Strictly Come Dancing 2017: Holby City star Joe McFadden signs up

Joe McFadden

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Joe is the sixth luminary to be announced in the Strictly line-up

Holby City actor Joe McFadden is the latest competitor to sign up for Strictly Come Dancing.

The soap star said: “Strictly is one of the biggest shows on TV and being partial of it is an event I’m anxious and shocked about in equal measure.”

So far, one luminary has been suggested per day for the new series of Strictly, which starts on BBC One in September.

Tess and Claudia will return to host, but it will be the first series but Len Goodman on the judging panel.

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Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly will be returning to benefaction this year’s series

Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood will instead be assimilated by general ballroom champion Shirley Ballas.

Here’s a outline of the contestants who have been reliable for this series so far:


Strictly: Class of 2017

Scottish actor Joe McFadden is substantially best know for personification the role of Raf di Lucca in Holby City.

His first TV role was in the STV soap Take The High Road before starring in The Crow Road, formed on the book by Iain Banks.

He major breakthrough came when he played PC Joe Mason in Heartbeat for two series.

He has also taken on entertainment work in theatre productions as different as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Rent and Rainbow Kiss.


Writer and broadcaster The Reverend Richard Coles is the only UK vicar to have had a chart-topping singular – and now he’s the first one to star on Strictly.

He told BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans Breakfast Show: “A major dance talent was watchful to be discovered. we just consternation what took them so long. I’m in it to wing it, as they say.”

Coles, who had hits with Jimmy Somerville in The Communards including Don’t Leave Me This Way, pronounced he had a “comprehensive briefing” from former Strictly star Ed Balls as partial of his preparations for the show – and has also “cut down on pig pies”.

But he pronounced he competence not be means to take partial in the Strictly live tour, as it clashes with Epiphany.

He hosts BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live and is a writer to Pause for Thought on Chris Evans’ show – as good as being vicar of St Mary’s Church in Finedon, Northamptonshire.


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Former glorious indication Gemma Atkinson now co-hosts Manchester radio hire Key 103’s breakfast show – which she will continue to benefaction during Strictly training.

Her behaving credits embody roles in Casualty, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks.

“I’m over vehement and impossibly nervous, but looking brazen to training a new skill,” she pronounced of joining this year’s Strictly.


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TV presenter Ruth Langsford is mostly seen hosting This Morning (when Phil and Holly are away) alongside her husband Eamonn Holmes.

Ruth said: “The sum of my dance knowledge is throwing a few shapes at a party, I’ve never had a dance doctrine in my life.”

“Without doubt, [Strictly] will be the scariest nonetheless many sparkling thing I’ve ever done.”


EastEnders actor Davood Ghadami, who has played Kush Kazemi in the soap given 2014, pronounced it was “such an honour” to be joining the dancing show.

“It’s going to be exciting, severe and terrifying all at once and we am so looking brazen to stepping out of my comfort section and training to dance,” he added.


Media captionMollie King is the first competitor to be announced for 2017’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Mollie King was the first competitor to be denounced for this year’s series.

The Saturdays thespian told Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw (above) she was “so excited” and always watched the show with her family, adding that she “can’t wait to get into the sequins”.


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