Strictly Come Dancing 2022: BGT star Molly Rainford joins the lineup

The news comes just hours after Britain’s Got Talent singer and CBBC star Molly Rainford joined the line-up. 

Retired England football player and manager Tony Adams MBE has been announced as the 11th celebrity confirmed to be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing 2022.

‘Am absolutely thrilled to be giving it my all on this year’s 20th anniversary of Strictly Come Dancing. I can’t wait to meet my partner – god help her – and start the dancing.’

Tony, 55, said: ‘To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of the sequins and the call of the salsa has me swapping my battered old football boots for a set of Strictly soft shoes. 

Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Retired England football player and manager Tony Adams MBE, (left) is the 11th celebrity to join the lineup on Wednesday - just hours after BGT singer and CBBC star Molly Rainford, 21, was announced
Next up! Molly will be doing the Foxtrot alongside a host of other celebs

Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Retired England football player and manager Tony Adams MBE, (left)  is the 11th celebrity to join the lineup on Wednesday –  just hours after BGT singer and CBBC star Molly Rainford, 21, was announced 

The formidable centre-back’s football career spanned over 22 years, playing for both Arsenal and England. 

Tony won 66 caps for England, appeared at four major tournaments and had 10 major trophy wins whilst is still the only player in English football history to captain a team to three top flight titles over three different decades. 

Having captained both, he is regarded as one of Arsenal’s greatest ever players and one of the all-time greats of English football. 

Wins! Tony won 66 caps for England, appeared at four major tournaments and had 10 major trophy wins whilst is still the only player in English football history to captain a team to three top flight titles over three different decades, (pictured in 2002)

Wins! Tony won 66 caps for England, appeared at four major tournaments and had 10 major trophy wins whilst is still the only player in English football history to captain a team to three top flight titles over three different decades, (pictured in 2002) 

As captain of England, he famously led the national team to the Euro 96 final. Whilst he was playing he founded Sporting Chance, a charity to help sportspeople with mental health and addiction issues of which he remains Honorary president today.

He remains a patron of four other additional charities, NACOA, Forward Trust, Saving Faces, School Home Support and has started the charity, 6 Addiction, for people that can’t afford private mental health services.

Now retired, the father of six and husband to wife Poppy, went into coaching and management before recently launching his new venture, SIX MHS, which delivers Mental Health and Addictions services to non-sportspeople and non-sport’s organisations.

Molly, who also stars in the CBBC series Nova Jones, was unveiled as the latest star to join the lineup that morning.

Earlier, singer Molly, 21, revealed she’s already sought advice from 2020 contestant HRVY, adding that despite her performing background she’s like ‘Ellie the Elephant’ when she takes to the floor.

‘I’m super excited for the challenge to push myself outside of my comfort zone and hopefully add another string to my bow. 

Speaking ahead of her dancefloor debut, Molly said: ‘I’ve always loved performing and being on stage, but I’ve never been the most confident dancer. 

‘And on top of all that, I absolutely love the glitz and glamour the show brings to the floor every week.’

‘It will introduce me to a whole new way of expressing myself! I’m also pretty competitive and I’m excited meet the Pros and the other contestants. 

Announcement: The singer, who also stars in the CBBC series Nova Jones, was unveiled as the latest star to join the lineup on Wednesday morning

Announcement: The singer, who also stars in the CBBC series Nova Jones, was unveiled as the latest star to join the lineup on Wednesday morning

Rising star: Molly star rose to prominence when she competed on Britain's Got Talent in 2012 at the age of 11

Rising star: Molly star rose to prominence when she competed on Britain’s Got Talent in 2012 at the age of 11

She added: ‘I did Britain’s Got Talent in 2012 when I was 11 years old. That definitely changed my life because after getting to the finals, I was sponsored by Sony Music and Simon Cowell to go to the Sylvia Young theatre school. From those auditions throughout school, I got into the CBBC world.’

The singer grew up in Essex and went onto study at the coveted Sylvia Young Theatre School after auditioning for BGT in 2012.

TV star: Since graduating, Molly has starred as intergalactic pop superstar Nova Jones in the CBBC show of the same name (pictured in February 2022)

TV star: Since graduating, Molly has starred as intergalactic pop superstar Nova Jones in the CBBC show of the same name (pictured in February 2022)

The show’s official Twitter account revealed the news, writing: ‘Say hello to Molly Rainford, she’s an intergalactic pop superstar from @CBBC and she’s here to star on #Strictly!’

