Strictly Come Dancing 2018 contestant rumours: who’s joining the celebrity line-up this year?

Find out who's been CONFIRMED and who else could be a Strictly Come Dancing 2018 contestant this autumn on BBC1

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The Strictly Come Dancing line-up rumours are in full swing, with plenty of actors, presenters and TV stars in the mix for 2018 – and the first contestants are now starting to be CONFIRMED…

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STRICTLY 2018: CONFIRMED CONTESTANTS

Seann Walsh

The comedian and actor, whose upcoming Strictly appearance was announced on The One Show on Friday, is best-known for his role in Jack Dee’s ITV sitcom Bad Move, and for numerous TV appearances on shows like Live At The Apollo and 8 Out Of 10 Cats.

“Having seen videos of me dancing on friends’ phones from the night before, it’s safe to say I’m petrified but also so excited,” Walsh said following the announcement.

“I’m really looking forward to the lifts, the Lycra and the laughs, although as Craig would probably say ‘dancing is no laughing matter dahhhhling…’”

Kate Silverton

The 48-year-old presenter – who has fronted several news shows since joining the BBC in 2005, including Breakfast and News at Ten – will be swapping news reports for rhinestones.

Ashley Roberts

Stacey Dooley

“It’s happening! I’m taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this year and my mother is going to explode,” said Stacey Dooley after she was announced as the eighth Strictly celeb of 2018.

The investigative journalist and TV presenter – best-known for hard-hitting BBC documentaries including Stacey Dooley Investigates and Stacey Dooley on The Frontline: Gun Girls and ISIS – added: “Typically, work for me is very serious and can be quite hard core so I’m going to soak up the escapism and bathe in the sequins. See you on the dance floor!”

Dr Ranj Singh

This Morning’s Dr Ranj Singh said he was “absolutely shaking” as Eamonn and Ruth revealed him as the seventh celebrity to take part on Strictly Come Dancing.

“It’s been so hard because you’re sworn to secrecy,” he said, before apologising to his friends and family for lying about taking part!

Dr Ranj also confirmed that his cheesy codename had been Goat, and that his agent had been calling him “old goat” for the past few weeks.

Graeme Swann

England cricketer Graeme Swann is the latest celebrity announced for Strictly Come Dancing.

As he was announced, he said his biggest worry was: “Basically just getting it wrong. I’ve never been taught how to dance. I don’t know anything!”

He also hinted that he was already worried about criticism of his dancing. “If you work for two weeks and your feet go here and your hands go there – if I get that wrong, that would be the end of the world for me,” he said.

Another thing he said was “horrific” was the thought of having his chest waxed as he has “the lowest pain threshold”.

Vick Hope

The Radio DJ, who currently hosts Capital FM’s breakfast show with Roman Kemp, was the fifth celebrity confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2018.

Hope, 28, revealed the news on Capital herself, saying she was “honoured” to be going on the show and admitting she doesn’t have a huge amount of dancing experience: “I used to do contemporary dance, I’d pretend to be a tree or a rock. I don’t know how helpful that’s going to be…”

Joe Sugg

The fourth celebrity confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2018 is YouTube star and vlogger Joe Sugg.

Joe, who is the brother of fellow YouTuber Zoella, was previously rumoured to be taking part. But now, he has been confirmed. Joe said: “I’m honestly so chuffed to be involved in the show this year!

“Not going to lie, I’m very nervous about it, it’s totally out of my comfort zone and I know it will be a huge challenge but that’s what life is all about I guess. Funnily enough I’m writing this statement whilst on the way to surprise my grandparents with the news. They are going to be so happy which will definitely make up for any embarrassment or cringe caused by my questionable rhythm.”

Danny John-Jules

John-Jules, best known as Cat from Red Dwarf or policeman Dwayne Myers from Death in Paradise, was the third celebrity to be revealed for this year’s show.

As well as dancing with the cast of Red Dwarf for Comic Relief, John-Jules also performed alongside George Michael in the music video for Wham! single The Edge of Heaven.

“A friend of mine worked in their offices and they were looking for a couple of dancers,”John-Jules explained on The One Show. “So I ended up actually choreographing a bit of stuff for him. It was all based on his dancing more than ours. I just put a few little steps together.”

Faye Tozer

The Steps singer was the second celebrity revealed for this year’s competition, with the 42-year-old unveiled on The One Show.

“Being on Strictly is literally a dream come true! It’s everything my 9-year-old self ever wanted from showbiz and I’m going to relish every moment!” she said.

Of course, Tozer isn’t a dancing newbie, with the pop star having to pull off routines in front of live audiences before. “I think you’ll find a few of us have [experience],” she said when questioned by One Show host Alex Jones.

“It’s what makes it an interesting competition. Even though I have got some experience, I don’t have any ballroom experience, so I’m really excited to get my teeth into that.”

Katie Piper

The 34-year-old television presenter is the first celebrity confirmed for this year’s competition, with the news unveiled on BBC’s Breakfast.

Although she says she’s fiercely competitive, the former model admits she struggles to clap in time. “Any fear or reservations I have is that I don’t have the natural rhythm,” she said.

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She added: “I feel so privileged and excited to be part of my favourite show on TV. I already know how much of an amazing experience it will be for me and I can’t wait to show my girls some of my new dance moves. I’m nervous to put on my dancing shoes but can’t wait to learn a new skill and have the Strictly tan and makeover!”


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