Strictly Come Dancing line up confirmed

Dance up a storm: Some of the celebrities tipped to join this year include Nicky Byrne, Dannii Minogue and Fern Britton
Strictly line up is confirmed.©BBC

The line up of contestants for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing has been confirmed by the BBC and includes TV presenters, singers and Olympic athletes.

Cycling Gold medallist Victoria Pendleton and gymnast Louis Smith will be among the 14 celebrities competing for the trophy.

The line up, many details of which had already leaked to the media, was confirmed by the BBC on Monday night.

Also in the list are Daybreak's Richard Arnold, Fern Britton and the 72-year-old father of radio DJ Zoe Ball, presenter Johnny Ball.

Former Westlife singer Nicky Byrne and Kimberley Walsh of Girls Aloud make up the pop contingent, while actors on the show include EastEnders' Sid Owen, former Emmerdale actress Lisa Riley, Tracey Beaker star Dani Harmer and Colin Salmon.

Denise Van Outen, Jerry Hall and ex-England cricket captain Michael Vaughan complete the line up.

Judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and Craig Revel Horwood have been joined by the ballet star Darcey Bussell.

The BBC have confirmed that the show will air early on Saturday evening to avoid a clash with The X Factor on STV.

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