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Strictly Come Dancing 2022 contestants: Full line up of stars

Sonja Tutty

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Strictly Come Dancing 2022 contestants: Full line up of stars

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Strictly Come Dancing is ready to come back this year as it reveals its eleventh star on the 2022 lineup.

The show which draws in millions of viewers is gradually releasing the name of celebrities preparing to compete on the BBC One dance contest. Fans are eager to see who is on the lineup, so what stars have been revealed so far?

Tony Adams

Football legend Tony Adams has been announced as the most recent contestant for the upcoming series. Adams, 55, said on Twitter: "To say I'm excited is an understatement – the lure of the sequins and the call of the salsa has me swapping my battered old football boots for a set of Strictly soft shoes.

"I can't wait to meet my partner – god help her – and start the dancing," the Arsenal and iconic England player added.

Molly Rainford

CBBC Nova Jones star Molly Rainford has been revealed as the show's tenth contestant.

The former Britain's Got Talent finalist said in an announcement: "I'm so excited to be part of Strictly Come Dancing, I've watched it for years and can't wait to meet the pros and the others taking part! I can't wait to learn the moves and get dancing!" 

The 21-year-old singer is the youngest celebrity to join Strictly Come Dancing so far this year.

Ellie Taylor

Comedian Ellie Taylor was unveiled as a contestant yesterday. Taylor, 38, announced the news while chatting on breakfast show Lorraine and said she has the dancing ability of a "newly baby giraffe".

"Well, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I'm absolutely over the moon to be a part of Strictly 2022," the comedian said. "I've watched the show for years so to be able to take to the dance floor is a dream come true, for both me and mum who is a Strictly super fan."

Matt Goss

Matt Goss, 53, was revealed as contestant number eight. The leader singer of 1980s pop group Bros has been living in America over the past years and headlining in Las Vegas.

Goss told This Morning on Monday that he wants to do something out of his comfort zone. "I am excited, I'm nervous. You have the conversation and then think, "I've got to dance!" 

The added: "I've been almost reclusive, I come and work and then go back to America. I thought, it's time for me to come home and get out of my own way in a way."

Tyler West

Next up is DJ Tyler West. The Kiss FM DJ broke the news on the radio's morning show and said in a statement that he is "so gassed" to join the show.

"It’s a show that means so much to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously shake a leg on that shiny dance floor… with a side of sequins," the 26-year-old added.

Ellie Simmonds

Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds was announced as the sixth celebrity contestant over the weekend. Simmonds has a type of dwarfism known as achondroplasia and is 4ft tall. She will be the first with the genetic condition to appear on the show.

The 27-year-old told BBC 5 Live Sunday Breakfast: "It's been so hard keeping this secret as I've wanted to tell everyone. I'm going on Strictly Come Dancing. I'm a tad nervous too, well more than a tad - I'm absolutely petrified."

Jayde Adams

Comedian and actress Jayde Adams, 37, was announced as the fifth contestant and said keeping the secret was "torture". Adams, who won the 2014 Funny Women award, said she is a massive fan of the show.

"Since I watched the first series in 2004, I feel like every step I've taken in my career over the last 11 years was to be on Strictly," she added in a statement.

Kaye Adams

Kaye Adams was revealed as the series' fourth contestant. Speaking on ITV's Loose Women last week, the Scottish presenter said: "'It's me! I'm absolutely terrified because I can't dance. I could think of a million reasons not to do this."

As dancers came onto the show's stage, she added: 'When these gorgeous dancers came on, I nearly exited from both ends of my body, honestly. Sorry about that!"

Richie Anderson

BBC Radio 2 host Richie Anderson announced that he was joining the show last week. Anderson, 34, said in a statement: "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!"

The previous Sunday League footballer added: "Strictly is the ultimate feel good show, as soon as I hear that iconic theme tune it's just pure escapism."

He will be part of an all-male performance which he said is an honour to promote 'inclusion on such a huge show'.

On Thursday, the first two stars for Strictly were announced, with actor Will and soap favourite Kym joining the lineup.

Kym Marsh

The Coronation Street actress was one of the first to be announced as a contestant. The 46-year-old said: "I've considered doing Strictly for years but the timings never worked out. I'm so delighted that this year they have!"

"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!" she added in the announcement.

Will Mellor

Actor Will Mellor known for playing Jambo Bolton in Hollyoaks and Gaz Wilkinson in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps revealed he would be dancing on the show.

Mellor told BBC Breakfast that he wanted to join the contest after vowing to 'grab life' after he father died in 2020. "'This is also my Mum's favourite show and she's had a really tough few years so I'm doing this is for her as well. Bring it on," the 46-year-old said.

Topics: BBC, Strictly Come Dancing, TV and Film, Celebrity

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