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Strictly Come Dancing 2021: The first three celebrities have been confirmed

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Photo credit: Jeff Spicer - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jeff Spicer - Getty Images

Strictly Come Dancing has unveiled it's first three celebrities joining the 2021 line-up - McFly's Tom Fletcher, comedian and actor Robert Webb, and TV presenter AJ Odudu.

The stars were confirmed on BBC One's The One Show tonight (Wednesday, August 4) by hosts Alex Jones and Amol Rajan.

Tom revealed that he's had to keep his booking on the show a secret since Christmas, and is "equal parts excited, equal parts terrified".

"I feel so naked without a guitar - so that's going to be hard to come to terms with," he joked. Tom's wife author and podcaster Giovanna Fletcher was crowned Queen of the Castle on I'm a Celebrity last year.

Peep Show's Robert Webb was the next celebrity to be unveiled on the show. The Back star previously took to the dance floor for Let's Dance Comic Relief special back in 2009, which he won with his show-stopping performance of 'What a Feeling'.

"I'm mainly in it for the costumes but you get to a point in your life this is no time to be cool and these experiences don't come along every five minutes," Robert told Alex and Amol.

TV star AJ Odudu was the final celebrity to be confirmed on The One Show.

"It's going to be really, really challenging, but honestly bring it on! I can't wait for the sequins and the glitz and the glamour," the former Voice co-host said.

"I've only hit the revolving dance-floors in Preston, and the nightclubs in Blackburn, that's my dancing experience," AJ added.

This year's Strictly will be back for a full-length series this year, with 15 celebrity contestants battling it out on the ballroom dance-floor to win the coveted Glitterball Trophy.

Themed weeks will also feature, though Blackpool week - where the semi-finalists perform at Blackpool Tower - has been cancelled for a second consecutive year due to the pandemic.

"We're so thrilled that Strictly will be returning for a full-length series this year, and know how much viewers are looking forward to getting their full Strictly fix and seeing the return of much-loved specials," the show's executive producer Sarah James told The Mirror.

"We are all so sad that we won't be able to get to Blackpool this year but can't wait to be back dancing at the one and only Blackpool Tower Ballroom in the future," she added.

Exciting changes to show feature Anton Du Beke hanging up his dancing shoes after 17 years to join the panel of judges - Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood.

Janette Manrara will also be leaving the dancing line-up to co-host Strictly's BBC Two sister show It Takes Two with Rylan Clark. Poland's Jowita Przystal, Ukraine's Nikita Kuzmin, South Africa's Cameron Lombard and the UK's Kai Widdrington join the pro-dancers.

We can't wait!

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One. It's due to return later in 2021.

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