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Singer Anastacia is the latest celebrity to join new series of Strictly Come Dancing

Published 19/08/2016 | 15:07

Anastacia will appear on Strictly Come Dancing
Anastacia will appear on Strictly Come Dancing

Pop singer Anastacia has been named as the latest celebrity to join the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

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Radio DJ Chris Evans accidentally revealed that the 47-year-old American singer-songwriter will join the series on today's BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show.

Evans began to say the Left Outside Alone singer's name earlier than planned in the programme, before interrupting himself to hide the slip-up – but the cat was already out of the bag.

The singer was one of the best-selling female pop artists of the early Noughties, and has sold more than 30 million records worldwide.

She will be joined on the BBC One programme by former shadow chancellor Ed Balls, Pop Idol winner Will Young and Irish TV presenter Laura Whitmore. BBC newsreader Naga Munchetty, Hollyoaks star Danny Mac and singer Louise Redknapp have been also announced as contestants for the new series of the ballroom dancing competition.

In her appearance on Radio 2 this morning, Anastacia spoke about her battle with several serious illnesses. "I've had my slew of health issues," she told Evans.  "Since I was really young I've had Crohn's disease... and then in about 2003 I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time... and then I was diagnosed with a heart condition.

"I'm ticking them off!" she joked. When Evans asked why she had chosen to appear on Strictly Come Dancing, she said, "I think that I did it because I wanted to challenge myself on something that had nothing to do with a hospital.

"I've been asked before, but not been able to go," she continued. Anastacia made a guest appearance as a singer on Strictly in 2015.  "I was a little bit starstruck," she said. "They didn't realise that I was a fan of the show! They asked me if I would do it, and I said, 'Well, you could have me on, but I'd stink!'"

"I was game, and they were willing to fly me over and plop me down for a while," said the singer, who has recently completed a major European tour, which finished in Italy earlier this month.

"What have you done in preparation?" asked Evans. "Absolutely nothing!" she replied. "I'm really good at sidestepping to my own music, but [not at] anything else."

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One in September

Telegraph.co.uk

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