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06/08/2019 18:30 BST

Strictly Come Dancing: BBC Radio 1's Dev Griffin Confirmed For 2019 Series

He'll join stars including Michelle Visage, Jamie Laing and comedian Chris Ramsey on the dancefloor.

DJ Dev Griffin is the 13th celebrity contestant confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2019. 

The actor and radio presenter announced the news on BBC Radio 1, where he hosts the weekend afternoon show.

He told listeners: “I want to tell you a little story. In 1996 I entered a dance competition at the Pontins Holiday Park. I tried my very best. I danced to MC Hammer’s Can’t Touch This. I was slighted, I came second and I swore retribution.

“As as I walked away from those Red Coats I said: ‘One day I’m going to take part in a dance competition and get really good and you will rue the day you slighted me’.

“Fast forward to 2019 I’m going to be on this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing. I swore attribution because I’m coming.”

Dev began his career in children’s television, before landing a his own show on BBC’s 1Xtra.

He was then fast-tracked to BBC Radio 1 and Dev did a long stint hosting early breakfast, warming the nation up for then host Chris Moyles who was later succeeded by Nick Grimshaw. 

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Dev Griffin 

Dev later moved to host the weekend breakfast show before taking over the now the weekend afternoon slot (1pm to 4pm) with Alice Levine.

Just two spots remain on this year’s line-up, with footballer Alex Scott, rower James Cracknell, Radio 1 DJ Devin Griffin, Atomic Kitten singer Natasha Hamilton and presenter Anneka Rice among those rumoured to be taking up the last slots.

Already confirmed are comedian Chris Ramsey, footballer David James, soap stars Catherine Tyldesley and Emma Barton, YouTube vlogger Saffron Barker, celebrity chef Viscountess Emma Weymouth and Paralympian Will Bayley.

Joining them will be RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage, Made In Chelsea cast member Jamie Laing, Mike Bushell of BBC Breakfast and CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual.