Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Strictly contestants announced for 2022

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 (BBC/Guy Levy)
(BBC/Guy Levy)

With just over a month to go until Strictly Come Dancing comes back to our screens on BBC One, the first announcements for Strictly contestants are being made public.

Last year saw 15 dance pairs compete on Strictly Come Dancing and there will likely be similar numbers this year.

Each week, a pair will be voted out of the competition until one celebrity and one professional dancer partner will be crowned the winner of the dance show.

Here’s who’s already confirmed to be appearing on the show in its 20th season.

Full list of Strictly contestants announced for 2022

  • Will Mellor

  • Kym Marsh

  • Kaye Adams

  • Richie Anderson

Will Mellor was the first celebrity to be announced as one of this year’s contestants on Thursday, August 4, saying “bring it on” in his excitement to be in the dancing show.

The 46-year-old actor is best known for appearing in Hollyoaks, Coronation Street, Casualty, and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.

“I’m honestly so chuffed to be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this year!” Mellor said. “Not going to lie, it’s totally out of my comfort zone and I know it will be a huge challenge but that’s what life is all about.”

The next contestant announced was actress and TV presenter Kym Marsh, who currently hosts BBC One’s Morning Live and has appeared in Coronation Street and The Syndicate.

"I’m nervous but I’m really looking forward to it," Marsh told BBC Breakfast today.

There’s no word yet on when the next contestant will be announced, but it’s confirmed that Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke, and head judge Shirley Ballas will all also return to the Strictly judging panel this year.

Strictly Come Dancing is set to return to BBC One on Wednesday, September 7.

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