Mollie King is the first name to be confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2017.
The announcement was made on Monday morning during the Radio 1 Breakfast Show with host Nick Grimshaw.
Speaking to Grimshaw, Mollie said she was “so excited” that she was taking part this year and would be embracing the spray tans and the outfits that Strictly entails.
“You wouldn’t wear them down to the supermarket,” she said. “I think you’ve just got to go for it because I personally – I always veer away from looking too ultra girly but on this you’ve got to go for it – get the pink on, get the sparkles. This is your moment to be a princess.”
Before the news was announced, Molllie revealed that the only people she had told about doing the show were her parents, sisters and former Saturdays bandmate Frankie Bridge who was a runner-up on Strictly in 2014.
“She was so excited,” Mollie said. “She was driving as I told her and she had to pull over so now I can actually tell everyone else!”
Revealing that she starts rehearsals in a couple of weeks, Mollie also said that she didn’t want to be out in the first week – “that would be so embarrassing!” – and that she was most scared of Craig Revel Horwood.
“I know he can be quite harsh,” she said. “As long as Craig isn’t too mean, I’ll be ok! I don’t really want the criticism, to be honest. I want them to say it was great!”
However, she said she was most nervous about picking up the dance routines. “It’s completely different to what I’ve done with The Saturdays and I’ve never done any stage school,” she said. “I’m quite slow at picking up routines in general with the band. I’m really nervous so I’ve just got to throw myself in.”
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