STRICTLY COME DANCING fever is well and truly upon us, following the announcement of the 15th and final celebrity taking part.
Here are the stars who’ll be waltzing and jiving in Strictly season 20.
Who is in the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 cast?
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.”
But 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.”
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.
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!”
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.
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.
Strictly Come Dancing 2022 cast
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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!”
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!”
When is Strictly 2022 on TV?
The Sun revealed how the pre-recorded launch show will be filmed on September 7, 2022.
And fans can apply for tickets to watch the show.
The live shows are then likely to kick off either late September or early October – but this hasn’t been confirmed.