Mollie King, Debbie McGee and Aston Merrygold join Strictly Come Dancing

Chizzy Akudolu- Strictly Come Dancing

The BBC has announced the Strictly Come Dancing 2017 launch date will be in around a month's time in September 2017.

The 43-year-old said: "When I was 13, I made the finals of a disco dancing competition once but there was this wonderful girl who exploded onto the stage with a gorgeous sequined costume, throwing glitter everywhere..."

Chizzy joined the cast in 2012 and hung up her stethoscope this past June after five years.

It's thought that the full line-up for Strictly Come Dancing 2017 will be confirmed tonight (August 21) on The One Show.

Richard Arnold, who previously competed on the programme, then bounded onto the set to talk to Charlotte about the new gig, at which point the pretty blonde said: "Nobody knows, I've kept it a secret from literally everybody". Her background is in comedy acting and she is also a writer and producer.

In addition to Charlotte, The Mirror is reporting that Holby City actress Chizzy Akudolu has also signed on the dotted line, while rumours are also swirling that Debbie McGee will be confirmed as another celebrity on the show later today.

'There are no words to describe how I feel about performing on Strictly Come Dancing, ' Debbie said. I knew it was game over for me.

But does she have what it takes to take the top spot on Strictly?

And finally, Akudolu has a brown belt in karate- so hopefully we'll be seeing some high kicks on the Strictly dance floor...

"I love this show and have followed it from the beginning, so being able to be a part of it is just a dream come true for me - I still can't believe it!"

She joins the likes of Saturdays singer Mollie King, comedian Brian Conley and This Morning presenter Ruth Langsford in the contest, which returns to BBC One this autumn.

The three stars have shared their excitement, with Debbie revealing on the show that rehearsals officially started today.



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