The first Strictly Come Dancing 2018 celebrity announcement is imminent

We won't have long to wait until we find out the identity of the first celebrity taking to the ballroom this autumn

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The first celebrity confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2018 is set to be revealed very soon.

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Although the specific date is under wraps, it won’t be long before we know the identity of the first name taking to the ballroom this autumn.

We can expect the first reveal around the next week or so. Previous series have always seen the first celebrity announced from early to mid-August.

Last year, Mollie King was the first name confirmed for the BBC1 show on 7th August. In 2016, Ed Balls was the first announcement on 8th August, while the year before that Jeremy Vine was the first celebrity confirmed on 10th August.

Shirley Ballas, RT shoot, BD

But just who will be the first name announced? These are just some of the celebs who are being linked to this series.

Although there hasn’t been an official announcement from the BBC, Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and last year’s new Head Judge Shirley Ballas all look set to reprise their seats on the panel this year.

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