It’s nearly time to fire up the glitterball and dust off those salsa shoes – because Strictly Come Dancing is heading back to our screens for its 2022 series.
And once again a new batch of intrepid celebrities are set to take to the floor to give us their best dance moves, show off their best tango face and generally keep us glued to the screen of a Saturday night.
This year’s line-up is looking as good as ever – but who has been confirmed for the series so far?
Here’s who you’ll be watching on the dancefloor this autumn…
Who is in the Strictly 2022 line-up?
Actor Will Mellor – best known for the likes of Two Pints Of Lager and A Packet Of Crisps as well as Coronation Street (in which he played Harvey Gaskell) – was revealed as the first contestant to be taking to the ballroom floor.
‘I’m honestly so chuffed to be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this year!’ he enthused.
‘Not going to lie, it’s totally out of my comfort zone and I know it will be a huge challenge but that’s what life is all about.
Actor Will Mellor was the first contestant confirmed for this year’s Strictly (Picture: PA)
‘This is also my Mum’s favourite show and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing this for her as well. Bring it on!’
Actress, singer and presenter Kym Marsh was the second celebrity to be confirmed for a spin around the dancefloor.
Kym originally found fame as a member of Hear’Say, the band formed on the ITV show Popstars in 2000, but is best-known to many viewers as Coronation Street’s Michelle Connor – a role she played from 2006 until 2019.
Currently, she is a presenter on BBC One’s Morning Live – and she has admitted that doing Strictly has long been an ambition.
Kym Marsh is finally doing Strictly after waiting for years (Picture: BBC)
‘I’ve considered doing Strictly for years but the timings never worked out. I’m so delighted that this year they have!’ Kym said.
‘I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m going to go from watching at home in my pyjamas to actually dancing in front of the judges in a glittery dress, it’s unreal!’
Richie Anderson will take to the floor in an all-male pairing (Picture: BBC)
Radio 2 favourite Richie Anderson was the third person confirmed for this year’s line-up.
Richie is an RTS (Royal Television Society) award-winning presenter best known for his well-established role on BBC Radio 2’s Breakfast Show, fronting the travel bulletins as well as hosting a wide variety of his own shows.
‘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!’ Richie said.
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