Two London 2012 medalists and a big name popstar are the latest celebrities to join this year’s Strictly Come Dancing line-up, it has been confirmed.
Olympians Victoria Pendleton and Louis Smith will take to the dance floor for the upcoming tenth series of the BBC reality show, alongside Girls Aloud star, Kimberly Walsh.
British cyclist Victoria won one gold and one silver medal at this year’s Olympic Games in London, while Smith, 23, bagged silver in the pommel horse and picked up bronze for the event in Beijing four years ago.
Tracy Beaker actress Dani Harmer and Westlife’s Nicky Byrne will also appear, however, the remaining eight celebrity contestants are being kept under wraps.
Thirty-one-year-old Victoria’s agent confirmed the news on Twitter, posting:
“@v_pendleton IS doing Strictly – pretty exciting and no doubt she’ll work at it to become a very good dancer. That’s what athletes do.”
Reports emerged last week that Girls Aloud singer Kimberley – who recently showed off her dancing skills as Princess Fiona in the West End adaptation of Shrek – would also be joining Strictly, with the BBC finally confirming the news via Twitter on 8 September:
“Kimberley Walsh joins Strictly Come Dancing! A rumour no longer just the ‘sound of the underground’.”
The new series of Strictly starts on 15 September at 6:30pm on BBC One, with new judge Darcy Bussell replacing Alesha Dixon on the panel.
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