This autumn, Molly will be seen across CBBC screens as Nova Jones returns for series two, with a third series already filmed for release in the coming months.

The announcement was first made on CBBC’s Newsround on Wednesday morning.

Since graduating, Molly has starred as Nova Jones in the CBBC show of the same name.

Molly has been shortlisted for Best Newcomer at the 2022 Variety Club Showbusiness Awards and has released two EPs, including single Commitment, which has garnered over two million streams to date.

Best friends: The star added that she's already spoken to former contestant HRVY about his time on the show, after he reached the final in 2020

Best friends: The star added that she’s already spoken to former contestant HRVY about his time on the show, after he reached the final in 2020

‘If I was singing, I’d know how handle it, but I’m worried It would throw me off when too much when I’m dancing.’

Asked what she fears the most about being on the show, Molly added: ‘Forgetting the steps because the judges notice everything. 

The star added that she’s already spoken to former contestant HRVY about his time on the show, saying: ‘One of my really good pals HRVY was on in 2020 and he said it was one of the best experiences he’s ever had.’

Fearful: Asked what she fears the most about being on the show, Molly (pictured in 2015) added: 'Forgetting the steps because the judges notice everything'

Fearful: Asked what she fears the most about being on the show, Molly (pictured in 2015) added: ‘Forgetting the steps because the judges notice everything’

The 38-year-old Ted Lasso star will swap the stage for the dance floor later this year to take part in the BBC Latin and ballroom show, but the star insists she has the dancing ability of a ‘newly born giraffe’.

Molly was the 10th celebrity confirmed for this year’s Strictly lineup, after comedian Ellie Taylor was revealed as the ninth celebrity contestant on Tuesday.

Number nine! Molly was the 10th celebrity confirmed for this year's Strictly lineup, after comedian Ellie Taylor (pictured) was revealed as the ninth celebrity contestant on Tuesday

Number nine! Molly was the 10th celebrity confirmed for this year’s Strictly lineup, after comedian Ellie Taylor (pictured) was revealed as the ninth celebrity contestant on Tuesday

‘I’ve watched the show for years so to be able to take to the dance floor is a dream come true, for both me and mum who is a Strictly super fan!

And preparing for her time on the dance floor, the comedian explained: ‘I’ve got a list of music tracks on my phone – it’s getting longer and longer,’ but confessed: ‘The dancing bit is what is completely out of my comfort zone.’

Asked by Ranvir who her perfect professional dance partner would be, Ellie admitted: ‘I want someone who’s patient. I need a tall, patient person.’ 

Actress: The Ted Lasso actress portrays Flo 'Sassy' Collins in the Apple TV+ show alongside Jason Sudeikis and Hannah Waddingham

Actress: The Ted Lasso actress portrays Flo ‘Sassy’ Collins in the Apple TV+ show alongside Jason Sudeikis and Hannah Waddingham

Nervous! Former Heart FM presenter Ellie was unveiled on Tuesday morning’s instalment of Lorraine – hosted by Ranvir Singh

8 Out of 10 Cats, Fake Reaction, and Mock the Week, and she co-hosts Cheat alongside Danny Dyer, which is coming soon to Netflix.

The Ted Lasso actress – who portrays Flo ‘Sassy’ Collins in the Apple TV+ show – has also appeared in the likes of Plebs, as well as panel shows, and is a host on Channel 4’s The Great Pottery Throwdown.

Exciting! She will swap the stage for the dance floor later this year to take part in the BBC Latin and ballroom show, but the star insists she has the dancing ability of a ‘newly born giraffe’

Ellie is married to CNN reporter Phil Black, after tying the knot in London in 2012, and the couple share three-year-old daughter, Valentina. 

It comes after Matt Goss, 53, was unveiled as the eighth celebrity contestant taking part in this year’s Strictly.

TV star: Ellie has also appeared in the likes of Plebs, as well as panel shows, and is a host on Channel 4's The Great Pottery Throwdown (pictured)

TV star: Ellie has also appeared in the likes of Plebs, as well as panel shows, and is a host on Channel 4’s The Great Pottery Throwdown (pictured)

Joining hosts Josie Gibson and Craig Doyle, Matt said: ‘I am excited, I’m nervous. You have the conversation and then think, ‘I’ve got to dance!’ 

