Actress Lesley Joseph, best known for her role in Birds of a Feather; World Champion long jumper Greg Rutherford, who has just returned from the Olympics in Rio; and EastEnders star Tameka Empson joined presenters Alex Jones and Patrick Kielty on The One Show on BBC One for a special Strictly-themed edition of the popular magazine programme.
“Strictly is an iconic show and I have always loved the glamour and the dedication and the entertainment, and this year it suddenly seemed right to take part. I am scared and excited and apprehensive and thrilled to be a part of this wonderful show and I will try my best and enjoy this amazing experience!” said Lesley.
“I love being challenged and taking to the Strictly ballroom is like nothing I have ever done before – doing this is definitely a long jump from my day job for sure!” said Greg.
“I have been waiting for years to take part in Strictly and I’m so excited that finally I get to show the nation my moves! It’s always been a dream and I can’t wait to get started!” said Tameka.
Lesley, Greg and Tameka join Ed Balls, Will Young, Laura Whitmore, Ore Oduba, Melvin Odoom, Louise Redknapp, Danny Mac, Daisy Lowe, Naga Munchetty, Anastacia, Claudia Fragapane and Judge Rinder who have already been announced as contestants for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Strictly Come Dancing – The Launch Show will be broadcast on BBC One on Saturday 3 September as the 15 celebrity contestants will discover which professional dancer they will be paired with as their journey towards the famous Glitterball Trophy begins. Once the pairings have been announced the celebrities and professionals will join together and take to the dancefloor for the very first time for an eye-catching group performance as Strictly 2016 blasts off in style.