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Meet Molly Rainford: Strictly Come Dancing 2022 contestant

The singer and actor shot to fame on BGT, but she's now swapping the microphone for the Strictly dance floor.

Molly Rainford on Strictly Come Dancing 2022
Published: Thursday, 29th September 2022 at 4:31 pm
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She found fame on Britain’s Got Talent at the age of just 11 thanks to her vocal talents, and now Molly Rainford will be hoping that her dance skills prove equally impressive as she takes to the floor on this year’s season of Strictly Come Dancing.


Dancing the Samba to Kiss My (Uh Oh) by Anne Marie and Little Mix last week, Rainford glittered within the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 line-up and placed third in the first week of the competition.

Now, the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 songs and dances list has revealed the she and professional dance partner Carlos Gu will attempt to recreate their triumph by dancing the Quickstep to Beyoncé's Love on Top this Saturday.

In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about the multi-talented Molly Rainford...

Who is Molly Rainford?

Molly Rainford
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Age: 21

Job: Singer and actress

Instagram: @mollyrainford

Twitter: @mollyrainford

Molly Rainford first became known for appearing in the sixth season of Britain's Got Talent at the age of just 11. The singer went on to become the show's youngest ever finalist at the time, performing Ave Maria in the final and finishing sixth overall. Following BGT, Rainford was given a scholarship at the Sylvia Young Theatre School – the first ever drama school scholarship to be granted by Simon Cowell and Sony Music.

After graduating, Rainford went on to star in the lead role in CBBC series Nova Jones about an intergalactic pop superstar. The second season of the show is set to air this year, while a third has already been filmed. Rainford has also released two EPs, including her single Commitment.

Molly's Strictly journey


Week 1: Samba (7+8+8+8) = 31

Ending up with 31 points on the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 leaderboard from the judges, fans at home also went wild for Rainford and Gu's energetic Samba performance.

"Molly and Carlos were bloody amazing, wow! The energy, the routine, INCREDIBLE! Loving this new pro," wrote one fan. A second added: "Incredible Molly! 31 well deserved. Loving Molly & Carlos' partnership, exciting to see where they can go."

What has Molly Rainford said about joining Strictly 2022?

Speaking about joining this year's Strictly line-up, Rainford said: "I'm so excited to be part of Strictly Come Dancing, I've watched it for years and can't wait to meet the pros and the others taking part! I can't wait to learn the moves and get dancing!"

Meanwhile, on Instagram she wrote: "The secret’s finally out, I can’t believe it… I’m doing Strictly!! I already know it’s gonna be an experience of a lifetime & I can’t wait to meet the rest of the @bbcstrictly family I’ll be sharing it with. Get me to the dance floor".

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturdays and Sundays on BBC One. Looking for something else to watch? Check out our TV Guide or visit our Entertainment hub for the latest news.


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