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THE glitz and the glamour is well and truly back as Strictly Come Dancing has returned for season 20.
Here are the stars who’ll be hoping to waltz and jive their way to the Glitterball trophy.
Who is in the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 cast?
Helen Skelton hds been in Strictly bosses sights ever since she impressed on the 2012 festive specialCredit: Shutterstock
The Sun revealed in August that the star would be appearing on the show hoping to “bounce back” from her shock marriage break up.
She said after the news was confirmed on Claudia‘s BBC Radio 2 show on August 13, 2022: “I’m really excited to get stuck into a fun adventure.
“My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started.”
Helen Skelton will be dancing with professional dancer Gorka Marquez.
EastEnders star James Bye is taking part in StrictlyCredit: PA
But he has swapped Walford for the dancefloor, to take on Strictly.
Talking of the reaction of his wife Victoria, James added the decision for him to star had been a “team effort.”
James Bye will be dancing with professional dancer Amy Dowden.
Aside from EastEnders, he is known for his work in movies.
His film credits include Cemetery Junction in 2010, The Great Train Robbery in 2013, and The Hooligan Factory in 2014.
Hamza Yassin is a Strictly 2022 starCredit: PA
He moved to Scotland from Sudan when he was young, before studying zoology at Bangor University.
DJ David Farrell announced the news Hamza would be on Strictly on BBC Radio Scotland’s The Afternoon Show.
Hamza said: “I’m sure all of the contestants for Strictly this year got a phone call saying that they are going to be on Strictly, whereas for me, I’m the odd one out.
“I got a satellite text message notification from my agent saying in capital letters ‘you are on Strictly woop, woop!’
“For me I was over the moon. I could only celebrate by myself because I couldn’t tell anybody. So it was me and the wildlife just raving it up really!”
Hamza Yassin will be dancing with professional dancer Jowita Przystał.
Fleur East is taking part in Strictly for season 20Credit: BBC
Singer and radio star Fleur East is taking part in Strictly.
Speaking on Pop Hits radio, Fleur said: “You’ll see me in the ballroom on Strictly Come Dancing!”
She appeared on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here in 2018, and now presents the breakfast show on Hits Radio with James Barr.
Fleur East will be dancing with professional dancer Vito Coppola.
Footy hero Tony Adams is taking on the Strictly challengeCredit: PA
Football legend Tony Adams is swapping the pitch for the dancefloor.
Speaking to the BBC, Tony said: “To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of the sequins and the call of the salsa has me swapping my battered old football boots for a set of Strictly soft shoes.
“Am absolutely thrilled to be giving it my all on this year’s 20th anniversary of Strictly Come Dancing.
“I can’t wait to meet my partner – god help her – and start the dancing.”
Tony spent his entire footballing career – 19 years- playing for Arsenal, as well as for England.
Tony Adams will be dancing with professional dancer Katya Jones.
Strictly Come Dancing 2022 cast
Molly Rainford will be trying her luck on StrictlyCredit: BBC
CBBC star Molly Rainford is putting dancing shoes on to take part in Strictly 2022.
The 21-year-old first found fame aged 11 when she became the youngest ever finalist of Britain’s Got Talent.
“I’ve watched it for years and can’t wait to meet the pros and the others taking part! I can’t wait to learn the moves and get dancing!”
Molly Rainford will be dancing with professional dancer Carlos Gu.
Comedian Ellie Taylor is taking to the dancefloor for Strictly 2022Credit: PA
Ellie is best known for her appearances on axed comedy series The Mash Report and 8 Out Of 10 Cats and hit show Ted Lasso.
She plays Flo “Sassy” Collins – Rebecca’s best friend and Ted’s on/off love interest.
Asked how she reacted to being asked, she revealed: “It was an immediate yes.
“I have wanted to do it for ever and more importantly my mum loves it.”
Ellie Taylor will be dancing with professional dancer Johannes Radebe.
Matt Goss is taking to the dancefloor for StrictlyCredit: PA
Fans of 80s boyband Bros were thrilled when it was announced Matt Goss would be taking part in Strictly.
Matt, who has been living in America for 25 years while headlining his Las Vegas show, told This Morning: “I’ve been almost reclusive, I come and work and then go back to America. I thought, it’s time for me to come home and get out of my own way in a way.
“And do something completely out of my comfort zone. I’m quite shy off stage so I’ll have to face all those demons and learn.”
Matt continued, explaining how he needs to learn how to dance: “Somebody’s going to have to teach me, I have to learn.
“When I do my songs I move obviously but you don’t really know what you’re doing. To be judged on this show is actually exciting to me. I’ve got butterflies for the first time in three decades.”
