Strictly Come Dancing: Paralympic silver medallist Lauren Steadman is confirmed as the 14th star to join the line-up
- Lauren Steadman is confirmed as the 14th star to join the line-up
- The 25-year-old joins forces with stars including Katie Piper and Ashley Roberts
- Lauren is a double World Champion Paratriathlete and six times European Champion
- The sports star was born missing her lower right arm
Lauren Steadman will be joining the Strictly Come Dancing dance floor as she was the 14th star named for the line-up during The One Show on Monday.
The Paralympic silver medallist, 25, will join a whole galaxy of stars including Ashley Roberts, Katie Piper and Joe Sugg in the race for the glitter ball trophy.
Sports star Lauren is a double World Champion Paratriathlete and six times European Champion, who was born missing her lower right arm.
Strictly Come Dancing: Paralympic silver medallist Lauren Steadman is confirmed as the 14th star to join the line-up
The future Strictly star confessed she was more nervous about dancing than the Elite Paratriathlon Grand Final competition in weeks ahead.
Of the opportunity, she said: I still don’t think it has properly sunk in that I’m actually going to be part of this year’s Strictly!
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‘I have loved the show since I was young, and it’s a huge thing to tick off my bucket list. I’m more nervous about being on stage, performing live and in front of the judges than I am about the Elite Paratriathlon Grand Final next month!
‘But I’m up for the challenge and excited to swap my triathlon kit for dancing shoes and sequins.’
The champion has an award-winning track record after securing a silver medal during the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Lauren made her sporting career debut at the tender age of 11 when she first started out swimming, competing her first international competition at 13 in Denmark.
She went onto compete in the Beijing Paralympic Games at 14 before she swapped swimming for triathlon following the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Lauren will follow in the star-studded footsteps of fellow Paralympic sprinter Jonnie Peacock, who danced through to Blackpool with Oti Mabuse.
Celebrate: The champion has an award-winning track record after securing a silver medal during the Rio 2016 Olympics (pictured)
Astonishing: Lauren made her sporting career debut at the tender age of 11 when she first started out swimming, competing her first international competition at 13 in Denmark
Earlier, Lee Ryan was announced as the 13th contestant to be signed up to the Strictly Come Dancing line-up.
The former Blue singer, 35, was officially confirmed as a participant during Monday’s episode of ITV’s Loose Women on Monday afternoon.
Speaking to the panel after his big reveal, Ryan revealed his nerves after being approached, but that he was excited to start training.
Something new: She went onto compete in the Beijing Paralympic Games at 14 before she swapped swimming for triathlon following the London 2012 Paralympic Games
All Rise! Blue’s Lee Ryan has been confirmed as the 13th star to join the line-up of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing
The singer said he was getting tips from fellow Blue stud Simon Webb, who reached the final of the competition in 2014.
He said: ‘Just watching Simon on the show, that was really important. He didn’t go in there knowing what he was doing.’
Ahead of the announcement Kate also said: ‘I’m excited to confirm that I will be swapping the newsroom for the ballroom and joining this year’s wonderful Strictly family.
‘It’s something of a departure for a news journalist, shifting focus from the headlines to my hemlines and I suspect the only serious element of my life over the coming months will be in training hard and figuring out the foxtrot… but I am so looking forward to the fun, laughter and all the challenges ahead.’
Kate has been a fixture of BBC’s news presenting team for many years, and has also presented prime time shows Panorama, Big Cat Live, My Family at War and Propertywatch.
Thrilled: Kate Silverton and Seann Walsh became the tenth and eleventh stars to join the show, and were announced during Friday’s edition of The One Show
Seann admitted he was looking forward to taking on a new challenge, but also admitted he even surprised himself in saying yes to the show.
The stand-up comic said: ‘It’s just something that I and no one I know would expect me to do. Everyone looks like they’re having so much fun on it. It makes me laugh every time I imagine doing it.’
This comes after Pussycat Dolls star Ashley Roberts defended her signing to Strictly Come Dancing following backlash from fans over her professional dance background.
It was revealed on Friday that she will join the roster of stars preparing to hit screens later this year for the forthcoming series, yet many fans pointed out that her days in the band and judging role on Dancing on Ice gave her an unfair advantage.
Appearing on Chris Evans’ Radio 2 breakfast show hours after the signing, Ashley hit back at the criticism, saying: ‘The Latin and Ballroom world is foreign to me.’
Rock on: Pussycat Dolls star Ashley Roberts has defended her signing to Strictly Come Dancing after backlash from fans over her professional dance background
Just a day before, Stacey Dooley has been confirmed as the eighth star to join this year’s Strictly Come Dancing lineup.