The singer was announced as the latest addition to the 2022 line-up on Monday’s episode of This Morning. 

Matt, who has been living in America for the last 25 years as a headliner in Las Vegas, said he is happy to be spending an extended period of time at home again.

It comes after Tyler West was revealed as the seventh celebrity contestant taking part on Strictly.

Reveal: The singer  was announced as an addition to the 2022 line-up on Monday's episode of This Morning

Reveal: The singer  was announced as an addition to the 2022 line-up on Monday’s episode of This Morning

He announced in a statement: ‘I am SO gassed to be joining the Strictly family! As I started writing this I already got cramp. It’s going to be one crazy incredible journey which will no doubt be SO far outside my comfort zone.’

The KISS FM DJ broke the news on the station’s breakfast show hosted by Jordan Banjo and Perri Kiely on Monday. 

He continued: ‘It’s a show that means so much to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously shake a leg on that shiny dance floor… with a side of sequins.’

New star: Tyler West has been unveiled as the seventh celebrity contestant taking part in this year's Strictly

New star: Tyler West has been unveiled as the seventh celebrity contestant taking part in this year’s Strictly 

Having begun his broadcasting career in children’s television, presenting various programming across CBBC, he has hosted MTV News, HQ Trivia and the 2020 EE BAFTA Awards Red Carpet Live Show. 

Tyler is best known for hosting weekday afternoons on KISS, for which he was nominated for a prestigious ARIA for Best New Presenter in 2020. 

New gig: The KISS FM DJ broke the news on the station's breakfast show hosted by Jordan Banjo and Perri Kiely on Monday

New gig: The KISS FM DJ broke the news on the station’s breakfast show hosted by Jordan Banjo and Perri Kiely on Monday

Last year he launched his first BBC Three series, co-hosting Flat out Fabulous as well as becoming the host of The MTV Movie Show. 

The paralympic swimmer, 27, who has a type of dwarfism called achondroplasia and is a height of 4ft, is the first with the genetic condition to appear on the show.

It comes after Ellie Simmonds was announced as the sixth celebrity contestant on Sunday. 

Speaking after the announcement on BBC 5 Live Sunday Breakfast, the athlete said: ‘Oh my gosh!! I’m literally bursting with excitement!!

Ellie will be joining already announced stars Kym Marsh, Will Mellor, Richie Anderson and Jayde Adams on series 20 later this year.

Line-up: Ellie Simmonds has been announced as the sixth celebrity contestant taking part in this year's Strictly Come Dancing

Line-up: Ellie Simmonds has been announced as the sixth celebrity contestant taking part in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing

‘It’s been so hard keeping this secret as I’ve wanted to tell everyone. I’m going on Strictly Come Dancing!! I’m a tad nervous too, well more than a tad… I’m absolutely petrified! 

‘Plus wearing the sequins and all that, It’s going to be a blast. I’ve been watching Strictly from as far back as I can remember; it’s a traditional lead up to Christmas with my family and it’s a genuine privilege to be part of it.’

‘To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to so much fun. I’m counting down the minutes until it starts; learning to dance, meeting my partner and everyone else involved in the show. 

‘My family and friends will support me and help me stay grounded.

She added to The Mirror: ‘I’ll be so, so nervous, and I will try not to think of all the people watching,’ said Ellie, who attended the Commonwealth Games yesterday.

New venture: The paralympic swimmer, 27, will be joining already announced stars Kym Marsh, Will Mellor, Richie Anderson and Jayde Adams on series 20 later this year (pictured at the London 2012 paralympic games)

New venture: The paralympic swimmer, 27, will be joining already announced stars Kym Marsh, Will Mellor, Richie Anderson and Jayde Adams on series 20 later this year (pictured at the London 2012 paralympic games)

‘I am the first dwarf doing the show, I will show how positive that is, that to be different is OK. It is a real honour.’

In 2012 she achieved gold in the 400m freestyle and the 200m Individual Medley at the Summer Paralympics in London and won a further gold in the 200m Individual Medley at Rio 2016. 

Ellie is best known as a gold medal-winning Paralympic swimmer. At the age of thirteen she was the youngest British athlete at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, and won gold medals in the 100m and 400m freestyle events.

At the age of 13 she won BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year and a year later, at just 14 years old, she became the youngest person ever receive an MBE. 

In addition, she has also won ten gold World Championship titles. 

