The full line-up for this year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ has been confirmed, with four celebrity names being announced this week to complete the list of 15 competitors, including former Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford.
The other names to be revealed on Monday (August 22nd) included former ‘Birds of a Feather’ actress Lesley Joseph, ex-‘EastEnders’ star Tameka Empson and ITV’s Judge Robert Rinder.
29 year old Rutherford, who recently took bronze in the long jump at the Rio Olympics less than a week ago having won gold in London four years ago, will be keeping himself busy in the coming months by trying to impress the judges with the salsa, rhumba and foxtrot.
Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford completes the 'Strictly Come Dancing' line-up
“I love being challenged and taking to the ‘Strictly’ ballroom is like nothing I have ever done before doing this is definitely a long jump from my day job for sure!” he said in reaction, after all four names were revealed on BBC's 'The One Show'.
Lesley Joseph, at the age of 70, said that she was “scared and excited and apprehensive and thrilled” at being able to have a go at the Saturday night BBC favourite, while Empson said it was “a dream” and that she’d “been waiting for years to take part in ‘Strictly’”.
The celeb line-up is therefore complete, ahead of the launch show on September 3rd and the training period leading up to the first episode proper on September 23rd.
Former Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls was the first name to be confirmed for this year’s 14th series, with singers Anastacia, Will Young and Louise Redknapp, presenters Laura Whitmore and Ore Oduba, actor Danny Mac, newsreader Naga Munchetty, model Daisy Lowe, DJ Melvin Odoom and gymnast Claudia Fragapane being added over the last fortnight.