Strictly Come Dancing 2017: Reverend Richard Coles fifth star CONFIRMED for line-up

Gemma Atkinson confirmed as fourth Strictly Come Dancing 2017 contestant

Speaking live on the show, Rev Coles admitted: "I haven't really had a Strictly journey yet". He is a regular contributor to Pause for Thought on Radio 2, BBC One's Have I Got News For You and QI, and serves as Vicar of St Mary's Church in Finedon, Northamptonshire and Chancellor of the University of Northampton.

"I want to challenge myself and do something I've never done before". She said: 'When I woke up it was all over my bed!'

Gemma's signing comes just a day after This Morning's Ruth Langsford revealed that she had been approached to take part in the show and is looking forward to slipping on her dancing shoes as she's been wanting to do the programme for years now.

He's best known for playing market trader Kush Kazemi and Strictly bosses have already earmarked him as this year's dance floor "hunk".

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He will be joining the show in the autumn, alongside previously announced soap stars Gemma Atkinson and Davood Ghadami, TV host Ruth Langsford and singer Mollie King. In other reality TV news, he finished fifth on Celebrity MasterChef past year.

"It's going to be exciting, challenging and terrifying all at once and I am so looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone and learning to dance".

And Gemma and Davood will be swapping scripts for dance lessons in no time. "They said, "Do you fancy it?' I said 'Not half". Earlier this year she left Emmerdale and joined the Key 103 breakfast team in Manchester.

She confessed that she would love to make it to the Strictly final, adding: "My aim it's just to not go out first, I would love to go to the final, absolutely".

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