A post from the series’ Twitter account confirmed the news on Thursday, with the 31-year-old TV presenter gushing that she couldn’t wait to ‘become a dancing genius.’
Stacey has been the presenter of numerous investigative documentaries for the BBC, and was awarded in MBE earlier this year for services to broadcasting.
The Strictly Come Dancing Twitter account also wrote: ‘Stacey Dooley’s next investigation: who will be her #Strictly dance partner? All we know is that @StaceyDooley’s joining our glittering 2018 line-up!’
Stacey has spent the last ten years making investigative documentaries, after she took part in a BBC Three series travelling to India to explore the fashion industry making clothes for the UK High Street.
New face: Just day before, Stacey Dooley has been confirmed as the eighth star to join this year’s Strictly Come Dancing lineup
Since then she has hosted a series of hard-hitting shows with Stacey Dooley Investigates.
This comes after This Morning’s Dr Ranj Singh was confirmed as the seventh star to join the line-up earlier in the day.
The CBeebies heartthrob, 38, was announced during the end of Thursday’s episode of the hit ITV chat show in a dramatic reveal – after giving medical advice earlier on.
After teasing viewers throughout the episode, presenters Ruth Langsford – who competed on the 2017 series, and Eamonn Holmes, finally revealed that their fellow co-star Dr Ranj would be competing in the 2018 series – as he spun around in a silver ‘glitter ball’ style chair.
Strictly star: This Morning’s Dr Ranj Singh was also confirmed as the seventh star to join the 2018 Strictly Come Dancing line-up earlier in the day
While Strictly’s official Instagram account also confirmed the news, with a picture of the TV medic alongside the caption: ‘Did someone call for a doctor? Oh wait… we did! Next to slip into some #Strictly dancing shoes is @DrRanj.’
Ranj’s secret was almost outed early by host Eamonn Holmes, however, as the TV presenter made a series of cheeky giveaways before the big reveal.
The 58-year-old Irishman first joked that the next star to be announced was ‘not a million miles away’, before describing him as a ‘silver fox’.
Joking that the mystery contestant was in fact himself, he went on to quip: ‘We’ll be making the reveal after midday – but if you can’t wait until midday then here he is!’
Dr Ranj, who presents CBeebies show Get Well Soon and Bedtime Stories, as well as being a regular on ITV’s This Morning, was rumoured for the line-up earlier this year and was reported to have been handpicked by bosses due to him being a ‘housewives’ favourite’ on daytime TV.
New face: England cricket star Graeme Swann has been confirmed as the sixth celebrity to be hitting the dance floor for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing
England cricket star Graeme Swann was the sixth star to compete on the hit BBC One show.
Speaking about taking part in the BBC show, the 39-year-old sportsman said he is looking forward to performing in front of an audience again, saying he hopes the pressure will remind him of being on the field at the height of an Ashes series.
He said: ‘It’s true – I’ve signed up for Strictly! I’m hoping to follow in the footsteps of the cricketers who’ve come before me who’ve either won the whole thing or had an absolute ball on the show.
‘Keeping it under wraps from my kids has been nearly impossible; they are huge fans of the show and I can’t wait to see their faces when I tell them. I don’t have any background in dancing but can do the floss so let’s hope this comes in useful!’
‘I spent my career enjoying the excitement of performing in front of crowds and cameras. It’s a bizarre pressure that makes you sink or swim and I’ve missed it since having to retire from cricket.’
Legendary: The 39-year-old said he is looking forward to performing in front of an audience again, hoping it will mimic the pressure of being on the cricket field
New star: Speaking about the thrilling opportunity, she said: ‘I’m so excited about being a contestant on this year’s Strictly. I’ve always been such a massive fan of the show so it’s a huge honour to be part of this series’
The Strictly star was revealed on the BBC Radio 2 drive-time show last Wednesday, after Capital DJ Vick Hope was announced earlier in the day to also be taking part in the show.
Speaking about the thrilling opportunity, she said: ‘I’m so excited about being a contestant on this year’s Strictly. I’ve always been such a massive fan of the show so it’s a huge honour to be part of this series…
The news come a day after YouTube star Joe Sugg was announced as the fourth celebrity set to join this year’s Strictly Come Dancing lineup.
The 26-year-old – who is also the brother of internet superstar Zoella – was announced as the latest star to join the BBC prime-time favourite on Tuesday’s Radio 1 breakfast show.
