Published: Sat, August 10, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

The first Strictly Come Dancing contestants have been announced

The first Strictly Come Dancing contestants have been announced

Get ready for the bright lights, sequins and plenty of two left feet - the nation's favourite celebrity-filled dancing bonanza is coming back to our screens this autumn!

Having been announced as a contestant live on BBC's The One Show on Wednesday, the retired footballer props up the Strictly winners' market at odds of 18/1 with specials betting experts Betway - clearly he's better known for his handiwork, rather than his footwork.

The first batch of Strictly Come Dancing celebrity contestants will be announced tonight.

Reacting to the announcement, which was made public on her birthday on Monday, Xu said she was "thrilled and excited" to join the show.

"As possibly one of the biggest Strictly fans on the planet, I still can't believe this is happening", she said. Not just competing against this year's stars, but being compared to previous sport stars from previous Strictly seasons.

She said she was "whipping off Honey's "Minute Mart" tabard and diving right in to all the glitter and sparkle".

She confirmed her involvement in the BBC series during an appearance on This Morning with Eamonn and Ruth.

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Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will be co-hosting the show for the 5th year.

He and his wife Rosie host a podcast called Shagged, Married, Annoyed.

The first Strictly stars have been announced. "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".

Of those already confirmed, YouTuber Saffron Barker - who boasts four million followers across her social media channels - is the bookies' early favourite at 7/1.

Sam Allardyce is to swap the dugout for the dancefloor, with the former England manager set to be one of the contestants on the upcoming series of "Strictly Come Dancing" on BBC.

In a message on Instagram Tyldesley added: "Beyond excited! Hold onto your jazz shoes... mine is sure to be a bumpy/clumsy/fun ride!"

The 35-year-old said farewell to her Corrie character Eva Price in 2018 after seven years in the role.

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