This year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ line-up has finally been confirmed after the final three contestants were revealed.
‘Birds of a Feather’ actress Lesley Joseph, world champion long jumper Greg Rutherford and ‘EastEnders’ star Tameka Empson will all be strutting their stuff on the ‘Strictly’ dancefloor when the show returns to BBC One in September.
Lesley shared her excitement about taking part on the show, saying: “Strictly is an iconic show and I have always loved the glamour and the dedication and the entertainment and this year it suddenly seemed right to take part.
“I am scared and excited and apprehensive and thrilled to be a part of this wonderful show and I will try my best and enjoy this amazing experience.”
Greg, who only returned from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio just days ago, said: “I love being challenged and taking to the Strictly ballroom is like nothing I have ever done before – doing this is definitely a long jump from my day job for sure.”
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Meanwhile, Tameka, who plays Kim Fox in ‘EastEnders’ added: “I have been waiting for years to take part in Strictly and I’m so excited that finally I get to show the nation my moves! It’s always been a dream and I can’t wait to get started.”
This year’s full ‘Strictly’ line-up:
- Former MP Ed Balls
- ‘Pop Idol’ winner Will Young
- TV personality Laura Whitmore
- Former ‘Xtra Factor’ host Melvin Odoom
- Olympics presenter Ore Oduba
- Singer Louise Redknapp
- Ex-’Hollyoaks’ actor Danny Mac
- Model Daisy Lowe
- ‘BBC Breakfast’ host Naga Manchetty
- Singer Anastacia
- British gymnast Claudia Fragapane
- Daytime TV star Judge Rinder
- Actress Lesley Joseph
- Olympic athlete Greg Rutherford
- ‘EastEnders’ actress Tameka Empson
The 14th series of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ will return to BBC One on Saturday 3 September for the Launch Show when the 15 celebrity contestants will discover which professional dancer they will be paired with.
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