Matt Goss will be dancing with professional dancer Nadiya Bychkova.
DJ Tyler West joins line upCredit: PA
Tyler West is best known for hosting weekday afternoons on KISS FM – a role in which he was nominated for a prestigious ARIA for Best New Presenter in 2020.
In 2021, he launched his first BBC Three series, co-hosting Flat out Fabulous as well as becoming the host of The MTV Movie Show.
“It’s going to be one crazy incredible journey which will no doubt be SO far outside my comfort zone.”
He continued: “It’s a show that means so much to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously shake a leg on that shiny dance floor… with a side of sequins.”
Tyler West will be dancing with professional dancer Dianne Buswell.
Paralympic swimming gold medallist Ellie Simmonds is taking part in StrictlyCredit: PA
She was just 13 when she won gold medals in Beijing in 2008 and became the youngest ever recipient of an MBE a year later.
She went on to win nine titles and 15 more medals before retiring after the 2020 Tokyo games.
Ellie was awarded an OBE in 2013 and fronted the BBC documentary Ellie Simmonds: A World Without Dwarfism?
Disabled celebs have appeared on the show before, but Ellie will be the first star with dwarfism.
Ellie said: “I’ve been watching Strictly from as far back as I can remember; it’s a traditional lead up to Christmas with my family and it’s a genuine privilege to be part of it.”
Ellie Simmonds will be dancing with professional dancer Nikita Kuzmin.
Jayde Adams has singed up for StrcitlyCredit: PA
She is the winner of the 2014 Funny Women award and 2016 nominee for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.
The star said she was thrilled to be picked for a spot on the popular BBC One show and is buzzing to get her dancing shoes on.
She said: “I cannot tell you how much this means to me, I’ve watched this show since 2004, there was a brief hiatus in 2011 when I moved to London and was gigging every Saturday and couldn’t watch the show.
“But I love the show and I’m just thrilled to get in there and whoever they give me, I don’t mind.
“If I get kicked out in that first week, I will know that I got on Strictly and for me that’s enough.”
Jayde Adams will be dancing with professional dancer Karen Hauer.
Kaye Adams has joined the Strictly line upCredit: PA
Kaye said she signed up for the dance competition as she wants the last year of her 50s to be “memorable”.
She also confessed that she is “absolutely terrified” and admitted she “can’t dance at all”.
However, Kaye said she wants to embrace the opportunity, adding: “I can’t make much (more) of a fool of myself any more than I am.”
Aside from Loose Women, Adams also hosts a morning show on BBC Radio Scotland.
She was previously a panellist on Channel 5’s morning show The Wright Stuff.
Kaye Adams will be dancing with professional dancer Kai Widdrington.
Presenter Richie Anderson is taking part in StrictlyCredit: BBC
He is a former Sunday League footballer who played for Coombs Wood F.C.
He was also part of BBC1’s presenting team for coverage of the Platinum Jubilee’s Party at the Palace.
On August 5, 2022, it was announced that Richie would be taking part in Strictly 2022.
Speaking to the BBC he said: “I don’t know anything at the moment, but I can confirm that I will be doing the all male partnership, which is just so amazing.”
Richie Anderson will be dancing with professional dancer Giovanni Pernice.
Kym Marsh is swapping acting for dancing by taking part in StrictlyCredit: PA
The actress – who shot to fame in noughties pop band Hear’Say – is excited to throw herself into learning the different styles of dance.
“I’m so delighted that this year they have!”
Kym added: “I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m going to go from watching at home in my pyjamas to actually dancing in front of the judges in a glittery dress, it’s unreal!”
Kym Marsh will be dancing with professional dancer Graziano Di Prima.
Will Mellor was the first star to be revealedCredit: PA
Actor Will Mellor was the first Strictly Come Dancing star to be revealed.
“Not going to lie, 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.
“This is also my mum’s favourite show and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing this is for her as well. Bring it on!”
Will Mellor will be dancing with professional dancer Nancy Xu.
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When is Strictly 2022 on TV?
Strictly Come Dancing is back – and so are the flamboyant costumes, dazzling dance routines and occasional dance disasters.
The show launched on September 18, 2022.
The second live programme will air on Saturday, October 1 on BBC One at 6.30 pm.
It will run until 8.45 pm ahead of the game show Blankety Blank.
The Results show will then air on Sunday, October 2 – where the lowest scoring couples will face the dance-off in hopes of saving their spot.
It will be broadcast from 7.15 pm, running until 8 pm.
Viewers will also be able to catch up on episodes on BBC iPlayer once they have been broadcast.