First Strictly Come Dancing 2017 contestant confirmed soon as pros start rehearsals

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The first Strictly Come Dancing 2017 contestant will be unveiled within days, it's been announced.

An announcement about the announcement (ahem) has revealed that the first confirmed Strictly Come Dancing celeb will have their secret identity uncovered on Monday, August 7.

Based on past years, more celebs will confirmed each day until the show's launch show which will be filmed on Tuesday 5 September.

Rumoured celebs for the new series include The Saturdays' Mollie King, Dame Joan Collins, Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins, Gogglebox stars Steph and Dom Parker, Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock, footballer Frank Lampard and Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill.

There's also X Factor winner Alexandra Burke, Paralympian Ellie Simmonds, Robot Wars host Angela Scanlon, Bros singer Matt Goss, comic Joel Dommett and marathon runner Paula Radcliffe.

Strictly Come Dancing
Strictly Come Dancing

However no names are officially confirmed yet and won't be until the autumn.

Alongside the celebs, the new series will welcome a revamped line up of pro dancers who started their rehearsals this week.

The line up includes three new ladies: Dianne Buswell from Australia, Nadiya Bychkova from Ukraine and Amy Dowden from Wales.

The three new Strictly Come Dancing professionals will replace Joanne Clifton and Oksana Platero who are leaving the series, along with Natalie Lowe who previously announced she was not returning.

Those returning to the Strictly dance floor once again are male dancers, Anton Du Beke, Brendan Cole, Kevin Clifton, Neil Jones, Pasha Kovalev, Gorka Marquez, Giovanni Pernice, AJ Pritchard and Aljaž Škorjanec

Plus returning female dancers Karen Clifton, Chloe Hewitt, Katya Jones, Oti Mabuse and Janette Manrara.

New Strictly Come Dancing professionals
New Strictly Come Dancing professionals

The group posted a photo on Twitter this week, captioning it: "Getting ready for #Strictly 2017. It's the first week of rehearsals for our pros!"

Meanwhile, the new series will be the first without Len Goodman and feature Shirley Ballas on the panel in his place, also taking over as head judge.

Strictly typically launches in September on BBC One.

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