Greg Rutherford, Tameka Empson and Lesley Joseph are the final three celebrities to be confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing...joining an all star line-up
Gregory Rutherford, Tameka Empson and Lesley Joseph have been announced as the final three stars to join this year's Strictly Come Dancing line-up.
On Monday Alex Jones and Matt Baker announced Greg- British Olympic long jump athlete, Tameka Empson aka Eastenders' Kim Fox and Birds of a Feather's Lesley complete the Strictly line-up, on The One Show.
They join BBC Breakfast's Naga Munchetty, Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane, DJ Melvin Odoom, sports presenter Ore Oduba, TV star Laura Whitmore, politician Ed Balls and pop star Will Young amongst others.
Final three: Gregory Rutherford, Tameka Empson and Lesley Joseph have been announced as the final three stars to join this year's Strictly Come Dancing line-up
Freshly returned from competing in the Olympics in Rio, Greg told the presenters that winning the Bronze medal is bitter sweet- but he is terrified about competing on Strictly.
'I've never danced a step in my life', he told the team.
'I hope I have a great partner as I truly don't have a clue what I'm doing'.
Tameka admitted it was so hard trying to keep her upcoming appearance secret- especially as a lot of the Eastenders cast have appeared on the show.
Excited: Tameka admitted it was so hard trying to keep her upcoming appearance secret- especially as a lot of the Eastenders cast have appeared on the show
Tameka previously performed on Let's Dance in 2010, and proved she had quite the rhythm.
'I'm going to have to work on the Ballroom dance, but jive and Latin I'll be good at', she told the team.
Lesley cringed at her previous impersonation of Lady Gaga, and told The One Show she would love to be partnered with heartthrob Kevin Clifton- giving them a cheeky wink.
'The anticipation is the worst!' she revealed.
Hoping for Kevin Clifton: 'The anticipation is the worst!' Lesley admitted
On Sunday Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane was also confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing.
The 18-year-old athlete - who has just taken part in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro - is the latest star to join the upcoming series of the BBC One show.
Although she is 'obviously competitive', Claudia isn't expecting to make the final and said: 'I just want to go there, enjoy it and challenge myself.
Raising the bar: Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane, 18, was confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday
'And she isn't worried about the tough Strictly judges, explaining: 'Some are harsher critics than others but I take criticism well.
She also revealed she was inspired to take part by fellow gymnast Louis Smith, who scooped the Glitterball trophy in 2012.
Claudia said: 'I always watched it when Louis Smith was on. I love the different styles of dancing and the costumes. I love costumes that stand out. Lots of sparkles!'
Following in his footsteps: The talented teen revealed she was inspired to take part by fellow gymnast Louis Smith, who scooped the Glitterball trophy in 2012
Amazing athlete: Claudia made history by winning four gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
Hard at work: Claudia has just taken part in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro
Claudia made history by winning four gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
She also won three successive silvers at the European Championships and was named Young Sports Personality of the Year.
This comes after Anastacia was the tenth celebrity contestant to be confirmed for the Saturday night show on Friday.
New recruit: The news of Claudia joining the line-up comes after singer Anastacia was confirmed for the show on Friday
The announcement was made live on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 where Anastacia, 47, joined Dominic Cooper and former Strictly contestant Sophie Ellis-Bextor as a guest live in the studio.
But Chris slipped up on air when he accidentally said two-thirds of Anastacia's full name before the official reveal.
The star told Chris: 'I'm a total '10' on the level of excitement and definitely a '10' scared! Seriously though, I can't wait to get started. Taking part in Strictly is a dream, it's such a new challenge for me I've never done anything like this before so I hope I pull it off!!!' she gushed.
'I've got a lot of training to do before I'm twinkle toes so I'm eager to get my partner and get going! I'm ready!' she added.
Hitting the floor: The US singer is the tenth celebrity contestant to be confirmed for the Saturday night hit, but admitted she's full of nerves
Chicago born Anastacia has loved music from a young age, appearing in music videos and singing backing vocals until she finally secured a record deal with her debut album Not That Kind being released in 2000.
Songs such as Sick and Tired, One Day In Your Life and Left Outside Alone helped her clock up over 30 million sales, four headline tours and an MTV Europe Music Award.
Last year, Anastacia appeared on Strictly Come Dancing's Blackpool special singing her hit single I'm Outta Love in the world famous Tower Ballroom, where she is thought to have caught the eye of the show's producers.
Headed to the dancefloor: Naga Munchetty looked in great spirits as she left the BBC Breakfast studios on Thursday morning following the Strictly announcement
Bathroom to ballroom: Daisy Lowe has celebrated her upcoming appearance on Strictly Come Dancing in the best way possible - by treating fans to a sexy selfie
The singer has been open about her battle with cancer, making the decision to have a double mastectomy after two battles with breast cancer in 2003 and then ten years later in 2013.
In her statement about Strictly, the star explained: 'After my double mastectomy, it stripped away a part of me that I feel I would like to find again.'
'This opportunity has come at a perfect time to help me use and get to know my upper body again.'
Relishing it: Actor Danny Mac (picutred alongside co-star Jorgie Porter) has been revealed as the seventh contestant
No wonder she's smiling: Louise Redknapp was the sixth celebrity contestant to be confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing
New addition: Presenter Melvin Odoom became the fourth celebrity to be announced for the forthcoming fourteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing last Friday
She joins Ed Balls, Will Young, Laura Whitmore, Ore Oduba, Melvin Odoom, Louise Redknapp, Danny Mac and Daisy Lowe who have already been announced as contestants for the new series of Strictly.
On Thursday BBC Breakfast's Naga Munchetty was confirmed, with the journalist admitting:
'I was so surprised to be asked to take part - I never thought I'd have the courage to say yes, but it would be simply silly to turn down the chance to learn to dance with a professional.'
Got moves? TV and sports presenter Ore Oduba will also be taking to to the floor
Let's dance! TV presenter Laura Whitmore is also taking part on the popular talent show
Multi talented: Alongside Laura in the confirmed line-up is Pop Idol champ Will Young, 37
Cga-cha-charming! Laura and Will join the first male politician to ever appear on Strictly - Ed Balls - who was announced last Monday
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