Strictly Come Dancing

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  • We’re more used to seeing Kate Silverton behind news desk than on the dancefloor, but she’s beyond excited to be trying something new like Strictly.

    “I love dancing and I love the joyfulness of the programme itself, so I am really looking forward to doing something I have never done before, which is to learn how to dance, take part in an entertainment show and generally immerse myself in a very different world to one I am used to!” she said.

    The accomplished journalist and presenter has been one of BBC’s main news anchors for many years, as well as fronting prime time shows Panorama, Big Cat Live, My Family at War and Propertywatch. She’s also bravely ventured onto the frontline in Afghanistan and Iraq to report the reality of war firsthand.

    Outside of her epic broadcasting career, Kate has a BSc in Psychology, specialising in child development – something the mother of two is now revisiting as she’s training to be a children’s and trauma counsellor. Let’s hope she has...

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  • Our ninth Strictly star Ashley Roberts is ready to bust a move in the Ballroom!

    After hearing great stories from her famous friends, she's decided to give Strictly a spin. “Daisy Lowe loved it, Flacky [Caroline Flack] said it was one of her favourite projects. Pixie [Lott] and Laura [Whitmore] loved it! So I’m excited to dive into my own experience,” she said.

    Ashley rose to fame as part of mega girl group The Pussycat Dolls, selling over 54 million records and gracing stages all over the world with her bandmates. Since their split in 2010, she’s regularly been on our screens in shows like I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, and most recently, Keith Lemon’s Coming to America.

    She also spent two series behind the judges desk on Dancing on Ice, but now the tables have turned and she’ll be at the mercy of the Strictly Judges! Let’s see if she can win over Shirley, Bruno, Darcey and Craig with her all-American charm and shiny new moves...

    Ashley is...

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  • He’s hilarious, he’s got fabulous hair, but is Seann Walsh hiding some smooth moves behind his funny guy façade? It’s nearly time to find out!

    If you weren’t expecting him to say yes to Strictly, you’re not the only one. “It’s just something that I and no one I know would expect me to do,” he said. “Everyone looks like they’re having so much fun on it. It makes me laugh every time I imagine doing it.”

    Seann kicked off his comedy career at the tender age of 12 when he performed his first ever stand up gig. He’s since gone on to tour venues all over the UK, as well as bringing the laughs as a TV regular on shows such at Virtually Famous and Play To The Whistle.

    Acting is also one of his strong suits, having starred in Sky’s silent comedy Three Kinds of Stupid, Jack Dee’s sitcom Bad Move, as well as his own web series The Drunk.

    But Strictly is no laughing matter, especially when you’ve got a whole load of steps to learn and a manbun to perfect. Can Seann turn...

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  • Stepping out of her comfort zone is second nature to award-winning documentary maker Stacey Dooley, so surely Strictly won’t be too much of a challenge. Right?

    As with everything she takes on – whether it’s investigating sweatshop slavery or meeting women on the frontline of war – Stacey is ready to give the competition her all. “I’m looking forward to throwing myself completely into it...

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  • We’ve had actors who've played doctors in the Ballroom before, but for the first time ever we have a real clinician joining the Strictly family!

    To say Dr Ranj is excited about waltzing into the Ballroom would be an understatement. "I've been a massive fan for so long, and I can't quite believe this is happening, but I'm going to give it my best shot," he said. "Anyone that knows me knows...

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  • He may be more at home on the field than in a dance studio, but our fifth celeb of 2018 is ready to swing back into action after retiring from cricket in 2013.

    For Graeme Swann, joining Strictly is all about challenging himself once again – albeit with dancing rather than cricket! “I spent my career enjoying the excitement of performing in front of crowds and cameras,” he said. “It’s a bizarre...

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  • The gorgeous Geordie has officially joined the Strictly family, and we can’t wait to see her bring a slice of Northern soul to the Ballroom!

    Multi-talented Vick Hope is more used to playing music than dancing to it, so it's no surprise she's already feeling the pressure. "I’m so nervous about doing something outside of my comfort zone in front of so many people on live TV, which I could...

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  • In a Strictly first, vlogger Joe Sugg – known to his eight million (and counting) subscribers as ThatcherJoe – is joining our celebrity line-up.

    If you love social media, you’ve probably heard of Joe Sugg. In fact, you probably follow him on every social network, watch all of his YouTube videos – oh, and you *might* have heard of his internet-famous sister Zoella too…

    But now he'll...

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  • Star of stage and screen Danny John-Jules will be focusing on perfecting his dancefloor prowess as he joins Strictly 2018.

    The born-and-bred Londoner has been a mainstay on our televisions for decades, best known for his portrayal of the stylish and side-splitting Cat in Red Dwarf. In fact, he was one of the few cast members to appear in every single one of its 52 episodes. He then jumped...

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  • She’s snatched a BRIT Award, sold out arenas and toured with Britney Spears, but will Faye Tozer’s Strictly experience be as successful as her pop career?

    Swapping the mic for the Ballroom, Faye is more than ready to slip on some dancing shoes and fully embrace a slice of Strictly style. “I can’t wait to get in the costumes,” she said. “The swishy skirts and fabulous fringing...

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