BBC’s Richie Anderson joins Strictly Come Dancing and will dance with male pro partner

BBC Radio 2's Richie Anderson has signed up for this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

The BBC series is scheduled to return next month with presenters Tess Daly, 53, and Claudia Winkleman, 50, back as hosts, while Motsi Mabuse, 41, Shirley Ballas, 61, and Craig Revel Horwood, 57, will be returning to the judging panel, as well as Anton Du Beke, 56, who will be a permanent judge this series.

Hollyoaks star Will Mellor was the first confirmed contestant to take part in the show on Thursday morning, with Kym Marsh joining him on the line-up not long after.

Now, Richie, has been confirmed as the third celebrity joining the 2022 show.

The news was announced on Zoe Ball's Breakfast show, where he said: “This is a dream come true! I cannot wait to get in those sparkles and sequins and shimmy across the most famous dance floor in the world! Strictly is the ultimate feel-good show, as soon as I hear that iconic theme tune it’s just pure escapism.

“I’m going to have to cancel my legendary Strictly launch night kitchen party that I throw every year, I’m sure my friends and family will understand."

"It’s also a massive honour to be part of an all-male dance partnership, it’s so important we have that inclusion on such a huge show," he added.

Giving a preview on what to expect from the upcoming series, a post from the Strictly social media accounts posted earlier this week: “Strictly Come Dancing is celebrating 100 years of the BBC!

"The professional dancers will be throwing a party like only they know how, with a group number full of all the usual sparkle and glamour.

“There may well be a surprise or two as well, with special guests and fun tributes to some of your favourite BBC shows.”

Explaining how fans can get tickets for the recording of the Launch show, the BBC said: “Dust off your dancing shoes, Strictly Come Dancing is back!

“The stunning 20th series returns, bringing glamour and show-stopping dancing back to Saturday nights on BBC One – and we’re extremely excited to be able to welcome an audience back to the studio for this year’s shows.

“Hosted by the very talented and glamorous Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, the show will once again come live from Elstree Film and Television Studios.

“Registration is now open to be part of the exciting Launch Show, which is recording in advance of this year’s live shows on Wednesday, September 7.”

To mark the 20 years of Strictly Come Dancing, the new series will have 20 professional dancers, marking its biggest line-up of pro dancers to date.


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