The Strictly Come Dancing 2017 contestants have been confirmed and here's a round of up just who's on the new series this autumn.
The BBC has been announcing new celebrities for the Strictly 2017 cast daily and now ahead of the launch show in September.
And now we have a full line up of 15 confirmed celebrities for this autumn.
Strictly Come Dancing 2017 contestants
On Monday, singer Mollie King became the very first name officially confirmed for the Strictly Come Dancing 2017 line up. The Saturdays' star said: “I'm a huge fan of Strictly Come Dancing so I can't actually believe I'm lucky enough to be taking part in it this year! It’s going to be a lot of hard work but I'm ready for the challenge.”
Holby City Actor Davood Ghadami became the next name to be officially revealed on the Strictly line up by the BBC. He said: “Having the opportunity to take part in this year’s Strictly is such an honour... See you under the Glitterball!"
Host of ITV's This Morning and regular Loose Women panellist Ruth Langsford was the third confirmed celeb. She said, “I have dreamt about doing Strictly for so long, I can't quite believe my dream has come true! "The sum of my dance experience is throwing a few shapes at a party, I've never had a dance lesson in my life.
Actress Gemma Atkinson first rose to fame in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks before moving to BBC One's Casualty and later ITV's Emmerdale. “I am honoured to be asked and so thrilled to be joining Strictly Come Dancing 2017!” said Gemma.
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Reverend Richard Coles was the fifth name to be revealed for the Strictly 2017 line up. He is a writer, broadcaster and Church of England priest and co-hosts BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live, as well as being a former member of pop band The Communards. Reverend Richard Coles said: “Cometh the hour, cometh the overweight Vicar with arthritis in his knees.”
Actor Joe McFadden was the sixth name announced for the show, best-known for playing the role of Raffaello ‘Raf’ di Lucca in BBC One’s Holby City. Joe said: “Strictly is one of the biggest, most entertaining shows on TV and being asked to be part of it is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I’m thrilled and terrified about in equal measures!”
TV host and celeb chef Simon Rimmer was celeb number seven to join this year's Strictly Come Dancing cast, best-known for being the chef and co-presenter on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch where the announcement was made. Simon said: "When I put on my sequins and hit the floor it will genuinely be my very first time dancing ballroom and latin. "
Celebrity number 8 on Strictly Come Dancing is none other than JLS singer and former X Factor finalist Aston Merrygold. Aston said: “I’m so happy to be joining Strictly 2017, it is such a brilliant show and I’ve followed it for years. I’m both nervous and excited to learn from the professionals about a whole new way of dancing!”
The ninth confirmed celeb is Susan Calman, a Scottish comedian, broadcaster and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 as well as BBC One TV shows. Susan said: “Being on Strictly is a dream come true. Finally I can reveal all the moves I've been practising in my kitchen to the nation... I am terrified but excited to start my Strictly journey.”
Brian Conley has been named as the tenth celebrity on the Strictly Come Dancing 2017 line up. The comedian said: "I'm delighted and honoured to be asked to strut my stuff on this year's Strictly. My family all love the show and can't wait to see me do my Dad dancing on national television."
Charlotte Hawkins broke her own news about joining Strictly as she hosted ITV's Good Morning Britain. Charlotte said: "I am so thrilled to be one of the contestants on Strictly this year! I've always been a big fan of the show. It is a dream come true to be taking part and I'll be following in the footsteps of my Good Morning Britain colleagues.
Holby City actress Chizzy Akudolu is the twelfth celebon Strictly. She said, “When I was 13, I made the finals of a disco dancing competition once but there was this amazing girl who exploded onto the stage with a gorgeous sequined costume, throwing glitter everywhere… I knew it was game over for me. That was then, this is now and this is my chance to have even more sequins!”
Debbie McGee is TV personality, presenter and the widow of magician Paul Daniels, who was also a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in series 8, lasting the two weeks. Debbie said: “There are no words to describe how I feel about performing on Strictly Come Dancing.
Sports star Jonnie Peacock is a double Paralympic, World and European T44 100m Champion. He sensationally won his first Paralympic Gold medal in London 2012 in front of 80,000 people. He said: “The opportunity to be the first contestant with a disability to take part in Strictly’s main show was too good to turn down."
The final celeb on Strictly 2017 is X Factor winner turned West End star Alexandra Burke. Alexandra said: “I am so excited to be joining this year’s Strictly cast! I love this show and have followed it from the beginning, so being able to be a part of it is just a dream come true for me - I still can’t believe it!
Strictly Come Dancing starts later year in September on BBC One.
While an exact start date has yet to be confirmed, around Saturday September 9 seems the likely launch date.