Sunday 11 December 2016

Presenter Anita Rani joins Strictly Come Dancing line-up

Published 24/08/2015 | 20:04

Anita Rani has presented shows for various broadcasters including BBC, Sky, Channel 4 and Channel 5
Anita Rani has presented shows for various broadcasters including BBC, Sky, Channel 4 and Channel 5

TV and radio presenter Anita Rani has become the 11th contestant to join Strictly Come Dancing.

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Rani has presented a host of shows for various broadcasters including BBC, Sky, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

She also co-presented Watchdog alongside Anne Robinson in 2009, and a year earlier was a roving reporter on The One Show, which confirmed her Strictly participation.

"So many elements of Strictly terrify me but I shall try and think #BeyonceAlwaysOnBeat as I hit the dance floor," she said.

"I'm so excited to indulge that fantasy and hopefully learn some mean moves in the process. Let's get our groove on!"

The 10th celebrity to join the line-up is former boyband singer Jay McGuiness from The Wanted.

He 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!"

Rani and McGuiness join Jeremy Vine, Ainsley Harriott, Kellie Bright, Georgia May Foote, Katie Derham, Carol Kirkwood, Peter Andre, Daniel O'Donnell and Anthony Ogogo in vying for the Strictly crown.

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

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