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Strictly Come Dancing 2017: Susan Calman joins line-up

Susan Calman

Susan Calman is the latest contestant announced for this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

The Scottish comic told the Jeremy Vine show: "I am the last person on the dancefloor!"

"I haven't worn heels or a dress since the 1970s... my mother will die happy to see me in a dress and glitter."

So far, one celebrity has been revealed per day for the new series of Strictly, which begins on BBC One sometime in September.

Tess and Claudia will return to host, but it will be the first series without Len Goodman on the judging panel.

Image caption Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly will be returning to present this year's series

Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood will instead be joined by international ballroom champion Shirley Ballas.

Here's a rundown of the contestants who have been confirmed so far for the 15th series:


Strictly: Class of 2017

Susan Calman's TV credits include BBC One daytime quiz The Boss and kids' quiz Top Class.

She's also made an appearance on numerous TV panel shows and starred in Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh's BBC Three sitcom Dead Boss.


Aston Merrygold was a member of boyband JLS, who came second in the 2008 series of X Factor.

The band went on to huge chart success but split up in 2013, after which Aston went on to become a judge on Sky 1's Got to Dance. Earlier this year, he released his first EP as a solo artist.

"I'm both nervous and excited to learn from the professionals about a whole new way of dancing!" he said as he was revealed as the latest contestant during the Scott Mills show - he's the 200th participant in Strictly's history.


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Image caption Simon is the seventh celebrity to be announced in the Strictly line-up

Chef Simon Rimmer revealed he will be a Strictly contestant during his Sunday morning Channel 4 show, Sunday Brunch, which he co-hosts with Tim Lovejoy.

He said he had "never danced in my life", and joked that he had lost all co-ordination between the top half and bottom half of his body since becoming a father.

Rimmer said: "I am so excited, terrified and proud to be invited... Nobody will try harder, have more fun or get more out of it than me. I can't wait."

The 54-year-old has also appeared on the BBC's Great British Menu. The food writer also owns nine restaurants.


Scottish actor Joe McFadden is probably best known for playing the role of Raf di Lucca in Holby City.

His first TV role was in the STV soap Take The High Road before starring in The Crow Road, based on the book by Iain Banks.

He major breakthrough came when he played PC Joe Mason in Heartbeat for two series.

He has also taken on theatre work in stage productions as diverse as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Rent and Rainbow Kiss.


Writer and broadcaster The Reverend Richard Coles is the only UK vicar to have had a chart-topping single - and now he's the first one to star on Strictly.

He told BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans Breakfast Show: "A major dance talent was waiting to be discovered. I just wonder what took them so long. I'm in it to wing it, as they say."

Coles, who had hits with Jimmy Somerville in The Communards including Don't Leave Me This Way, said he had a "comprehensive briefing" from former Strictly star Ed Balls as part of his preparations for the show - and has also "cut down on pork pies".

But he said he might not be able to take part in the Strictly live tour, as it clashes with Epiphany.

He hosts BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live and is a contributor to Pause for Thought on Chris Evans' show - as well as being vicar of St Mary's Church in Finedon, Northamptonshire.


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Actress and former glamour model Gemma Atkinson currently co-hosts Manchester radio station Key 103's breakfast show - which she will continue to present during Strictly training.

Her TV credits include roles in Casualty, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks.

"I'm beyond excited and incredibly nervous, but looking forward to learning a new skill," she said of joining this year's Strictly.


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TV presenter Ruth Langsford is often seen hosting This Morning (when Phil and Holly are away) alongside her husband Eamonn Holmes.

Ruth said: "The sum of my dance experience is throwing a few shapes at a party, I've never had a dance lesson in my life."

"Without doubt, [Strictly] will be the scariest yet most exciting thing I've ever done."


EastEnders actor Davood Ghadami, who has played Kush Kazemi in the soap since 2014, said it was "such an honour" to be joining the dancing show.

"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," he added.


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Media captionMollie King is the first contestant to be announced for 2017's Strictly Come Dancing.

Mollie King was the first contestant to be unveiled for this year's series.

The Saturdays singer told Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw (above) she was "so excited" and always watched the show with her family, adding that she "can't wait to get into the sequins".


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