'I will try my hardest to be the best dancer possible': Will Young is confirmed as the next Strictly Come Dancing contestant
He showcased his singing talents on Pop Idol.
And Will Young, 37, is now set to show the nation his best dance moves as he's become the second contestant to be confirmed for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.
The announcement was made on Tuesday afternoon via the official Strictly Come Dancing Twitter and Facebook accounts.
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Multi-talented: After winning Pop Idol, Will Young, 37, will be hoping to lift up the glitterball trophy as he's been announced as the second contestant on Strictly Come Dancing
In a statement, Will gushed: 'As a fan of Strictly for years, I have always imagined myself on the show, but the timing has not been right... until now!'
He continued: 'Music is my passion and the dancing I have done has always been with a microphone in hand. Now there will be no microphone or band, just me, my partner and the dance floor.
'Strictly is a show with fantastic live music and has an ethos of positivity and growth. I practice these two things every day, and I will try my hardest to be the best dancer possible.'
Warm returns: The star is no stranger to the Strictly ballroom and performed on the show in 2015, showing off not only his vocals but some fancy footwork too
His announcement may not have come as a surprise to Strictly fans as he was dropping hints throughout the day on Twitter.
'Today is going to be exciting...' he posted in the morning, followed by 'Big news coming at 3pm - Can you guess?!'
Once the news had been announced, he retweeted the post and added: 'So excited!'
Victorious: Talented: Will shot to fame after beating Gareth Gates to win Pop Idol in 2002 and since then has gone on to have not only a music career but has appear on the stage and screen
Will was rumoured to be joining the line-up last month when a source told The Sun: 'Will is a brilliant signing for us. He is extremely popular, he is a true professional, he can be quite competitive and he is no shrinking violet.'
He held his ground against TV's Mr Nasty - Simon Cowell - during his time on Pop Idol in 2001-2, with the insider claiming that Strictly producers are hoping for the same fireworks if he competes on the dancefloor.
The source explained: 'Viewers loved the fact he stood up to Simon. So we cannot imagine he will hold his tongue when facing the wrath of judge Craig Revel Horwood.'
The timing is right: Will explained that he has always wanted to appear on Strictly but couldn't commit to the hectic schedule until now
Will shot to fame after beating Gareth Gates to win Pop Idol in 2002 and since then has gone on to have not only a successful music career but has appear in a number of film, stage and television productions.
He also impressed Strictly viewers when he performed on the show last year, showing off some fancy footwork to accompany his stellar vocals.
Will joins the first male politician to ever appear on Strictly - Ed Balls - who was announced yesterday.
Can't hold it in: His announcement may not have come as a surprise to Strictly fans as he was dropping hints throughout the day on Twitter
Ed said his wife, the Labour MP Yvette Cooper, was a better dancer than him but had insisted: 'You've got to do it'.
The former MP told the BBC: 'My only hope is that it stays a dream and doesn't become a nightmare.
'I've taken the view, if you're going to have a midlife crisis you should make sure you plan it well and enjoy it.'
His announcement came as a shock, as when he was first linked to the BBC show last year, Edplayed down the prospect saying he was not 'quite equipped for Strictly'.
The third confirmed contestant for Strictly Come Dancing 2016 will be revealed live on The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw on Wednesday.
Cha-cha-charming! Will joins the first male politician to ever appear on Strictly - Ed Balls - who was announced on Monday. He joked he was having a 'mid-life crisis' by agreeing to it
Meanwhile, head judge Len Goodman has announced the next series will be his last.
The 72-year-old star said it was an 'honour' to have been part of the Strictly line up for the last 12 years, but he is now looking forward to the next chapter in his life.
In another major shake-up for the show, three new dancers will be joining the professional line-up.
Heartthrob Gleb Savchenko announced last month he would be quitting to spend more time with his family, following in the footsteps of Aliona Vilani, Kristina Rihanoff, Ola Jordan and Tristan MacManus who have also left the series.
Dancing his way out: Head judge Len Goodman announced the next series will be his last
Fans will still see some familiar faces, however, as World Champion Katya Jones, Ukrainian Champion Oksana Platero and top Spanish dance professional Gorka Marquez will be on hand to help to guide the celebrity contestants.
Pasha Kovalevsky, Aljaz Skorjanec, Giovanni Pernice, Natalie Lowe, Joanne Clifton, Janette Manrara and Oti Mabuse will also return to the programme as professionals.
Favourites Anton du Beke, Brendan Cole and Kevin and Karen Clifton are also back.
Fantastic four: Len, Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli will judge this year's host of celebrity contestants as they take to the famous dancefloor
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