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Sunday 18th August 2019

Strictly Come Dancing 2019: Saffron Barker confirmed as fourth contestant

Rehearsals are underway

Social media star Saffron Barker has been confirmed as the fourth Strictly Come Dancing contestant on this year's series.

The YouTuber was revealed as the latest star who will take to the dancefloor by Heart Breakfast's showbiz expert and previous Strictly contestant Ashley Roberts this morning (August 1).

Saffron says she "cannot wait" to find out who her professional partner is.

Saffron, who has 1.2 million Instagram followers, said: "I am so excited I can't even tell you. This is such a dream for me.

"I'm also very nervous but I can't wait for it to actually start and I've had to hold this in for such a long time now, I'm so excited its announced.

"I'm actually most excited to find out my partner, although I know I've still got to wait another month to find out my partner. But just to get started, learning a new skill obviously. Like how cool to say you can do Latin and ballroom? And obviously all the glitz and glam."

Saffron, who just turned 19, confirmed she is single, but she hasn't thought about looking for love on the dancefloor and would prefer to concentrate on her dancing.

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Bday girl x💘💕 Thanku so much for all ur kind messages, i feel so blessed. 😇

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When asked if she is hoping to find romance with someone on Strictly, she said: "You know what I haven't even really thought about that.

"I think I'm just so focused… obviously I want to meet my partner and have the best time, but I'm just so focused on working hard and I haven't really thought about it."

Fellow YouTube star Joe Sugg finished as runner-up on the show last year, and Saffron admits he will be a tough act to follow.

Speaking on Heart Breakfast, she added: "I'm excited to follow in his footsteps. He did absolutely amazing … I've got a lot to live up to."

Saffron's announcement comes after it was confirmed last night (July 31) that EastEnders' Emma Barton, former England footballer David James, and comedian Chris Ramsay will also compete in this year's Strictly.

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Waltzing in from Walford welcome @TheEmmaBarton! @BBCEastEnders Honey Mitchell to #Strictly

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