Announcing the news, Strictly’s Twitter account put out a post which read: ‘He’s swapping the Sugg life for the #Strictly life, and YouTube for dancing shoes… Welcome Joe Sugg to our 2018 line-up!’
New face: The news come a day after YouTube star Joe Sugg was announced as the fourth celebrity set to join this year’s Strictly Come Dancing lineup
Since setting up a Youtube channel in 2011, Joe has accumulated a fan base of more than eight million subscribers, posting videos of various challenges and pranks, as well as ‘vlogging’ his daily exploits.
Speaking about taking part in Strictly, Joe said: ‘I’m honestly so chuffed to be involved in the show this year!
‘Not going to lie, I’m very nervous about it, it’s totally out of my comfort zone and I know it will be a huge challenge but that’s what life is all about I guess.
‘Funnily enough I’m writing this statement whilst on the way to surprise my grandparents with the news. They are going to be so happy which will definitely make up for any embarrassment or cringe caused by my questionable rhythm.’
Exciting: The news was confirmed on Tuesday’s BBC Radio 1 breakfast show, with Joe saying: ‘It’s totally out of my comfort zone and I know it will be a huge challenge’
This comes after Steps’ Faye Tozer and Danny John-Jules were revealed as the second and third contestants to join the star-studded line-up on Monday’s edition of The One Show.
The pair – who have previous experience in dance – join TV personality Katie Piper, who was unveiled as the first celebrity to star in the beloved series just hours earlier.
Tragedy hitmaker Faye, 42, appeared relieved to finally lift the lid on the news as she admitted she was forced to lie to friends and family, while the Red Dwarf actor, 57, confessed he was ‘nervous’ about the upcoming stint.
Talking to presenters Matt Baker and Alex Jones, the blonde revealed: ‘I lied to so many people, it was so hard!’
When questioned on what she’s most excited about, Faye shared: ‘I’m most excited about the costume and elaborate make-up!’
She added: ‘Being on Strictly is literally a dream come true! It’s everything my nine-year old self ever wanted from showbiz and I’m going to relish every moment!’
It’s out! Tragedy hitmaker Faye, 42, appeared relieved to finally lift the lid on the news as she admitted she was forced to lie to friends and family
Faye was catapulted into the spotlight in 1997 as a member of pop sensation Steps, alongside Lee Latchford-Evans, Claire Richards, Lisa Scott-Lee and Ian Watkins.
The group – who split in 2001, reunited in 2011, before taking a five-year hiatus the following year.
Steps delivered a chart-topping comeback album in 2017 as Tears on the Dancefloor charted at number 2 in the UK.
Proving that there is no rest for the wicked, the band kicked off their Summer tour in May this year, before wrapping up their performances two months later.
Meanwhile, Danny appeared on the small screen for his role as Cat on sci-fi comedy series Red Dwarf, which first went on air in 1988.
The multi-talented star went on to appear in crime series Death in Paradise, and CBBC’s M.I. High.
This comes after reality star Katie, 34, was confirmed as the first celebrity to joinis year’s competition series.
Feeling the fear: Red Dwarf actor, 57, confessed he was ‘nervous’ about the upcoming stint
The TV personality made the announcement during last Monday’s BBC Breakfast and even revealed hopes of taking to the dance floor with Giovanni Pernice.
Katie admitted she was overjoyed to have been given the opportunity to participate in something ‘more light-hearted’, having fronted a number of hard-hitting documentaries over the years.
While some celebrities remain coy about the professional they’re hoping to partner up with, without hesitation, Katie confessed: ‘I would like to be partnered with Giovanni. Giovanni, if you’re watching, I’m coming for you!’
Katie, who was the victim of a cruel acid attack in 2008, rose to prominence when she wavered her anonymity to increase awareness about burn victims.
‘I can’t wait!’: The 34-year-old star admitted she was overjoyed to have been given the opportunity to participate in something ‘more light-hearted’
She fronted the Channel 4 documentary Katie: My Beautiful Face as part of the Cutting Edge series, which lead to a follow-up series and a best-selling autobiography.
But Katie admitted she was elated to take part in a show where her past and appearance were ‘irrelevant’.
‘I feel so privileged and excited to be part of my favourite show on TV. I already know how much of an amazing experience it will be for me and I can’t wait to show my girls some of my new dance moves,’ the mother-of-two gushed.
‘I’m nervous to put on my dancing shoes but can’t wait to learn a new skill and have the Strictly tan and makeover.’
Katie’s appearance on BBC Breakfast also saw her admit that all of this year’s stars have been using cheese code names to conceal their identities, laughing: ‘I was brie!’
