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Friday 23rd August 2019

Strictly Come Dancing 2019: Anneka Rice confirmed as 15th contestant

She hasn't danced since she was seven

Anneka Rice has been confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing.

The award winning broadcaster has become the 15th celebrity announced for the upcoming series of the BBC Latin and ballroom competition, and she admitted she is pushing far out of her comfort zone by taking on the challenge.

She said on Steve Wright In The Afternoon on BBC Radio 2: "I haven’t danced since I was seven and Miss Beer sent me home from my ballet class because I was hopelessly uncoordinated.

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"My family and friends haven’t seen me dance since, not at a wedding or round a handbag so it’s going to be a challenge for my partner. In fact I’ve asked for two, one on each side."

The 60-year-old star - who rose to fame as the Sky-Runner in Channel 4's Treasure Hunt and went on to present the likes of Sporting Chance, Wish You Were Here, Hell's Kitchen and the Royal Variety Performance - also joked the sparkly outfits will be a world away from her everyday life.

My family and friends haven’t seen me dance since, not at a wedding or round a handbag so it’s going to be a challenge for my partner.

She teased: "I can’t see myself in a long frilly dress either. But I’m feeling recklessly excited. 'Strictly' has always been my autumn’s entertainment and now I’m part of it! My children will probably leave the country."

As well as television, Anneka presented the BBC Radio 2 Saturday Breakfast Show from 2012 to 2017, and she fronted the award-winning podcast Fortunately.

Anneka said she hasn't danced since she was seven (Credit: Splashnews.com)

Meanwhile, she is also a patron of Help For Heroes, Operation Encompass and Horatio's Garden.

Dev Griffin, James Cracknell, Alex Scott, Jamie Laing, Will Bayley, Michelle Visage, Viscountess Emma Weymouth, Karim Zeroual, Mike Bushell, Catherine Tyldesley, Saffron Barker, David James, Chris Ramsey and Emma Barton will also compete on the show.

On Wednesday, Dev and James were confirmed as contestants.

Dev said: "I just can’t believe I’m doing Strictly, it just doesn’t feel real yet! It’s going to be so much fun, but just to be clear, I’m not doing this to take part, I’m totally in it to win it!

"I can’t wait to meet my partner and start practicing."

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Meanwhile, James said: "I’m really looking forward to being a part of Strictly this year. Having spent so many years mucking around in a rowing boat with big men in tight lycra, it’s time I learned a new skill.

"I need to apologise to my kids in advance for the embarrassment."

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