After retiring from competitive swimming in 2020, Ellie has gone on to present for BBC Sport, most recently for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, as well as making documentaries such as Ellie Simmonds: A World Without Dwarfism? for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. 

She was elevated to OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to Paralympic sport.

It comes after Jayde Adams was announced as the fifth contestant to sign up to Strictly Come Dancing 2022.

While panelists in the studio were thrilled at the announcement, Nadia was left visibly shocked and emotional, telling her friend: ‘Is It actually you?! Oh my God. I could cry!’

It's official! Kaye Adams has been announced as the fourth contestant to sign up to Strictly Come Dancing 2022

It’s official! Kaye Adams has been announced as the fourth contestant to sign up to Strictly Come Dancing 2022

Revealing how she felt about taking part, Kaye admitted: ‘It’s me! I’m absolutely terrified because I can’t dance. I could think of a million reasons not to do this’.

‘It’s amazing you can do it because let’s face it, you can’t dance, but that’s what we like to see on Strictly – somebody learn to dance. You’re going to be incredible, you’re so funny, you’ve got the best legs in the business. I can’t wait to get home and cha cha cha with you!’

Surprise! The Scottish TV star made the exciting announcement live on Friday's Loose Women on ITV after keeping it a secret from her co-stars

Surprise! The Scottish TV star made the exciting announcement live on Friday’s Loose Women on ITV after keeping it a secret from her co-stars

The journalist went on: ‘When these gorgeous dancers came on, I nearly exited from both ends of my body, honestly. Sorry about that!

‘I’m a really competitive person and Nadia, you know that’s true but in this I’m not. If I enjoy myself, I’ll be so happy.’

‘But I thought, ‘Am I going to be thinking at the end of September I wish I’d done this’. I’m 59, 60 at the end of this year and I was like, ‘Well, why not?’

Kaye follows in the footsteps of fellow Loose Women stars Judi Love, Ruth Langsford and Christine Lampard who have all taken part in Strictly. 

She added her daughters were not too fussed with the new as they simply told her: ‘Okay mum’.

Number three! Meanwhile, BBC Radio 2 DJ Richie Anderson revealed he will be joining the 2022 series during his radio show on Friday

Number three! Meanwhile, BBC Radio 2 DJ Richie Anderson revealed he will be joining the 2022 series during his radio show on Friday

He said in a release: ‘This is a dream come true! I cannot wait to get in those sparkles and sequins and shimmy across the most famous dance floor in the world! Strictly is the ultimate feel good show, as soon as I hear that iconic theme tune it’s just pure escapism.

The former Sunday League footballer – who went viral in 2018 when he came out as gay to his teammates at Coombs Wood F.C in an emotional documentary – said that it’s a ‘massive honour’ to be part of the show’s all-male partnership.

He added: ‘It’s also a massive honour to be part of an all-male dance partnership, it’s so important we have that inclusion on such a huge show.’

‘I’m going to have to cancel my legendary ‘Strictly’ launch night kitchen party that I throw every year, I’m sure my friends and family will understand.’

Candid: In 2018, Richie famously came out as gay to his Sunday league football teammates during a feature for The One Show exploring homophobia in the sport

Candid: In 2018, Richie famously came out as gay to his Sunday league football teammates during a feature for The One Show exploring homophobia in the sport

Last year’s series saw Great British Bake Off star John Waite form the show’s first all-male partnership with pro Johannes Radebe – with the couple reaching the final.

The team knew Richie was filming a piece for the daily BBC One programme, but it wasn’t until he sat them down in the locker room after the match that they discovered he was looking into the issues around being gay in grassroots football.

In 2018, Richie famously came out as gay to his Sunday league football teammates during a feature for The One Show exploring homophobia in the sport.

On Thursday, the first two stars for Strictly were announced, with actor Will and soap favourite Kym joining the lineup.

Talented: Last year's series saw Great British Bake Off star John Waite form the show's first all-male partnership with pro Johannes Radebe - with the couple reaching the final

Talented: Last year’s series saw Great British Bake Off star John Waite form the show’s first all-male partnership with pro Johannes Radebe – with the couple reaching the final

She said: ‘I’ve considered doing Strictly for years but the timings never worked out. I’m so delighted that this year they have!

The Coronation Street actress and the Two Pints Of Lager and A Packet Of Crisps star, both 46, were unveiled on Thursday’s BBC Breakfast, with Kym revealing she’s wanted to join the show for ‘a number of years.’

