Aston Merrygold is the eighth celebrity to join Strictly Come Dancing 2017

The former JLS pop star was widely rumoured to be among the line-up

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Former JLS pop star Aston Merrygold is the latest contestant to be confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2017. 

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The singer and song-writer was a part of the British band from 2008 to 2013 and enjoyed five number one hits, selling over 10 million records worldwide. The group was made up of Merrygold, Marvin Humes, Ortise Williams and JB Gill. The latter has experience on Strictly, winning the Christmas special with Ola Jordan back in 2012. 

Merrygold’s Strictly participation was widely rumoured and was announced during Scott Mills’ Radio 1 show.

He becomes the latest celebrity added to this year’s line-up, joining Mollie King, Reverend Richard Coles, Simon Rimmer, Gemma Atkinson, Joe McFadden, Ruth Langsford and Davood Ghadami. 

“I’m so happy to be joining Strictly 2017, it is such a brilliant show and I’ve followed it for years,” said Merrygold. “I’m both nervous and excited to learn from the professionals about a whole new way of dancing!” 

More celebrity contestants will be announced in due course. We do, however,have the full hosting line-up: presenting duo Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will return alongside judges Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel-Horwood and Bruno Tonioli. And, of course, there’ll be no Len Goodman this year, with the retiring judge being replaced by Shirley Ballas.

Ballas won’t be the only new face on the show – Nadiya BychkovaDianne Buswell and Amy Dowden are joining the line-up of professional dancers after Joanne Clifton and Oksana Platero left the series.

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Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC1 this autumn