A rake of new 'Strictly Come Dancing' contestants have been announced

Emma Thynn

Emma Thynn"It's so so exciting it's such an institution

But she's going to have to get used to being the subject of scrutiny herself: she's just been announced as a contestant on the 2019 season of Strictly Come Dancing, the British equivalent of Dancing with the Stars that airs on the BBC.And she might be one to place your bets on, if you're into a bit of transatlantic entertainment gambling. It's unbelievable, I'm so excited.' adding 'I honestly wasn't allowed to tell anyone, I told my husband and asked him to please keep it a secret and that was it.

Will said: "I'm so proud to be on the show, it's my family's favourite show. I can't wait" (petitioning for her to get some incredible costumes - as we already know from her Instagram that she rocks a ballgown like no other).

I am beyond thrilled to be asked to be on Strictly, the only person potentially more thrilled is my mother.

Viscountess Emma Weymouth said "I absolutely love watching Strictly every weekend and I can't believe that I'm getting the chance to be on this series".

The announcement was revealed on ITV chat show Lorraine today, which saw Christine Lampard taking the reins for regular presenter Lorraine Kelly while she's on holiday.

"I'm a woman who is 50 years old [and] representing women of a certain age, [so it's great]", the new contestant went on. People say: "'Well, they're old, they can't do it any more.' Well actually, yes we can". I told my family and sons last night, it's the most wonderful news'. "I've been [in a relationship for] 22 years [to the] love of my life".

Speaking about the show's lifts, Michelle joked: "By the way, you've got to have some guns to lift all of this, trust me". I want to inspire people with a disability - that would mean a lot to me.

Bayley, one of the stars of London 2012 and Rio 2016 games, has suffered from arthrogryposis since birth, a rare condition which affects all four of his limbs. Things may not work like they did when I was 20, but 50 also means fabulous. "I want to prove to people I can do this", he said.

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