Speaking on Breakfast, Kym admitted she hadn’t told her Morning Live co-host Gethin Jones about taking part in the show, despite him previously taking part in 2007.

Here she is! Former Coronation Street star Kym was unveiled as the second contestant on Thursday's BBC Breakfast

Here she is! Former Coronation Street star Kym was unveiled as the second contestant on Thursday’s BBC Breakfast

The actress, who rose to fame as a star of the band Hearsay, added she’s open to learning the new dance styles, as they will be a stark contrast to her pop star days.

She continued: ‘I’m just very keen to learn watching it, I’ve done dancing before when I was a little girl, and when I was in Hearsay, my husband is very excited about me being able to teach him, so we can do it when we go to the balls.

Soap favourite: Kym is best known for playing Michelle Connor on Coronation Street from 2006 to 2019

Soap favourite: Kym is best known for playing Michelle Connor on Coronation Street from 2006 to 2019

Asked whether she’ll fear the harsh critiques of Craig Revel Horwood and the rest of the judging panel, Kym added: ‘I was judged by Nasty Nigel in Popstars don’t forget that, he was the villain back in the day!

‘Any of them really, just to learn how to dance properly would be brilliant.’

Kym is best known for playing Michelle Connor in Coronation Street from 2006 to 2019, and since October 2020 has co-hosted BBC’s Morning Live. 

‘These are the people I truly respect, this is what they do, I’m just going to have to suck it up I guess, you’ve just to take it on the chin.’

Kym’s unveiling came after fellow Corrie star Will was unveiled as the first contestant earlier in the show, with the actor saying he’s signed up to bring some joy to his mother after a ’tough time’ for his family.

Determined: Asked whether she'll fear the harsh critiques of Craig Revel Horwood and the rest of the judging panel, Kym added: 'I was judged by Nasty Nigel in Popstars don't forget that'

Determined: Asked whether she’ll fear the harsh critiques of Craig Revel Horwood and the rest of the judging panel, Kym added: ‘I was judged by Nasty Nigel in Popstars don’t forget that’

‘This is also my Mum’s favourite show and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing this is for her as well. Bring it on!’

He said: ‘I’m honestly so chuffed to be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this year! Not going to lie, it’s totally out of my comfort zone and I know it will be a huge challenge but that’s what life is all about.

First big star! Kym's unveiling came after fellow Corrie star Will was unveiled as the first contestant earlier in the show

First big star! Kym’s unveiling came after fellow Corrie star Will was unveiled as the first contestant earlier in the show

Following a series of clues alluding to his previous acting roles, Will was unveiled as the first Strictly star during the Breakfast show, and said he agreed to join the show after vowing to ‘grab life’ following his father’s death in 2020.

Tragic: He said he signed up for the show to bring some joy for his mum, after his beloved father Bill passed away from cancer in 2020

Tragic: He said he signed up for the show to bring some joy for his mum, after his beloved father Bill passed away from cancer in 2020

Will also revealed that he decided to join the show after vowing to ‘grab life and create new memories,’ and said he wanted to bring some positivity for his mother following his dad’s death in 2020, two weeks after being diagnosed with cancer.

‘When I said yes to doing it, it was a long way away, but it’s going a bit closer it starts settling in and it gets a bit frightening now.’

‘Because she’s had such a tough time of it I wanted to give her something to look forward to, she lost my dad and her brother and brother-in-law and sister in a year and it was a really tough time for the family. I think mentally it will be good for me as well.’

He said: ‘I lost my dad in 2020, and from then I thought I’ve just got to grab life and do things and create new memories, and that’sone of the reasons I said yes.

While he is best known for playing Gaz Wilkinson on the BBC comedy Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps, Will has also had roles in Holby City, Broadchurch and more recently, drug lord boss Harvey Gaskell in 2021.

Return: It comes after the launch date for this year's Strictly was revealed as Wednesday September 7 (Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly pictured)

Return: It comes after the launch date for this year’s Strictly was revealed as Wednesday September 7 (Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly pictured)

To mark the BBC’s 100th anniversary, the professional dancers will be putting on a special group routine like they have never done before.

It comes after the launch date for this year’s Strictly was revealed as Wednesday September 7, when the series will film a pre-recorded launch show which sees this year’s celebrity contestants paired up with their professional partners.

