She admitted she was ’embarrassed’ about her shockingly low odds to win Strictly Come Dancing.
And amid bookies predictions that Ruth Langsford will finish last in the BBC competition, she didn’t do much to turnaround expectations as she looked exhausted leaving the London studios after day one of rehearsals on Tuesday.
A far cry from the glamorous figure she cut as she arrived alongside the likes of Tess Daly, Gemma Atkinson and Jonnie Peacock, the 57-year-old presenter couldn’t stop yawning as she headed home for the night.
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Before and after: Amid bookmakers predictions she will finish come last in Strictly Come Dancing, Ruth Langsford didn’t do much to turn around expectations, as she looked exhausted after the first day of rehearsals in London on Tuesday
With her golden locks disheveled and unkempt, it was clear the This Morning host had worked hard on the dancefloor, with the group reportedly learning a routine to the Kenny Loggins classic, Footloose.
Ruth spoke about coming last in this year’s Strictly’s odds during Tuesday’s show.
Speaking on This Morning, she revealed: ‘I’m 66-1! It’s embarrassing, I’m at the bottom and we haven’t even started yet! It’s a bit unfair. What are they judging me on?’
Husband Eamonn Holmes, who is co-hosting the morning show with his wife during the summer run, added: ‘You could get the sympathy vote!’
What a difference a day makes: Ruth looked as glamorous as ever as she arrived for rehearsals, but after what must have been a been a tough day on the dancefloor she didn’t look as chirpy
STRICTLY 2017: THE ODDS
Aston Merrygold – 3/1
Davood Ghadami – 10/1
Jonnie Peacock – 20/1
Joe McFadden – 20/1
Brian Conley – 25/1
Richard Coles – 33/1
Simon Rimmer – 66/1
Alexandra Burke – 5/1
Mollie King – 4/1
Gemma Atkinson – 6/1
Charlotte Hawkins – 16/1
Debbie McGee – 50/1
Chizzy Akudolu – 50/1
Susan Calman – 50/1
Ruth Langsford – 66/1
According to Ladbrokes
He joked he wouldn’t want her to stay in the show for too long, as it could upset his enjoyment of the football season.
‘I wouldn’t want you to go on for too long, not in the first week but perhaps the second!’
But Ruth replied, ‘No, I’m in it to win it!’
And Ruth certainly looked ready for business as she joined the host of new contestants for the first rehearsals.
Leading the way: The hugely popular BBC show returns with a fifteenth series in September, and host Tess Daly was on hand to ensure the group were settled in for the first dance
Chic and cheerful: Sporting a cropped leather jacket and skinny combat trousers, Tess, 48, was in high spirits as she chatted with the Strictly crew
Hug it out: Tess was in an affectionate mood as she leaned in for a hug with the team
Natural beauty: Earlier in the day Tess had shown off her stunning beauty on the outing
The hugely popular BBC show returns with a fifteenth series in September, and co-hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman were on hand to ensure the group were settled in ahead of what promises to be a gruelling three-month race to the final.
Beaming broadly, blonde bombshell Tess, 48, seemed eager to throw herself into the action with the new crop of budding dancers.
Known for her glamorous appearance on the show, Tess proved she could look casually chic too in skinny combat trousers, to accentuate her famously statuesque frame.
She left her hair in loose tousled waves, and added a subtle smoky eye to draw attention to her naturally stunning features and glowing skin as she headed inside.
Stunning: Tess was joined by her right-hand woman Claudia Winkleman, who opted for a low-key look of a loose black jumper and went make-up to show off her natural beauty
She was joined by her right-hand woman Claudia Winkleman, who opted for a low-key look of a loose black jumper and went make-up to show off her natural beauty.
Leaving her trademark hair and full fringe loose, the presenter appeared completely relaxed as she mingled with this year’s contestants for the first time.
Joining the presenters were prominent new contestants Gemma Atkinson and Mollie King.
