On Friday morning BBC radio and TV presenter Richie Anderson was revealed as the third contestant to be taking part in the 20th series of Strictly Come Dancing. He joins TV actors Kym Marsh and Will Mellor, who were announced as contestants on Thursday, August 4.
Mr Anderson, who reads the travel news on several shows across BBC Radio 2, will be competing as part of a same-sex couple – the third to appear on the show.
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He said it was a “dream come true”, adding that he “cannot wait to get in those sparkles and sequins”.
He told Zoe Ball on Friday morning’s show: “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.”
The BBC has confirmed the show’s launch will be filmed on September 7.
More contestants are due to be announced for the next series in the coming days.
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.”
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