The complete line-up for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing series has been revealed ahead of the BBC One talent show’s launch night on 6 September.
Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace, Bargain Hunt’s Tim Wonnacott and Mrs Brown’s Boys actress Jennifer Gibney join 12 other celebrities previously announced.
They include pop stars Pixie Lott and Frankie Bridge, DJ Scott Mills and Judy Murray, mother of tennis player Andy.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will co-host the ballroom competition.
The pair were confirmed as the show’s new full-time hosts following Sir Bruce Forsyth’s decision to step down as presenter.
Naturalist Steve Backshall, EastEnders actor Jake Wood, reality TV star Mark Wright, ex-rugby player Thom Evans and Blue’s Simon Webbe round out this year’s male contingent.
They will be joined in the green room by Casualty actress Sunetra Sarker, Big Brother contestant turned broadcaster Alison Hammond and TV presenter Caroline Flack.
Gibney, who plays Mrs Brown’s daughter in the popular sitcom and is the wife of Mrs Brown herself – comedian Brendan O’Carroll – said “excited” was an inadequate word to describe how she felt to be taking part in the show.
Former greengrocer Wallace said he could not wait to “live in a Strictly bubble”, while former auctioneer Wonnacott said he had signed on so he could take his wife dancing on their 30th wedding anniversary.
Bookmaker William Hill has made Pixie Lott 5-1 favourite to win, closely followed by Bridge and Webbe, who are both 6-1. Wonnacott is the 33-1 outsider.
This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.
Source:: BBC Entertainment