The Saturdays star slipped into a comfortable ribbed jumper and jeans as she arrived at the first day of rehearsals, with a beaming smile on her face
Loving life: Joining the presenters was Mollie King. The Saturdays star was in high spirits as she joined her new co-stars, beaming broadly as she strolled into the studios
Let’s do this: Gemma Atkinson was also on hand to take part in the first rehearsal
Excited: Newly-announced Charlotte Hawkins later arrived, with a wide smile on her face ahead of her first rehearsal
Meanwhile soap star Gemma, 32, hid her famously toned figure in a loose-fitting grey T-shirt, layered atop a blue sports bra, as she prepared to hit the floor with the pros.
Sweeping her hair into a tight french braid, the actress showcased her clear, glowing skin and beaming complexion to all as she chatted to Mollie on her way inside.
Comedian Susan Calman was then seen arriving with a friend in tow for support – looking the part for her day of dancing in soft grey tracksuit bottoms and gym trainers
Boys will be boys: A number of the male co-stars also arrived at rehearsals – including Simon Rimmer (L) and Brian Conley (R) looking decidedly more nervous than the young beauties
A number of the girls’ male co-stars also arrived at rehearsals – looking decidedly more nervous than the young beauties.
TV chef Simon Rimmer sported a casual black T-shirt for his first stint in the studio, while Brian Conley could not help but chuckle as he met his new co-stars, and potential rivals on the floor.
The first rehearsal reportedly saw the celebrities embark on an eighties themed choreography class – with the group performing steps to iconic film soundtrack Footloose.
Leading the pack: The show’s pro dancers were also seen arriving for the exciting day – including former winner Aljaz Skorjanec
Glam: Meanwhile his new wife Janette Manrara (L) looked ready and raring to go in a slinky black jumpsuit, while Chloe Hewitt upped the glamour in hot pink heels (R)
The full line-up for the 2017 series was confirmed on Monday – with five names announced in one day, and the final three enjoying a big reveal on The One Show with its former Strictly contestant hosts Matt Baker and Alex Jones.
Paralympic sprinter Jonnie Peacock, magician’s assistant Debbie McGee and singer Alexandra Burke were confirmed during the BBC show.
Most notable is GB sprinter Jonnie, 24 – who marks the first ever disabled contestant as a Paralympic athlete, telling hosts Alex Jones and Matt Baker that he’s hoping to ‘change the stigma’ of the series.
Confirming three celebrities on the line-up, GB sprinter Jonnie was confirmed to be hitting the floor – and the first ever Paralympic athlete to take part.
Speaking of his history making, he excitedly told Alex and Matt: ‘This is the first time they’ve got a disabled person, so I think it will be really good, and I hope we can change some of the stigma.’
Casually-cool: Meanwhile Giovanni Pernice embraced his co-stars with open arms after a year away
Playful: AJ Pritchard later arrived in a simple jeans and T-shirt combo, jazzed up by a bright red rucksack
The athlete went on to explain how he will partake in the show, and revealed he may have to have a special leg made – but joked it was his dancing ability that was more of a concern.
He said: ‘A professional came to check out the restrictions of my sprinting leg, but I think she realised quickly it was me that was the restriction!
‘I don’t know if i’ll be able to use my sprinting leg but I might have to get something made for more intricate dances such as the jive.’
However, he went on to joke that he has never been a good dancer and does not expect to win – instead wanting the experience of learning a new skill.
MEET THIS YEAR’S 15 CELEBRITY CONTESTANTS…
THE GIRLS – MOLLIE KING
WHO IS SHE? Mollie is famed for being one fifth of girl group The Saturdays, alongside Rochelle Humes and Frankie Bridge. The girls enjoyed success with hits such as What About Us and Higher, before taking a hiatus in 2015. Since then, Mollie has been pursuing a solo career.
