This has made us even MORE excited...
Sparkles, salsa and stars… That’s right, people, it’s only a matter of weeks until the return of Strictly Come Dancing.
And we can’t WAIT.
After weeks of speculation, we’ve been treated to the release of eight sparkling celebrity names. Yup, these are the people that have been CONFIRMED to be starring in the 2017 series.
1. Simon Rimmer
The celebrity chef and TV presenter announced the news during Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch earlier this week.
‘I think I’ll be more ballroom than Latin,’ he announced live on the show.
And Geordie Shore pal Vicky Pattison took to Instagram to congratulate Simon: ‘I’m so so happy the news is finally out!!! One of my good friends and all time favourite men in telly Mr @rimmersimon is the latest addition to this years @bbcstrictly line up!! Arrrrgghhhh!! You’re going to smash it babe!! Can’t wait to come and watch you!!’
2. Joe McFadden
The news that this Holby City actor was taking to the ballroom dance floor was announced earlier this week on SCD’s official Twitter page.
3. Rev Richard Coles
He’s a priest, a chart-topping musician and a Radio 4 host.
It was his fellow radio presenter Chris Evans that revealed he would be adding Strictly Come Dancing to his list of achievements.
‘It was an easy decision to make,’ the Rev told Chris Evans, joking: ‘it’s obvious to anyone who knows me that a major dance talent was waiting to be discovered, I just wonder why it took them so long, frankly…’
4. Gemma Atkinson
Best known for playing Carly Hope on Emmerdale, Lisa Hunter on Hollyoaks and Tamzin Bayle in Casualty, Gemma seemed pretty excited about this new adventure.
5. Ruth Langsford
This Morning and Loose Women presenter Ruth will also be joining the star-studded line-up.
Whilst admitting she was ‘very excited’, she admitted: ‘I do worry about who would be able to lift me up!’
6. Davood Ghadami
EastEnders star Davood has announced that he will be competing in the BBC1 show.
‘Having the opportunity to take part in this year’s Strictly is such an honour,’ the actor said in a statement.
‘It’s going to be exciting, challenging and terrifying all at once and I am so looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone and learning to dance. See you under the Glitterball!’
7. Mollie King
The Saturdays singer announced she was joining the line-up, and seemed particularly exciting about the outfits.
‘I think you’ve just got to go for it because I personally – I always veer away from looking too ultra girly but on this you’ve got to go for it – get the pink on, get the sparkles. This is your moment to be a princess,’ she said.
8. Aston Merrygold
Being the most recent star in the line up to have been confirmed, the former JLS singer took to his Instagram to share the news with his fans, writing: ‘Wait wait wait who’s been announced on @bbcstrictly 👀 🕺🏽🕺🏽🕺🏽🕺🏽🕺🏽 #letsreallygo’
We know Aston can certainly bust a move and he’s not afraid to do a backflip or two, but does he have what it takes to conquer the Strictly ballroom?
9. Susan Calman
Comedian and broadcaster Susan Calman is ready to waltz her way into Strictly!
‘Being on Strictly is a dream come true,’ she confessed. ‘Finally I can reveal all the moves I’ve been practising in my kitchen to the nation. I am an enthusiastic home dancer and now on Saturday nights I’ll be dancing in other people’s homes in a (hopefully) entertaining way. I am terrified but excited to start my Strictly journey.’
10. Brian Conley
Comedian Brian Conley is the 10th contestant to shimmy into Strictly!
‘I have known for some time, actually, and I am just happy to be here, get my spray tan on – Essex orange,’ he revealed on BBC Radio 2.
We’re counting down the days…
By Emily Jefferies