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Jay McGuiness, former singer with The Wanted, joins Strictly Come Dancing crew

Published 24/08/2015 | 16:33

Former boyband singer Jay McGuiness is the latest celebrity contestant revealed to be taking part in this year's Strictly Come Dancing (BBC/PA)
Former boyband singer Jay McGuiness is the latest celebrity contestant revealed to be taking part in this year's Strictly Come Dancing (BBC/PA)
Jay McGuiness is joining the Strictly Come Dancing crew

Former boyband singer Jay McGuiness is the 10th celebrity to waltz on to Strictly Come Dancing.

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The 25-year-old, who was part of The Wanted before the group announced their hiatus in January 2014, revealed his news as he appeared live on air with Matt Edmondson on BBC Radio 1.

He said: "My family are such huge Strictly fans. I know I've made them very happy by taking part - I can't wait to get started!

"I love to dance but this is going to be so different from anything I have done before, I'm up for it!"

The Newark-born musician will battle Jeremy Vine, Ainsley Harriott, Kellie Bright, Georgia May Foote, Katie Derham, Carol Kirkwood, Peter Andre, Daniel O'Donnell and Anthony Ogogo for the Strictly crown.

McGuiness, whose hits with The Wanted included All Time Low, Glad You Came and Walks Like Rihanna, follows in the footsteps of McFly's Harry Judd and Blue's Simon Webbe - who took part in previous series of the BBC One show.

Bookmakers have offered odds of 10/1 of McGuiness winning the competition, with Peter Andre the 4/1 favourite and ex-Coronation Street actress Georgia May Foote at 6/1.

"The Wanted were never known for their intricate dance routines and as a result, Jay is a 10/1 shot giving him the same chance of winning as Ainsley and Anthony Ogogo," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

The 13th series of Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One in September.

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