Speaking about her addition to Strictly, she has said: ‘I’m a huge fan of Strictly Come Dancing so I can’t actually believe I’m lucky enough to be taking part in it this year.
‘I’m literally so excited to learn Latin and ballroom dancing, and of course I can’t wait to get into the sequins too!’
WHO IS SHE? Ruth presents on Loose Women and This Morning, alongside her husband Eamonn Holmes.
She says: ‘I have dreamt about doing Strictly for so long, I can’t quite believe my dream has come true! The sum of my dance experience is throwing a few shapes at a party.’
WHO IS SHE? Gemma rose to prominence starring on Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks. She now plays Carly Hope on Emmerdale.
She says: ‘I’m beyond excited and incredibly nervous but I am looking forward to learning a new skill in ballroom and latin dancing and taking on this new challenge.’
WHO IS SHE? Charlotte is a journalist and news anchor on Good Morning Britain. She was previously a presenter on Sky for seven years alongside Eamonn Holmes on Sunrise
She says: ‘It is a dream come true to be taking part and I’ll be following in the footsteps of my Good Morning Britain colleagues. I’m looking forward to stepping out from behind the news desk to cha-cha-cha my way across the dancefloor!’
WHO IS SHE? Susan is a Scottish comedian and broadcaster who is regularly head on BBC Radio 4
She says: ‘Finally I can reveal all the moves I’ve been practising in my kitchen to the nation. I am an enthusiastic home dancer and now I’ll be dancing in other people’s homes in a (hopefully) entertaining way.’
WHO IS SHE? Chizzy is best known for playing Mo Effanga in Holby City
She says: ‘When I was 13, I made the finals of a disco dancing competition but there was this amazing girl who exploded onto the stage, throwing glitter everywhere… this is my chance to have even more sequins.’
WHO IS SHE? Debbie is known for starring alongside her late husband Paul Daniels on his BBC series The Paul Daniels Magic Show
She says: ‘The excitement is overwhelming. I can’t stop smiling. It’s been the hardest secret I have ever had to keep!’
WHO IS SHE? Alexandra shot to stardom when she won The X Factor, under mentor Cheryl, in 2008. She has since gone on to forge her own music career and starred in the West End
She says: ‘To be a part of Strictly is just a dream come true for me – I still can’t believe it! I am very nervous.’
Jonnie added: ‘I’m always last person on the dance floor as I’m either paralytic, or stood by the bar! So I wanted to challenge myself. Experiences like this help you grow as a person.’
The sprinter is best known for bagging the gold medal for the T44 Men’s 100m at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 games.
A number of sporting giants, including Mark Ramprakash, Darren Gough, Greg Rutherford and Louis Smith have appeared on the show in the past, but Jonnie is the first Paralympian to be signed up.
Making history: The sprinter, 24, is the first ever Paralympic athlete to be taking part on the beloved BBC show, and admitted he hopes to ‘change the stigma’ of the series
Proud: Speaking of his history making, he told Alex and Matt: ‘This is the first time they’ve got a disabled person, so I think it will be really good, and I hope we can change some of the stigma’
Get into the groove: He joked on the show: ‘I’m always last person on the dance floor as I’m either paralytic, or stood by the bar! So I wanted to challenge myself’
However back in 2014, Strictly did air a Sport Relief special, which saw four Paralympic athletes hit the floor – blind footballer David Clark, javelin thrower Nathan Stephens, wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft, and sitting volleyball player Martine Wright.
The British ‘blade runner’, who had his right leg amputated below the knee when he was five after contracting meningitis, added that he hopes to change perceptions of disability.
He said: ‘The opportunity to be the first contestant with a disability to take part in Strictly’s main show was too good to turn down.
THE BOYS – DAVOOD GHADAMI
WHO IS HE? Davood is known for starring on BBC soap EastEnders as Kush Kazemi. He has previously appeared on The Bill, Doctor Who and Silent Witness
Speaking about his addition to Strictly, he said: ‘Having the opportunity to take part in this year’s Strictly is such an honour. It’s going to be exciting, challenging and terrifying all at once and I am so looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone and learning to dance. See you under the Glitterball!’
