOE as Head of Sports Production. However the company went into administration in 2020, causing Rocket to lose his job. He is now head of production at Mola TV.
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Perhaps one of the most underrated members of the cast during Soccer AM's heyday, Trev sprung a 33/1 shock to win the dance off in 2008, impressing former Strictly Come Dancing judge Dixon in the process.
He became a two-time champion in 2012, collecting the trophy from John Barnes after beating Baby Elvis in second and Tubes in third to the sounds of Duck Sauce by Barbara Streisand.
According to his LinkedIn, Trev still works for Sky Sports and is now an Associate Producer at the company, working on shows like The Fantasy Football Club.
After working behind the scenes on Sky’s coverage of Spanish football, Lisa Hebden joined Soccer AM in 2007. She quickly became a firm favourite on the show, taking on the character of Cheryl Mole.
In 2010, she wrote her name into Soccer AM folklore as the first female winner of the dance off, busting out a cheeky bum wiggle to get her name on the coveted trophy.
She left the programme in 2017 and is now a senior production manager for Gravity Media as well as being a make-up artist
One of Soccer AM's most popular characters, Baby Elvis was portrayed by Adam Smith, who also went on to star under the guise of Danny Dyer rip-off Frankie Fryer.
Smith shook up the show's dancefloor as Baby Elvis in 2006 as some quick feet, a little splash of the robot and a pink jumper saw him dance his way to victory. He then followed up by winning it again in 2015.
Smith still works for Sky as a presenter, fronting coverage of shows like Saturday Social, The Debate and Goals on Sunday. He also works for Tottenham and England as a presenter.
Perhaps better known as The Tramp during this time on Soccer AM, Robbie Knox won the dance off in 2002, breaking the unbeaten run of two-time winner Gadzooks.
Knox left the show along with Tim Lovejoy in 2007 to create his own production company called Dry Lunch Productions. Alongside running that business, he also creates content on YouTube, Twitch and is a co-host on Jaackmaate’s Happy Hour podcast.
Knox, whose 'Tramp' nickname' would be sung to the tune of The Champ by The Mohawks on Soccer AM, is still in regular contact with show alumni Tubes, appearing in a 'Go Wild' series with the star on YouTube.
Other winners of the dance off include Gadzooks, Raj – a work experience kid who only joined the cast for three weeks – and Tobe.
Despite repeated attempts to win the competition, Tubes never managed to claim the top prize, always falling short when it mattered most. Although he regularly went off as the bookies' favourite, one of Soccer AM's most popular crew members had to settle for the podium places on multiple occasions.
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