Strictly Come Dancing has confirmed the sixth celebrity for the 2022 series.
The BBC has just announced that five-time Paralympic champion, presenter and documentary-maker Ellie Simmonds OBE will be taking to the dance floor this year. Will she be able to add the Glitterball Trophy to her collection?
“Oh my gosh!! I’m literally bursting with excitement!!” she said in a statement. “It’s been soooo hard keeping this secret as I’ve wanted to tell everyone. I’m going on Strictly Come Dancing!!
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“I’m a tad nervous too, well more than a tad… I’m absolutely petrified! To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to be so much fun. I’m counting down the minutes until it starts; learning to dance, meeting my partner and everyone else involved in the show. Plus wearing the sequins and all that, it’s going to be a blast.
“I’ve been watching Strictly from as far back as I can remember; it’s a traditional lead up to Christmas with my family and it’s a genuine privilege to be part of it.”
Across her career, Simmonds was crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year at age 13, and then became the youngest person to be given an MBE, before later becoming an OBE.
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The rest of the 2022 Strictly lineup currently includes Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps actor Will Mellor, Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh, BBC Radio 2 star Richie Anderson, Loose Women‘s Kaye Adams, and comedian and Snack masters presenter Jayde Adams.
Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One.
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