WHO IS HE? Joe plays Raffaello ‘Raf’ di Lucca in BBC series Holby City
He says: ‘It is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I’m thrilled and terrified about in equal measures.’
REVD. RICHARD COLES
WHO IS HE? The Church of England priest is a writer and broadcaster and co-hosts BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live
He says: ‘Cometh the hour, cometh the overweight Vicar with arthritis in his knees.’
WHO IS HE? Simon is a chef and TV presenter who is much-loved for his presenting role alongside Tim Lovejoy on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch
He says: ‘I am so excited, terrified and proud to be invited to be part of Strictly 2017. I’ve always been a HUUUUGE fan of the show. When I put on my sequins and hit the floor it will genuinely be my very first time dancing ballroom and latin. Nobody will try harder, have more fun or get more out of it than me.’
WHO IS HE? Brian is a comedian, actor and TV presenter who has an extensive career panning 40 years
He says: ‘My family all love the show and can’t wait to see me do my Dad dancing on national television. I know it’s going to be a lot of hard work but I’m up for the challenge, so bring on the spray tan and sequins.’
WHO IS HE? Aston first found fame as a member of boyband JLS who rose to prominence on The X Factor n 2008 and finished as runner-ups
He says: ‘It is such a brilliant show and I’ve followed it for years. I’m both nervous and excited to learn from the professionals about a whole new way of dancing!’
WHO IS HE? Jonnie is a double Paralympic medallist and won his first gold at London 2012. The sports star is a below the knee amputee, who had contracted meningitis at the age of five, but is now one of Britain’s most successful Para Athletes.
He says: ‘The opportunity to be the first contestant with a disability to take part in Strictly’s main show was too good to turn down. I’ve got no previous dance history outside of the occasional ‘worm’ at a mate’s party and I know this will be a challenge and a new experience. I can’t wait to see what I can achieve and how far I can push myself.’
‘I’ve got no previous dance history outside of the occasional “worm” at a mate’s party and I know this will be a challenge and a new experience. I can’t wait to see what I can achieve and how far I can push myself.’
Cheering him on during the Saturday night live shows is likely to be his girlfriend of five years, Sally Brown, who is also a Paralympic runner.
It is understood the athlete – who also won the 100m at the Birmingham Athletics Grand Prix last weekend – wants to be treated the same as his rivals and has made no special requirements regarding his coaching.
However, those closest to Peacock will be all too aware of the risks of taking part in the contest, with the intense dance training putting extra pressure on his stump.
Man of the hour: Jonnie, from Cambridge, bagged the gold medal at both the London 2012 (above) and Rio 2016 Paralympic games in the T44 Men’s 100m
Inspiration: The ‘blade runner’, who had his right leg amputated below the knee when he was five after contracting meningitis, added that he hopes to change perceptions of disability
Earlier this year German Paralympic runner Heinrich Popow took part in Germany’s version of Strictly, Let’s Dance – but had to bow out of the contest due to a swelling on his stump.
Additionally, 11-time Paralympic gold-medallist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson spoke out during last month’s World Championships about the difficulties amputees face in avoiding injury.
‘For amputee sprinters, it’s very difficult,’ she told the BBC. ‘If you have any bruising or the slightest mark on your stump you can’t train.
‘It changes everything you do. As an amputee, you have bone and soft tissue without the joints and bits protecting it. Long-term, that’s tough on the body. That area of skin can be really hard to heal – you could be out for six months or a year.’
Dynamic duo: Cheering him on during the Saturday night live shows is likely to be his girlfriend of five years, Sally Brown (above), who is also a Paralympic runner
Strain: However, those closest to Peacock will be all too aware of the risks of taking part in the contest, with the intense dance training putting extra pressure on his stump
Joining Jonnie on the line-up was Debbie McGee – who has been confirmed just one day after rumours emerged she had signed up, in her late husband Paul Daniels’ memory.
