Strictly Come Dancing 2017 line up: Mollie King is the first CONFIRMED contestant

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The first Strictly Come Dancing 2017 contestant has been confirmed today.

Mollie King is the very first name officially confirmed for the Strictly Come Dancing 2017 line up.

The Saturdays' star had been heavily rumoured for the new series so it's no real shocker to see her confirmed for the line up.

The announcement was made live this morning on BBC Radio 1's Breakfast show with Nick Grimshaw.

Mollie 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!

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"I'm literally so excited to learn latin and ballroom dancing, and of course I can’t wait to get into the sequins too! It’s going to be a lot of hard work but I'm ready for the challenge.”

More celebs will confirmed regularly over the next few weeks until the show's launch show which will be filmed on Tuesday 5 September.

Rumoured celebs for the new series include comic Brian Conley, Dame Joan Collins, Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins, Gogglebox stars Steph and Dom Parker, Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock and footballer Frank Lampard.

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.

However no other names are officially confirmed just yet - stick with us for the latest announcements!

Meanwhile, alongside the line up of celebs, the new series will welcome a revamped cast 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 who replace Joanne Clifton, Oksana Platero and Natalie Lowe who are all leaving the series.

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

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

And of course, 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 will start on TV in September on BBC One.

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