“I did a Zumba class in 2011 which was a disaster,” she said. “I couldn’t follow it at all. I’ve asked to have two dancers either side. I just don’t have the coordination gene. I realised I am the Ann Widdecombe figure.”
A gold-medal-winning Paralympian, table tennis champ Will Bayley MBE was revealed as the tenth celeb in this year’s line-up.
Unveiled on Talk Radio, the sportsman – who was born with Arthrogryposis, a rare disorder that affects joints on all his limbs – said he wanted to “inspire people with a disability – that would mean a lot to me. I want to prove to people I can do this.”
Bayley was one of the stars of London 2012 and Rio 2016 games, winning consecutive silver and gold medals.
Unveiled on Lorraine, the US star – who also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2015 – said she’d be looking to partner up with Giovanni Pernice. “I’m Italian so I would love Giovanni. I love the Italian sense of humour – it’s so funny and the accent is amazing so we would have a good time. And, by the way, they’ve got to have some guns to lift all this, trust me!” She said.
The chef and model was coy about who she told ahead of the news going public, admitting she had only told her family the day before the announcement was made.
“I absolutely love watching Strictly every weekend and I can’t believe that I’m getting the chance to be on this series,” she said. “I know it will be such an amazing experience from start to finish. I can’t wait for the dancing and the fabulous outfits!”
If you don’t know Mike from his day job, you’ll definitely know him as the guy who fell into a swimming pool – microphone and all – while presenting on live TV. The BBC Breakfast sports reporter was unveiled as the sixth celeb sign up on Breakfast, and told co-stars Ben Thompson and Steph McGovern that he thought show bosses had “got the wrong person, genuinely!”
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Having previously been rumoured, the former Coronation Street actor was the fifth celebrity to be confirmed for this season of Strictly – with the news announced on This Morning.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing,” the 35-year-old said. “I’m a huge fan of the show. It’ll be my biggest challenge to date as I’m not much of a dancer, but I’ve always wanted to learn the skill and the time feels right! I’m nervous as hell but super excited to work with such talented professionals. Hold onto your jazz shoes… mine is sure to be a bumpy/clumsy/fun ride!”
The 19-year-old explained, “I am really excited to go on the Strictly journey and am feeling very grateful for the opportunity! I’m looking forward to learning all of the dances, finding out who my partner is, getting to wear the costumes and to just experience this once in a lifetime opportunity.”
The social media star, who has a combined following of four million on social media platforms, is following in Joe Sugg’s footsteps as the second YouTuber to have ever joined the dancing competition.
The EastEnders actress was one of three celebrities confirmed to be appearing on Strictly Come Dancing on The One Show.
Barton – who plays Honey Mitchell on Albert Square – has a musical background, starring as Roxie Hart in a touring production of Chicago, and will be hoping to emulate the success of her co-stars, many of whom reached the latter stages of the BBC dance contest.
“I’m the biggest Strictly fan but I am wondering whether I did the right thing by saying yes as I can’t sit at home and watch it. I was over the moon when I got the call!” she said upon joining the show.
Former England footballer David James was confirmed as one of three Strictly contestants on The One Show.
Speaking about his appointment on the show, the 48-year-old said, “I’ve been asked to do this quite a number of times, and I’ve said it’s not me.
“But I chatted with Mark Foster and he said he had an amazing time in 2008, so I said yes!”
James was reportedly “in talks” to appear in the 16th series of Strictly, but did not join the show’s cast as he struggled to balance training with his other commitments as he also coaches a team in India.
“The Strictly casting team are really keen to sign up a former footballer this year,” a show insider told The Sun. “David would be a fantastic signing for us, and he is interested.”