Excitedly dancing to greet Alex and Matt, the 58-year-old could not contain her excitement, stating: ‘When Paul was on the show I was really jealous, so when they rang and asked whether I wanted to do it it was a 100% yes.’
Having already started rehearsals, the blonde then confessed that she had been ‘having a ball’ so far, but that her dancing still needs some work.
She laughed: ‘During the first day of rehearsal I trod on people’s toes, so I hope I don’t do that on Strictly!
Next in line: Joining him on the line-up was Debbie McGee – who has been confirmed just one day after rumours emerged she had signed up, in her late husband Paul Daniels’ memory
Big fan: The star, 58, could not contain her excitement, stating: ‘When Paul was on the show I was really jealous, so when they rang and asked whether I wanted to do it it was a 100% yes’
Iconic: Debbie is best known as the assistant and romantic partner of magician Paul Daniels (above) who rose to fame following their series The Paul Daniels Magic Show in 1979
‘It’s so exciting. It’s very nerve-wracking but we’ve all had a ball already and everyone really gets on, they couldn’t shut us up!’
Debbie is best known as the assistant and romantic partner of magician Paul Daniels.
The pair met back in 1979 at rehearsals for his show in Great Yarmouth, and the pair went on to star in their own BBC series The Paul Daniels Magic Show later that year, which rocketed them to national fame.
RIP: Paul himself appeared on Strictly back in 2010, and Debbie is believed to be taking part on the show now in his memory – following his death to a brain tumour last year, aged 77
Having a (glitter) ball: Speaking of her first rehearsal, she said: ‘It’s so exciting. It’s very nerve-wracking but we’ve all had a ball already and everyone really gets on, they couldn’t shut us up’
Paul himself appeared on Strictly back in 2010, and Debbie is believed to be taking part on the show now in his memory – following his death to a brain tumour in March last year, aged 77.
A source told The Sun of her appointment: ‘Debbie has wanted to do the show for years.
‘She has told friends she is doing it for Paul and is going to take it incredibly seriously. She wants to put the fun back in her life for the first time properly since he died.’
Graceful: In her youth, Debbie trained a ballet dancer at the Royal Ballet School, and was even the artistic director of her own ballet company for three years
She’s ready all-white! Alexandra Burke completed the line-up, squealing with delight as she emerged in the One Show studios in a stylish white suit
In her youth, Debbie trained a ballet dancer at the Royal Ballet School, and was even the artistic director of her own ballet company for three years.
Rounding up the star-studded line-up was singer Alexandra Burke, who squealed with delight as she emerged in the One Show studios in a chic white suit.
While she has forged a successful career in pop, the 28-year-old admitted she had never done anything like Ballroom and Latin, meaning the series will be a ‘huge challenge’.
Ready for the challenge: She said: ‘It’s so different, I’m a singer not a dancer! Any dancing I’ve done is completely different to this, so it will be such a challenge for me’
No stranger to the stage: Alexandra won The X Factor back in 2008, and is currently touring the UK in Sister Act – choreographed by Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood
Chic: Alexandra certainly exuded the glamour needed for Strictly as she left the BBC studios after the announcement, in a stylish white suit
Sterling effort: She tied her look together with shimmering silver court shoes, which added height to her already statuesque frame
She said: ‘It’s so different, I’m a singer not a dancer! Any dancing I’ve done is completely different to this, so it will be such a challenge for me.’
Adding that she is ticking off an activity on her bucket list by appearing on the show, she continued enthusiastically: ‘I have wanted to be a part of the show for such a long time, so it really is a dream come true.’
Alexandra rose to fame as a singer – having won The X Factor back in 2008, and going on to achieve a number one album and three number one singles.
