Strictly Come Dancing: Who is in the 2018 line-up?
The 15 celebrities who will take to the dancefloor for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing have been named.
There is the usual mix of singers, actors, TV presenters and sportspeople – and this year the show will get its first YouTuber.
The new series of Strictly will kick off with a launch show on BBC One in September.
Here is the full line-up:
TV stylist Susannah Constantine made her name hosting fashion shows like What Not To Wear alongside Trinny Woodall.
She said: “I am sick with nerves and jangling with excitement, and I’m starting from a very low bar. That’s fine because I can only improve.”
TV presenter and journalist Stacey Dooley has been making documentaries for the BBC for nearly 10 years and was recently given an MBE.
“Typically, work for me is very serious and can be quite hardcore so I’m going to soak up the escapism and bathe in the sequins,” she said.
Vick Hope hosts the Capital FM breakfast show, hosts Sky One’s Carnage and has been a digital reporter for ITV shows The Voice and The Voice Kids.
“It’s a bit of a turn-up for the books to be honest,” the 28-year-old told listeners. “I’m a fan of the show and I feel very honoured to be a part of it. I promise you I’m going to work so, so hard – I’m so excited.”
Red Dwarf actor Danny John-Jules, 57, said he was “absolutely delighted” at the prospect of performing in “glittery spandex”.
The British actor is best-known for playing Cat in the cult-sci-fi comedy. His other recognisable roles include policeman Dwayne Myers in long-running BBC crime drama Death In Paradise.
Former model Katie Piper claimed she lacked “natural rhythm” and said it was “a bit daunting” to be taking part in the programme.
Piper was the victim of an acid attack in 2008 that left her blind in one eye. She has since presented programmes including Channel 4’s Bodyshockers and has set up a charity to help people with facial disfigurements, burns or scars.
Former Pussycat Dolls singer Ashley Roberts has kept a high profile on TV since the group split up in 2010. She has been a guest presenter on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and a judge on BBC talent show Let It Shine.
She said: “I’m just going to throw my heart and soul into this.”
Blue singer Lee Ryan is bringing his boy band moves to the dance floor. The pop star and former EastEnders actor follows bandmate Simon Webbe, who was a runner-up on the programme in 2014.
Ryan said: “They approached me and I saw Simon did it and just watching him and his transformation was really important, he really grew and that’s what the show’s about.”
When her participation was revealed, BBC News presenter Kate Silverton said she was “looking forward to the fun, laughter and all the challenges ahead”.
She said in a statement: “It’s something of a departure for a news journalist, shifting focus from the headlines to my hemlines.”
TV medic Dr Ranj Singh, who has segments on ITV’s Good Morning Britain and Watchdog on BBC One, started his TV career five years ago on the CBeebies show Get Well Soon.
He is now swapping his scrubs for sparkles and said: “Anyone that knows me knows that I love a bit of sparkle… so bring on the glitter! I can’t wait!”
Lauren Steadman is a double world champion paratriathlete and a silver medallist from the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games. She is also six times European champion.
She was born missing her lower right arm and has been competing internationally since she was 13. She said she probably wouldn’t wear a prosthetic because “maybe with a spin it would fly off somewhere”.
“I don’t really know what I’m doing to be honest,” said the 26-year-old YouTuber Joe Sugg. “I know it will be a huge challenge but that’s what life is all about I guess.”
Joe’s main YouTube channel, featuring pranks, dares and impressions, has more than eight million subscribers.
Former England bowler Graeme Swann will be hoping to emulate the success of fellow cricketers Darren Gough and Mark Ramprakash, Strictly champions in 2005 and 2006 respectively.
The 39-year-old said he was worried about waxing his chest. “It gives me clammy palms just thinking about it. It is going to be horrific. I’ve never been taught how to dance, I don’t know anything.”
Former Steps singer Faye Tozer said her participation represented “everything my nine-year-old self ever wanted from showbiz”.
After Steps disbanded in 2001, Tozer began a theatrical career before rejoining Steps for their 2011 reunion.
Comedian Seann Walsh, a regular on TV shows Virtually Famous and Play to the Whistle, will join her on the dancefloor.
“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,” he said.
Casualty actor Charles Venn is known for playing nurse Jacob Masters in the BBC medical drama and for portraying Ray Dixon in EastEnders from 2012-13.
He said: “It truly is a pleasure to be a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, to be associated with a show that has such a huge following excites and scares me in equal measure.”
News credit : Bbc