Thursday 19 April 2018

Chris Evans blunders revealing Anastacia as Strictly contestant ahead of reveal

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

Chris Evans slipped up on air when he revealed the name of the latest Strictly Come Dancing contestant ahead of the official reveal.

American singer Anastacia was announced as the 10th celebrity to join the line-up.

While teasing the reveal on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show, Evans said two-thirds of her full name.

Anastacia, 47, said that while she is at home singing on stage, dancing will be a new challenge for her.

She said: "I am not a dancer, I am looking forward to having fun doing something I have never done before."

Her debut song I'm Outta Love became an international hit when it was released in 2000.

She admitted she has always been a fan of the BBC dancing show.

"I have always been a fan of this TV show and admired each contestant year after year. I have seen many people have a positive experience on this show," she said.

She has spoken publicly about her battle with breast cancer, having been diagnosed twice since 2003.

In her official Strictly statement she explained: "After my double mastectomy, it stripped away a part of me that I feel I would like to find again."

"This opportunity has come at a perfect time to help me use and get to know my upper body again."

She performed on last year's series of Strictly Come Dancing, singing I'm Outta Love in the famous Tower Ballroom in Blackpool.

She admitted to being "a total '10' on the level of excitement and definitely a '10' scared".

She added: "Taking part in Strictly is a dream.

"It's such a new challenge for me - I've never done anything like this before so I hope I pull it off! I've got a lot of training to do before I'm twinkle toes so I'm eager to get my partner and get going! I'm ready!"

On Thursday, BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty was announced as the ninth celebrity contestant.

The other famous faces who will be competing for the glitter ball include e x-shadow chancellor Ed Balls, former Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac, former Eternal member Louise Redknapp, singer Will Young, TV presenter Laura Whitmore, radio DJ Melvin Odoom, model Daisy Lowe and sports broadcaster Ore Oduba.

Press Association

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