Loose Women's Jamelia is confirmed as Strictly Come Dancing's 12th celebrity contestant
After 15 years in the music industry, Jamelia will be turning her hand to dancing.
The singer and TV presenter - currently one of the panelists of Loose Women - has been confirmed as the 12th contestant for this year's BBC One talent competition.
Confirming the news on Monday to the BBC's Director of Television, Danny Cohen, the 34-year-old said she's doing it for her two dance-loving daughters Teja, 14, and Tiani, nine.
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Also signed up: Jamelia has become the 12th contestant to be signed up for Strictly Come Dancing
Jamelia said: 'My girls are huge fans of Strictly, but when I told them I was doing it they laughed as they know that dancing is not my forté!
'The girls are amazing dancers though so I definitely want to learn a new skill so that I'll be able to give them a run for their money, and end them teasing me once and for all!'
Jamelia first hit the music scene in 2000 with her successful debut I Do, but was originally signed for her first major record label aged 15.
It's not her first encounter with reality TV nonetheless, she took a coaching role on The Voice Of Ireland in 2013 and also appeared in Bear Gryll's Mission Survive on ITV this year.
Now better known: Jamelia is now best known for her panelist role on Loose Women, seen here in April
Throwback: The singer, seen here in May 2004, had her first big UK hit in 2000
She's best known now for her role as a Loose Woman on the lunchtime ITV favourite.
The final three celebrity contestants for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing will be announced later this week.
On Monday, Anita Rani revealed her excitement to take part in this year's Strictly when she was confirmed as the 11th celebrity.
Announcing the news during the One Show on Monday, the 37-year-old star said: 'So many elements of Strictly terrify me but I shall try and think #BeyonceAlwaysOnBeat as I hit the dance floor.
Excited: TV presenter Anita Rani was the 11th contestant to be added to the Strictly Come Dancing line-up on Monday
'I'm so excited to indulge that fantasy and hopefully learn some mean moves in the process. Let's get our groove on!'
The brunette has also appeared on Watchdog and Countryfile in the past, as well as being part of the team that presented the BBC's Royal Wedding coverage in 2011.
Meanwhile, The Wanted singer Jay McGuiness was added to the line up and said he's got plenty of people he needs to impress
'My family are such huge Strictly fans,' he revealed. 'I know I've made them very happy by taking part - I can't wait to get started!
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