Strictly Come Dancing 2018: the celebrity line-up
“can’t wait to show my girls some of my new dance moves”
Faye Tozer: Former Steps star Faye Tozer, 42, will be hoping to avoid any dancefloor ‘tragedy’ when she takes to the Strictly dancefloor. The turn-of-the-noughties supergroup’s choreography was always on-point, but can she strut her stuff solo?
familiar voice to Londoners as the host of Capital FM’s breakfast show, Geordie DJ Vick Hope will be counting on her dance skills to win new fans well beyond the capital
Graeme Swann: The retired England bowler told BBC Radio 2 that his biggest Strictly fear was not the dancing, but the beauty regimen - specifically, the prospect of a chest wax. “It gives me clammy palms just thinking about it,” he said.
Stacey Dooley: the 31-year-old is a familiar face to TV audiences from her hard-hitting Stacey Dooley Investigates documentaries , and says she can’t wait to throw herself into a very different kind of challenge on the Strictly dancefloor
Dr Ranj Singh:
In the event of any sprains and strains during training, this year’s Strictly contestants will be glad to know there is a doctor in the house - This Morning’s medical expert Dr Ranj Singh, who says he is a “massive fan” of the show and “can’t wait” to take part himself
Ashley Roberts: as a former member of burlesque dance troupe turned pop phenomenon The Pussycat Dolls, the US singer is an early favourite to wow the judges
Kate Silverton: many Strictly contestants don’t exactly feel at home in spandex and sequins, but BBC newsreader Kate Silverton has an unusual wardrobe worry - her size nine feet. “I'm having to have special shoes made for me,” she told the Daily Mail
Lee Ryan: the 35-year-old former Blue singer says his fear of dancing inadvertently helped launch his boyband career. “I used to run out of my dance lessons, I used to hide in the singing lessons,” he told ITV’s Loose Women. “That's why I can sing and not dance.” Hopefully there won't be any similar displays on the Strictly dancefloor...
Lauren Steadman: fitness certainly won’t be a problem for 25-year-old Steadman, a two-time World Champion Paratriathlete who also took a silver medal in Rio for Team GB. Born without a lower right arm, she says she plans to compete without a prosthesis
Charles Venn: a familiar face to Casualty viewers as nurse Jacob Masters, soap fans may also remember Venn from his stint on Eastenders as Ray Dixon. Less cocky than his on-screen characters, he says the thought of being on Strictly “excited and scares me in equal measure”
Susannah Constantine: As one half of 1990s makeover duo Trinny and Susannah and an established fashion writer in her own right, Constantine will be right at home among the elaborate costumes of Strictly - but she’s less confident in her footwork, quipping: “I hope to prove pigs can fly (dance),” she joked