In another statement, Strictly bosses said fans can enter a draw to watch a recording of the special performance take place on August 24.

Show: The series will film a pre-recorded launch show on this date, meaning viewers will likely see the celebrity contestants paired up with their partners the weekend of September 10 (L-R Shirley Ballas, Anton Du Beke, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse)

Show: The series will film a pre-recorded launch show on this date, meaning viewers will likely see the celebrity contestants paired up with their partners the weekend of September 10 (L-R Shirley Ballas, Anton Du Beke, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse)

‘There may well be a surprise or two as well, with special guests and fun tributes to some of your favourite BBC shows.’

They said: ‘Strictly Come Dancing is celebrating 100 years of the BBC! The professional dancers will be throwing a party like only they know how, with a group number full of all the usual sparkle and glamour.

Show: To mark the BBC's 100th anniversary, the professional dancers will be putting on a special group routine like they have never done before

Show: To mark the BBC’s 100th anniversary, the professional dancers will be putting on a special group routine like they have never done before

Judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke have all been confirmed to return.

The four new world class dancers completing this year’s professional troupe are European cup winner Vito Coppola, Chinese National Champion Carlos Gu, former Under 21 British National Champion Lauren Oakley and Latin dance champion Michelle Tsiakkas.

Meanwhile, four new pro dancers have joined the line-up, which means that 20 professionals in total are ready to bring their skills to the BBC show’s dancefloor later this year – the show’s biggest dancer line-up in history.

Show favourites Alijaz Skorjanec and Oti Mabuse both quit Strictly Come Dancing earlier this year.

They join the professional dancers already revealed for the upcoming series: Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova, Graziano Di Prima, Amy Dowden, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Neil Jones, Nikita Kuzmin, Cameron Lombard, Gorka Marquez, Luba Mushtuk, Giovanni Pernice, Jowita Przystal, Johannes Radebe, Kai Widdrington and Nancy Xu.

STRICTLY COME DANCING 2022: WHO ARE THE CONTESTANTS?

KYM MARSH

New faces: Strictly Come Dancing will have its biggest professional dancer line-up in history when it returns this autumn for its 20th series with four new pros joining the show

New faces: Strictly Come Dancing will have its biggest professional dancer line-up in history when it returns this autumn for its 20th series with four new pros joining the show 

Age: 46

Kym says: ‘I’m so delighted that this year they have! I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m going to go from watching at home in my pyjamas to actually dancing in front of the judges in a glittery dress.’

Profession: Coronation Street star and presenter

RICHIE ANDERSON 

Profession: Radio presenter 

Age: 34

ELLIE SIMMONDS 

Richie says: ‘This is a dream come true! I cannot wait to get in those sparkles and sequins and shimmy across the most famous dance floor in the world!’

Age: 27

Ellie says: ‘To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to so much fun.’

Profession: Former athlete 

TYLER WEST 

Profession: Radio DJ

Age: 26

ELLIE TAYLOR

Tyler says: ‘It’s a show that means so much to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously shake a leg on that shiny dance floor… with a side of sequins.’

Age: 38

 

Ellie says: ‘Well, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I’m absolutely over the moon to be a part of Strictly 2022!’

Profession: Comedian

Profession: Retired footballer and manager

TONY ADAMS MBE 

Tony says:  ‘To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of the sequins and the call of the salsa has me swapping my battered old football boots for a set of Strictly soft shoes’

WILL MELLOR

Profession: Actor

Age: 46

 KAYE ADAMS 

Will says: ‘I know it will be a huge challenge but that’s what life is all about. This is also my Mum’s favourite show and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing this is for her as well. Bring it on!’

 Age: 59 

Kaye says: ‘I said I wanted to make the last year of my fifties memorable and i can’t think of a better way of doing it than showing the world my two left feet. Pray for me!’ 

Profession: Television presenter 

 JAYDE ADAMS

Profession: Comedian

Age: 37

MATT GOSS

Jayde says: ‘I’ve been a massive fan of the show for years. I feel like I’m watching myself in a dream and I can’t believe I’ve manifested this.’

Age: 53

Matt says: ‘I’ve been reclusive, I come and work and then go back to America. I thought, it’s time for me to come home and get out of my own way’

Profession: Singer

 MOLLY RAINFORD

Profession: Singer 

 Age: 21

Molly says: ‘I already know it’s gonna be an experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Strictly family I’ll be sharing it with.’ 

 

 

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