Strictly Come Dancing 2017: Gemma Atkinson joins line-up

Gemma Atkinson is the latest contestant to be unveiled for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

“Learning to dance is so out of my comfort zone – so I just want to challenge myself,” the actress and radio presenter told BBC Breakfast.

So far, one celebrity has been revealed per day for the new series of Strictly, which begins on BBC One in September.

Tess and Claudia will return to host, but it will be the first series without Len Goodman on the judging panel.

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

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

Strictly: Class of 2017

Former glamour model Gemma Atkinson currently co-hosts Manchester radio station Key 103’s breakfast show – which she will continue to present during Strictly training.

Her acting credits include roles in Casualty, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks.

“I’m beyond excited and incredibly nervous, but looking forward to learning a new skill,” she said of joining this year’s Strictly.

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

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

“Without doubt, [Strictly] will be the scariest yet most exciting thing I’ve ever done.”

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

“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,” he added.

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Mollie King was the first contestant to be unveiled for this year’s series.

The Saturdays singer 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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