All Rise for our 12th Strictly star Lee Ryan!

If his codename Roquefort wasn’t already enough of a giveaway, Blue star Lee Ryan is officially joining team Strictly (or should that be Strict-Lee?) 2018!

He’s the second band member to appear on the show, and of course he’s already looking to Simon Webbe for inspiration. “Four years later the man is still doing his ballroom moves on stage. It changed his life,” he said.

Together, four-piece Blue have sold over 15 million records, bagged three number one albums and played to crowds all over the globe. Following their 2005 split, Lee worked on solo music, before regrouping with his bandmates to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011. They also documented their return to music on hit show The Big Reunion in 2013, releasing to two more albums together as a result.

Lee then put down the mic and turned his attention to acting in 2017, playing Harry ‘Woody’ Woodward in EastEnders, before leaving Albert Square for good in June of this year.

So we know he can sing and act, but will he find a new (One) Love for dancing?

Lee’s Cha Cha Cha-ing his way into the competition along with Katie Piper, Faye Tozer, Danny John-Jules, Joe Sugg, Vick Hope, Graeme Swann, Dr Ranj Singh, Stacey Dooley, Ashley Roberts, Kate Silverton and Seann Walsh. Our final celebs will be revealed very soon, so be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.


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