Former Pussycat Dolls star Ashley Roberts has become the latest celebrity to join Strictly Come Dancing line-up
The singer has kept a high profile as a TV star 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.
BBC Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans revealed the news on his breakfast show – a little earlier than he was supposed to after requests from viewers. Ashley was still on her way to the show.
She said: “When I got the call I was super excited. I miss performing and I’m excited to learn a new style of dance – the worlds of Latin and ballroom are foreign to me.” She said she was “nervous, excited” and “anxious to learn something new, to put on the costumes and become the characters.
She added: “I’m just going to throw my heart and soul into this.”
TV presenter and journalist Stacey Dooley has been making documentaries for the BBC for nearly 10 years and was recently given an MBE. Dooley was the eighth contestant to join the line-up and wants to “soak up the escapism and bathe in the sequins.
“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. See you on the dancefloor!”
TV medic Dr Ranj Singh is also swapping his scrubs for sparkles on the popular autumn show.
The doctor, 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 said: “I’m so overwhelmed and excited to be part of this awesome show. It’s an absolute dream come true for me!
“Anyone that knows me knows that I love a bit of sparkle… so bring on the glitter! I can’t wait!”
Cricketer Graeme Swann was announced as the sixth contestant on Wednesday evening.
The ex-England bowler will be hoping to emulate the success of Darren Gough and Mark Ram Prakash, 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.”
Vick Hope, who hosts the Capital FM breakfast show with Roman Kemp, became the fifth confirmed participant on Wednesday morning.
“It’s a bit of a turn-up for the books to be honest,” she 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.”
The 28-year-old presenter, who was born in Newcastle and studied at Cambridge, also hosts Sky One’s Carnage and has been a digital reporter for ITV shows The Voice and The Voice Kids.
“I don’t really know what I’m doing, to be honest,” said the 26-year-old Youtuber Joe Sugg after his identity was revealed on Tuesday.
“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.
Faye Tozer, whose involvement was confirmed on Monday, said being on Strictly was “a dream come true” and that she would “relish every moment”.
The 42-year-old said her participation represented “everything my nine-year-old self ever wanted from showbiz”.
The singer, actress and TV presenter rose to fame in 1997 as one of three female co-lead singers in British pop outfit Steps.
After Steps disbanded in 2001, Tozer began a theatrical career before re-joining Steps for their 2011 reunion.
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 the policeman Dwayne Myers in the long-running BBC crime drama Death in Paradise and Barrington in the BBC comedy Maid Marian And Her Merry Men.
Former model Katie Piper claimed she lacked “natural rhythm” and said it was “a bit daunting” to be taking part in the programme.
The 34-year old also admitted that when she told her husband about it, “he just thought I was joking”. The new series of Strictly will kick off with a launch show on BBC One in September, with the full series returning later on in the autumn.