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Saturday 7th December 2019

Strictly Come Dancing 2019: Emma Weymouth confirmed as eighth contestant

The new series starts this autumn

Emma Weymouth has been announced as the eighth Strictly Come Dancing contestant for this year's series.

The Viscountess and chef was confirmed on Gaby Roslin's BBC Radio London show on Sunday.

She said in a statement: "I absolutely love watching Strictly every weekend and I can’t believe that I’m getting the chance to be on this series.

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"I know it will be such an amazing experience from start to finish. I can’t wait for the dancing and the fabulous outfits!"

On Saturday, it was revealed that CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual will be taking to the dance floor.

Karim said he's looking forward to having the "skimpiest of clothes, the widest of flares, the brightest of colours and the tallest Cuban heels a guy can find".

Meanwhile, on Friday, it was revealed that BBC Breakfast sports presenter Mike was the sixth contestant.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, he said: "It feels like a weird dream. I've known a few weeks.

"I thought they'd got the wrong person, genuinely.

"Because for years people have got me confused with Chris Hollins, who won in 2009.

"This happens every week, someone says, 'Can I have a selfie?' They're in the middle of the selfie, 'My partner loved you on 'Strictly', and I'm thinking, 'Do I say I've never been on 'Strictly' or do I keep quiet.'"

On Thursday's edition of This Morning, actress Catherine confirmed she will be competing in the series this year.

Catherine said: "I'm so excited. My husband [knew], he's thrilled to bits. I told my best friend and he started laughing. The history is I can't really dance.

"I can't dance. I love to dance on a night out if I've had a few drinks, but that is it. I am literally terrified. I'm going to struggle to remember things [like the choreography].

Catherine admitted she can't dance (Credit: ITV)

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"I always thought I need to do this. It's going to be like therapy. It's going to be a real challenge for me."

Strictly returns to our screens this autumn.

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