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Reverend Richard Coles has been announced as the fifth star to appear on the new series of Strictly Come Dancing, which airs next month. "There's more bling in my vestry than in their dressing room".

Speaking on BBC Breakfast this morning, Gemma said: "It's insane, you only live once so you have to challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone!"

SOAP actress Gemma Atkinson can't wait to dazzle on the dance floor as she joins BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

On Monday, Mollie King became the very first name officially confirmed for the Strictly Come Dancing 2017 line up. I cunningly disguised myself as a cardinal...

Joining them will be EastEnders' heartthrob Davood. "I'm looking forward to just learning to dance as it's out of my comfort zone".

While Loose Women panellist Ruth Langsford was revealed as the third celebrity contestant on Wednesday's This Morning.

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The announcement was made live on This Morning.

"The sum of my dance experience is throwing a few shapes at a party, I've never had a dance lesson in my life". I am so excited, I'm really nervous as well. "It will be a welcome change worrying about my next hot move instead of my next hot flush!"

Strictly Come Dancing starts later year in September on BBC One.

This series will also see a new face on the judging panel after Len Goodman's departure past year after 14 series.

The forthcoming series will see legendary choreographer Shirley Ballas claim Len Goodman's Head Judge seat following his shock departure at the end of past year and, although the fellow panelists - Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli - are excited to have her on board, they're convinced she'll stand her ground.