Fit for the job: Alexandra showed off her enviably slender figure in the skimpy bralet and trouser combo – proving to be fit as a fiddle ahead of her appearance on the show
Grateful: The brunette happily signed autographs after her appearance
Feeling good: Alexandra appeared over the moon as she waved excitedly at cameras
However the beauty recently turned her attention to theatre, and is currently touring the UK in Sister Act – choreographed by Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood.
Discussing whether he will be stricter on her because of this, she admitted: ‘He’s going to be brutal!
‘He was like that just directing the show. He’s going to be horrendous to me I’m sure! But as long as its constructive criticism, I am ready for it.’
Main man: Jonnie looked equally excited about the appearance as she headed home after the show, casually clad in black jeans and a blue shirt
Equal treatment: It is understood the athlete wants to be treated the same as his rivals on the show, and has made no special requirements regarding his coaching
Glam girl: Debbie proved she was still in tip top shape in a slinky black dress, which hugged her frame to its fishtail hem
Monochrome magic: Debbie could not contain her excitement as she beamed for cameras in the dress, which featured flattering white panels down each side
Co-ordinated: She tied her look together with matching black and white heels, and a bright pastel bag
Debbie, Jonnie and Alexandra completed the full Strictly line-up on Monday – following the confirmation of Charlotte Hawkins and Chizzy Akudolu earlier that day.
Journalist and anchor Charlotte, 42, announced that she was competing for the glitterball trophy on the upcoming 15th series on Good Morning Britain.
After teasing audiences with a big announcement since the beginning of the show, Charlotte enthusiastically revealed: ‘The breaking news is we can announce the 11th contestant to join ‘Strictly’ is … me!’
Say cheese! The blonde happily took photos with fans outside the studios following her announcement
Power trio: The newly-announced contestants happily posed together outside the studios
Suits you! Anton du Beke also appeared on the show to discuss the late Sir Bruce Forsyth, and appeared in good spirits at the new appointments
Doing the honours: The final contestants were announced by One Show hosts Matt Baker and Alex Jones (above)
Glam: Former Strictly star Alex Jones dazzled in metallic pink trousers and matching loafers
Slender: She showed off her sensational figure in the ensemble, just six months after welcoming her son Teddy
Speaking of the exciting upcoming project, Charlotte told her co-host Richard Arnold: ‘Nobody knows, I’ve kept it a secret from literally everybody. I’m really sorry to my friends and my family. Surprise!’
She also sought advice from her other colleague Kate Garraway – who finished eighth out of 14 contestants on the show – who stated: ‘What we need to know Charlotte is, “Are you going to do well?”
‘I was a disgrace, Richard was better. Susanna was amazing. She wasn’t working with us at the time though. Can you fly the flag for ‘Good Morning Britain’?”‘ she quizzed the stunning blonde.
Shimmying to success! Debbie, Jonnie and Alexandra completed the Strictly line-up on Monday – following the confirmation of Charlotte Hawkins (L) and Chizzy Akudolu (R)
Breaking news: The anchor and journalist announced the that she was competing for the glitterball trophy on the upcoming 15th series on Good Morning Britain on Monday
Speaking of the exciting upcoming project, Charlotte told her co-star Richard Arnold: ‘Nobody knows, I’ve kept it a secret from literally everybody. I’m really sorry to my friends and my family. Surprise!’
‘I did a bit of ballet’: Charlotte then admitted that she could have an advantage over other contestants thanks to her prior dance experience
Charlotte then admitted that she could have an advantage over other contestants thanks to her prior dance experience.
She revealed: ‘I did dancing as a child. I did a bit of ballet. I do a bit of dancing round the kitchen with my two year old, but I don’t know if that counts?’
Speaking ahead of the big TV reveal, which is already shaping up to be quite the star-studded affair, Charlotte revealed: ‘I am so thrilled to be one of the contestants on Strictly this year! I’ve always been a big fan of the show.