WHO IS SHE? Katie rose to prominence after she was the victim of a horrific acid attack in 2008. She went onto front the documentary Katie: My Beautiful Face as well as several other series.
SHE SAYS: ‘For me it’s really out of my comfort zone and it’s not something I’ve ever done before. I would like to be partnered with Giovanni. Giovanni, if you’re watching, I’m coming for you!’
WHO IS SHE? Faye was one of the stars of legendary 90s band Steps from 1997 to 2001. The group reunited in 2017 for an anniversary tour, with their comeback album Tears on the Dancefloor charting at Number 2.
SHE SAYS: ‘I’m most excited about the costume and elaborate make-up! I would like to say I’m pretty good, I think you’ll find a few of us, it’s what makes the show interesting!’
WHO IS HE? Danny has played Cat in the sci-fi cult series Red Dwarf since 1988. He also played hero Lenny Bicknall in the CBBC spy series M.I. High.
HE SAYS: ‘Having spent the last few months on two wheels motorcycling around South America in pink leathers, I’m absolutely delighted to be getting back on two feet and into something more comfortable like glittery spandex.’
WHO IS HE? Joe is one of Britain’s most popular YouTube stars, with over eight million subscribers to his channel and 5.5 million Twitter followers. He is also the brother of web beauty guru Zoella.
HE SAYS: ‘I’m honestly so chuffed to be involved in the show this year! Not going to lie, I’m very nervous about it, it’s totally out of my comfort zone and I know it will be a huge challenge but that’s what life is all about I guess.
WHO IS SHE? Vick has garnered fame in her turn as a DJ on Capital FM opposite Roman Kemp on the weekday breakfast show from 6AM
SHE SAYS: ‘I’m so excited about being a contestant on this year’s Strictly. I’ve always been such a massive fan of the show so it’s a huge honour to be part of this series… Dances like Ballroom and Latin are totally outside my comfort zone but I love dancing, it makes people happy – myself included’
Dr Ranj Singh
WHO IS HE? Dr Ranj has garnered fame from his presenting on CBeebies’ shows Get Well Soon and Bedtime Stories, as well as being a regular on ITV’s This Morning
HE SAYS: ‘I’m so overwhelmed and excited to be part of this wonderful show. It’s an absolute dream come true for me! I’ve been a massive fan for so long, and I can’t quite believe this is happening, but I’m going to give it my best shot.’
WHO IS SHE? Stacey has presented numerous investigative documentaries for the BBC, including the award-winning Stacey Dooley on The Frontline: Gun Girls and ISIS in 2016.
SHE SAYS: ‘It’s happening! I’m taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this year and my mother is going to explode. Typically, work for me is very serious and can be quite hard core so I’m going to soak up the escapism and bathe in the sequins.’
WHO IS SHE? Ashley soared to fame in the modern Burlesque group and dance troupe Pussycat Dolls. She left the group in 2010. She scooped a role as a judge on Dancing On Ice in 2013
SHE SAYS: ‘I am beyond excited and grateful to be part of the Strictly family! I’m going to put my heart and soul into this new adventure and can’t wait to have fun with the team! Bring on the sequins, glitz and glamour!’
WHO IS SHE? Kate has been a fixture of BBC’s news presenting team for many years. She has also hosted programmes Panorama, Big Cat Live, My Family at War and Propertywatch.
SHE SAYS: ‘It’s something of a departure for a news journalist, shifting focus from the headlines to my hemlines and I suspect the only serious element of my life over the coming months will be in training hard and figuring out the foxtrot…’
WHO IS HE? Graeme is considered one of England’s greatest ever cricket stars, playing for the national team from 2008 to 2013. He was also part of the historic winning 2009 Ashes team.
HE SAYS: ‘Keeping it under wraps from my kids has been nearly impossible; they are huge fans of the show and I can’t wait to see their faces when I tell them! I don’t have any background in dancing but can do the floss so let’s hope this comes in useful!’
WHO IS HE? Seann is one of the UK’s most beloved comedians, and along with touring the country is a regular on shows Virtually Famous and Play To The Whistle.
HE SAYS: ‘Having seen videos of me dancing on friends’ phones from the night before, it’s safe to say I’m petrified but also so excited. I’m really looking forward to the lifts, the Lycra and the laughs.’
WHO IS HE? Lee rose to fame in the early noughties boy band Blue before embarking on a solo career, and has more recently starred in EastEnders and Celebrity Big Brother.
HE SAYS: ‘I was nervous, even to say yes. I used to run out of my dance lessons, I used to hide in the singing lessons. That’s why I can sing and not dance.’
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