Friday 29 August 2014, 18:25
They’re calling it the ‘Vintage Year’. The line-up of all line-ups. And we don’t blame them! Our final secret’s finally out, and our staggering Strictly 2014 line-up is both complete and completely sensational!
Revealed live tonight on the One Show, please welcome our final three contestants: Mrs Brown’s Boys actress Jennifer Gibney, MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace and Bargain Hunt presenter Tim Wonnacott. They’ll be joining Frankie Bridge, Judy Murray, Alison Hammond, Thom Evans, Simon Webbe, Mark Wright, Sunetra Sarker, Jake Wood, Steve Backshall, Scott Mills, Pixie Lott and Caroline Flack as our full Strictly 2014 celebrity contestants. Let the ballroom battle commence!
Presented this year by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, our 15 sparkling celebrities will grace the Strictly studio for the very first time on Sunday 7th September at 8pm on BBC One. Don’t miss it!
And to sneak more than a peek at all the backstage gossip, glitz and glam, and see the first interviews with our entire line-up, don’t miss the Strictly Come Dancing Red Carpet special, on Wednesday 3rd September with Zoe Ball. You can catch that on the Red Button and BBC iPlayer at 7.30pm....
Thursday 28 August 2014, 10:17
Caroline confirmed the news live on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show this morning when she popped in for a chat with fellow Strictly contestant Scott Mills.
Caroline is one of the UK’s best known TV presenters and over the years has hosted a variety of programmes including I’m a Celebrity, Get me out of Here Now!, The Xtra Factor and Gladiators.
Caroline said: “Ever since I was a presenter on CBBC and used to see the Strictly judges walking around Television Centre I have wanted to be on the show. I am so excited to get started and I just want to get through the first dance with no mistakes... plus I really want to master my ‘dance face’!”Stay tuned to our official BBC Strictly Twitter, BBC Strictly Facebook and here on our news blog for all the latest announcements.
Wednesday 27 August 2014, 13:32
Pixie confirmed the news via the official BBC Strictly Vine account earlier today following a series of cryptic clues posted to her 1.65 million followers on social media, which prompted a flurry of speculation from her followers.
She began by tweeting: "Ahh, got something very special to reveal soon cats…" and followed with "So excited! Some news is coming, can’t wait to tell you! Announcement soon at 2.30pm UK time…so watch this space for news" before confirming her participation on the show.
23-year-old singer-songwriter, model and actress Pixie’s first two singles went straight to number one and her debut album sold over 1.5 million copies. Pixie has gone on to make a total of three albums and has had a string of best-selling singles.
As a young actress she appeared in the West End production of ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ at the London Palladium and as Louisa von Trapp in BBC One’s ‘Celebrate the Sound of Music’ before embarking on her successful music career.
Pixie said: “I'm so excited to be doing Strictly, it's going to be a lot of fun. I always want to push myself as a performer so can't wait to learn the routines.”
Keep up to date with all the latest...
Tuesday 26 August 2014, 08:13
Scott confirmed the news live on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast show this morning with Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood in the studio, completely surprising fellow presenter Chris Stark with the announcement.
Award-winning Scott has been entertaining the nation on BBC Radio 1 for over 15 years and is one of the longest-serving and most popular presenters on the network. He currently hosts the weekday early afternoon show on the station from 1pm to 4pm and the weekly Official Chart Update show. On television he has recently presented The National Lottery Live on BBC One and also hosts...
Monday 25 August 2014, 07:57
BAFTA-winning British naturalist, author and television presenter Steve Backshall is our latest Strictly signing. He made the announcement this morning on BBC Breakfast.
Steve is a best known for CBBC’s popular flagship wildlife programme, ‘Deadly 60’, in which he tracks down 60 of the world’s deadliest animals.
Throughout his career, Steve has undertaken death-defying confrontations with some of nature’s fiercest creatures; he’s been diving with great white sharks, caught a king cobra, handled a red back spider and been bitten by crocodiles.
Steve also presents the...
Sunday 24 August 2014, 10:14
Bringing big Branning storylines to our line-up this year is actor Jake Wood. Swapping the Square for Strictly.
Best known for playing Albert Square’s notorious bad boy and womaniser, Max Branning, Jake’s character has been at the centre of a series of big storylines over the past eight years.
Max has had an affair with his son’s girlfriend, been through years of emotional turmoil with wife Tanya, coped with an alcoholic daughter and was devastated by the death of his son Bradley. His current storyline sees him involved with the Lucy Beale murder investigation.
Away from Albert Square...
Saturday 23 August 2014, 18:10
Our very own doctor has landed on Strictly today, with the announcement on our official Twitter feed that actress Sunetra Sarker aka Zoe Hanna from Casualty is our seventh celebrity.
Sunetra is best known for her role as Dr Zoe Hanna in BBC One’s popular medical drama Casualty. Prior to joining the series, Sunetra has starred in a host of well-loved programmes including ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Brookside’ and ‘No Angels’ before joining Casualty in 2007.
Sunetra said: “I don't quite know what I've let myself in for... I'm in total denial! But the chance to swap my stethoscope for sequins...
Friday 22 August 2014, 19:16
Please give a warm welcome to TV and Radio Presenter, Mark Wright! The sixth celebrity contestant to be confirmed on our dazzling 2014 line-up.
Mark is best known for his role on BAFTA award winning constructed reality show The Only Way is Essex, which shot him to fame in 2010. Since leaving the show, Mark has gone on to host a number of popular TV and radio programmes, including ITV2 series Take Me Out: The Gossip, as well as his own ITV2 series: Party Wright Around the World.
Nowadays, Mark presents the popular Club Classics show on Heart FM, and is a regular presenter of The Hub on...
Thursday 21 August 2014, 07:36
Our dance card is filling up with new celebrities as this morning pop star Simon Webb became the fifth contestant of 2014.
Best known as a member of boy band Blue, achieving 40 number ones worldwide and sold 16 million records, including hits such as 'One Love' and 'Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word', featuring Elton John.
The band separated in 2004 but reformed once again in 2009. They represented the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest in Germany in 2011, finishing in 11th place and have also recently taken part in ITV's Big Reunion documentary and arena tour. They toured 21...
Wednesday 20 August 2014, 10:21
Rugby star Thom Evans is confirmed as the fourth celebrity to join our 2014 line-up.
Thom made the announcement via our BBC Strictly Vine account, where he officially swapped the rugby ball for the glitter ball.
Ex-professional rugby player Thom represented Scotland at International level winning ten caps and has had club stints at both London Wasps and Glasgow Warriors, where he held the record for most tries scored.
Thom said: “I'm so happy to be doing the show, I cannot wait to get started. I’m really looking forward to my Strictly makeover – bring on Strictly and bring on the spandex...