Strictly Come Dancing: Katie Piper Announced As First Contestant

 Strictly Come Dancing: Katie Piper Announced As First Contestant

The first contestant to be announced for this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing is Katie Piper.

The television presenter appeared on BBC Breakfast, where it was confirmed she would be taking part in the show.

The 34-year old former model claimed she lacked “natural rhythm” and said it was “a bit daunting” to be taking part in the programme.

She also admitted that when she told her husband about it, “he just thought I was joking”.

Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly will return to hosting duties, with Shirley Ballas heading up the panel of judges.

Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood complete the line-up of experts.

On Sunday, Tess and Claudia revealed each of this year’s contestants had been given names of a type of cheese as a codename – to protect their identities in the run-up to the show.

In a video posted to Strictly’s official Twitter account, the presenters went through a number of different cheeses, giving clues to the celebrities’ identities.

Tolani Giwa

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