The new Ed Balls? Rev Richard Coles announced for Strictly 2017

The new Ed Balls? Rev Richard Coles announced for Strictly 2017

While the popular dance show hasn't yet hit the screens, it has been ramping up the tension by introducing a new celebrity contestant every day and today was the turn of actress and model Gemma Atkinson.

The Vicar of St Mary's Church in Finedon in Northamptonshire joinsEmmerdale's Gemma Atkinson, EastEnders' Davood Ghadami, presenter Ruth Langsford and former Saturdays star Mollie King in the line-up for Strictly, with more names to be revealed in the days ahead.

Communards star, turned vicar, the Rev Richard Coles has signed up for Strictly Come Dancing and admitted of his cha, cha, cha: "God does not always endow us with gifts equally".

"I did disco dancing from age nine to ten, but it was kind of cartwheels across the floor". While he is openly gay, he is also in a long-term celibate relationship.

"As far as dance training goes I've not had any". They looked me up and down a bit and said, 'Do you fancy it?'. I cunningly disguised myself as a cardinal. "It's obvious to anyone who knows me that a major dance talent was waiting to be discovered, I just wonder why it took them so long, frankly..."

We can't wait to see him put on his dancing shoes!


The announcement was made live on This Morning.

And what did last year's break-out Strictly star have to say?

Gemma initially embarked on the new fitness programme in May in a bid to tone up and achieve the fashionable "peachy bum" that she had always dreamed of.

"Without doubt it will be the scariest yet most exciting thing I've ever done".

While an exact start date has yet to be confirmed, around Saturday September 9 seems the likely launch date.

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