The waiting is over, and the Strictly Come Dancing 2014 line-up is complete with the news that Gregg Wallace, Jennifer Gibney and Tim Wonnacott are to compete in this year’s competition.
Gibney, who plays real-life husband Brendan O'Carroll's daughter in the BBC1 series Mrs Brown’s Boys, said she was thrilled to be joining this year’s line-up.
“As a child I wrote to Blue Peter asking could I dance with Pan's People. Now at last I get a chance to earn my badge - excited doesn't cover it,” she said.
Bargain Hunt presenter Tim Wonnacott said of his recruitment to the show: “I’m delighted to be joining Strictly Come Dancing. My wife and I are big fans of the show and this year we’ll be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. She loves dancing but it’s never really been my specialty. I would love to pick up even just a few moves so that come our anniversary, I can take her out and show her a good time.”
Speculation that Wallace would be joining was also confirmed tonight on The One Show.
He said: “I absolutely love the show and I love dancing. I cannot wait to get engrossed and live in a Strictly bubble.”
Tonight’s confirmation means that the full line-up for this year’s contest is: Frankie Bridge, Judy Murray, Alison Hammond, Thom Evans, Simon Webbe, Mark Wright, Sunetra Sarker, Jake Wood, Steve Backshall, Scott Mills, Pixie Lott, Caroline Flack, Jennifer Gibney, Gregg Wallace and Tim Wonnacott.
The new presenting pair of Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will kickstart the show on Sunday September 7 in an edition which promises a special cameo appearance from Sir Bruce Forsyth who has stepped down from his presenting duties after ten years and 11 series at the helm.