Clearly enthusiastic, the Chichester born beauty continued: ‘It is a dream come true to be taking part and I’ll be following in the footsteps of my Good Morning Britain colleagues.
Speaking ahead of the big TV reveal, which is already shaping up to be quite the star-studded affair, Charlotte revealed: ‘I am so thrilled to be one of the contestants on Strictly this year! I’ve always been a big fan of the show’
Holding onto a pair of slippers, the Chichester born beauty continued: ‘It is a dream come true to be taking part and I’ll be following in the footsteps of my Good Morning Britain colleagues’
She’s got the look: Charlotte is known for her effortless style
Multi-talent: Charlotte presents an array of segments on ITV’s morning programmes
‘I’m looking forward to stepping out from behind the news desk to cha-cha-cha my way across the dancefloor!’
Charlotte boasts quite a successful career to date after starting her broadcasting profession at ITN in 1999.
Since then she’s worked for ITV Meridian, anchored Sunrise Live at the Olympics and presented coverage of the Diamond Jubilee and Royal Wedding.
She has also worked at Sky News for seven years on Sunrise with Eamonn Holmes.
TV personality: Charlotte boasts quite a successful career to date after starting her broadcasting profession at ITN in 1999
Exciting: Charlotte couldn’t contain her delight as she posed for snaps
‘Breaking my own news!’ Charlotte also took to Twitter to speak of the exciting upcoming TV project
Meanwhile, Chizzy, who played heart surgeon Mo Effanga on the hospital drama Holby City, was announced on Strictly Come Dancing’s official Twitter account, alongside a dazzling picture of herself.
The 43-year-old TV favourite was heavily rumoured to be part of the line-up and an inside previously revealed to the Mirror: ‘She has millions of fans from Holby.’
Chizzy started on the popular series in 2012, before making her exit in June this year.
Following her character’s departure, with her love interest Mr T and son Hector in tow, the actress revealed to What’s On TV: ‘I love the show and I love Mo, but I felt it was time to spread my wings a bit. I guess I just felt the pull away from the show.
‘Drumroll’: Meanwhile, Chizzy, who played heart surgeon Mo Effanga on the hospital drama Holby City, was announced on Strictly Come Dancing’s official Twitter account, alongside a dazzling picture of herself
Next in line: Chizzy, 43, was heavily rumoured to be part of the line-up
End of an era: Chizzy started on popular series Holby City in 2012 (pictured in 2015), before making her exit in June this year
‘There are other things being made and I didn’t want to feel like I was missing out.
The group complete this year’s star-studded line-up – including The Saturdays’ Mollie King, TV chef Simon Rimmer, comedians Brian Conley and Susan Calman, and JLS’ Aston Merrygold.
Joe McFadden, Reverend Richard Coles, Gemma Atkinson, Ruth Langsford and Davood Ghadami have also been confirmed for the new series.
Meanwhile Latin and Ballroom champion Shirley Ballas has been drafted in to replace head judge Len Goodman, who bid farewell to the show last year.
Shaping up nicely: Charlotte joins a star-studded line-up so far – including JLS’ Aston Merrygold (L) and The Saturdays’ Mollie King (R)
Getting his groove on: Reverend Richard Coles has also signed up for the show, and is preparing to hit the dance floor with his best shapes
Doing it for the boys: Comedian Brian Conley (L) and TV chef Simon Rimmer (R) have also been confirmed
Funny girl: Comedian Susan Calman admitted she couldn’t wait to ‘reveal all the moves she’s been practising in the kitchen to the nation’ on the show
Dancefloor battle: Actress Gemma Atkinson (L) and This Morning’s Ruth Langsford (R) are also confirmed amongst others to show off their dance skills
East End to West End: Davood Ghadami, of EastEnders fame, is also set to polish his dancing shoes for the beloved BBC series
Just what the doctor added! Meanwhile Holby City’s Joe McFadden will no doubt provide some eye candy on this year’s series