Strictly Come Dancing: Who is in the 2019 line-up?

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Hosts Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly are clearly excited. Are you?

Former Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley is the latest celebrity to be announced for Strictly Come Dancing.

She is the fifth star to be confirmed to be heading for the dancefloor for this year’s show.

There is the usual mix of actors, comics, sportspeople and – as is fast becoming a new tradition – YouTubers.

The new series of Strictly will kick-off with a launch show on BBC One in September.

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Tyldesley, 35 (pictured above), played Rovers Return barmaid Eva Price on the ITV Soap from 2011-2018 and told This Morning she was “so excited” and equally “terrified” because she “literally can’t dance”.

She said: “I love to dance on a night out if I’ve had a couple of drinks and me and Alfie (her son) silly dance in the kitchen but that’s it, I’m terrified.”

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Teenage social media star Saffron Barker – whose book Saffron Barker Vs Real Life topped the Sunday Times bestseller list – said she was “very grateful for the opportunity”, after being announced as the fourth contestant hours earlier.

Speaking to former Pussycat Doll and 2018 finalist Ashley Roberts on Heart Radio, Barker said: “I’m actually most excited to find out my partner, although I know I’ve still got to wait another month to find out.”

She added that she was inspired by the success of another of last year’s finalists, fellow YouTuber Joe Sugg. “I’m excited to follow in his footsteps,” she declared. “He did absolutely amazing… I’ve got a lot to live up to.”

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EastEnders actress Emma Barton, who plays Honey Mitchell, was one of the first names to be announced in a reveal on The One Show featuring last year’s winner Stacey Dooley.

Barton said she was a big fan of Strictly and was therefore “over the moon” to be asked to appear in series 17.

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Former England goalkeeper David James said he was persuaded to compete by ex-contestant and former swimmer Mark Foster, who had an “amazing experience” on the dancefloor.

James, 49, who was the oldest player at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, said he was “really excited” to be chosen and had “some big shoes to fill” following previous appearances by sports stars.

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Comedian Chris Ramsey, who starred as Jack Pearson in the BBC Two sitcom Hebburn, said he was “really buzzing” but noted that while he is hungry for success, he has never been a natural shoe shuffler.

“You will not find me on the dancefloor at parties,” said the 32-year-old. “You will find me at the buffet table… All night.

“At my wedding, I danced with my wife; that one song took about six months’ practice, and I definitely stood on her feet a couple of times.”

This year’s series will see the return of judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli, but Dame Darcey Bussell will be replaced by Motsi Mabuse – sister of Strictly professional Oti.

Latin dancer Nancy Xu will replace the outgoing Pasha Kovalev as a professional dancer. Xu, a dancer on the West End show Burn The Floor, has been a finalist on the series So You Think You Can Dance? in China.

More celebrity dancers will be revealed over the coming weeks.

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