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Friday 3rd July 2020

Capital FM's Vick Hope confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing

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Capital FM DJ Vick Hope is the fifth celebrity to be confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2018.

The news was revealed, appropriately enough, by Vick and Roman Kemp on Capital FM's Breakfast on Wednesday morning.

Vick is the fifth celebrity signed for Strictly (Credit: Brett D Cove/Splash)

Vick said: "I can tell you every Saturday night I get to be close to Faye from Steps. I'm doing Strictly! Strictly Come Dancing!"

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The 28-year-old called the situation "surreal", adding: "I can't pretend I'm a celebrity like some of the others. Their level, their following...

"What an opportunity, I'm just honoured to be part of it!"

I can't pretend I'm a celebrity like some of the others.

Vick, who has a degree from Cambridge and has worked for 4Music and MTV, added: "I'm so nervous about doing something outside of my comfort zone in front of so many people on live TV, which I could easily screw up.

"I've started genuinely having nightmares about going out in the first week!"

Vick joins previously announced contestants, YouTuber Joe Sugg, Steps' Faye Tozer, Red Dwarf actor Danny John-Jules and TV presenter Katie Piper on the dance-floor.

Joe, 26, who is the brother of internet sensation Zoella, has more than five million followers on both Twitter and Instagram, and his YouTube channel, ThatcherJoe, has more than eight million subscribers.

Joe was the fourth contestant confirmed for Strictly (Credit: Grant Buchanan / FameFlynet.uk.com / SplashNews.com)

He said: "My knowledge of dance isn't the best, so I'm just going to go into it completely open minded."

Joe also joked of his costumes: "I do feel pretty nervous about it. I just hope they have child sizes as I'm tiny!"

Inspirational campaigner and presenter Katie, 34, was the first to be unveiled on Monday's BBC Breakfast, where she said it had been hard keeping her appearance a secret!

Katie Piper confirmed her Strictly appearance on BBC Breakfast (Credit: BBC)

She said: "I feel so privileged and excited to be part of my favourite show on TV. I already know how much of an amazing experience it will be for me and I can't wait to show my girls some of my new dance moves!"

Katie is mum to four-year-old daughter Belle and seven-month-old daughter Penelope.

Later that day, on Monday's edition of The One Show, Steps singer Faye, 42, and actor Danny, 57, were both announced as new contestants.

Faye was announced as a contestant on The One Show (Credit: BBC)

Faye, who has also enjoyed a successful stage career, said: "I can't wait to get in the costumes. The swishy skirts and fabulous fringing encrusted with crystals... It's a big yes from me!"

The star also hit back at the suggestion she's got an advantage because of her dance background.

"I think you'll find a few of us have and that's what makes it an interesting competition. Even though I have some experience I don't have any ballroom experience and I'm excited to get my teeth into that, dance with a partner, be whisked around the floor."

Danny will also compete on Strictly this year (Credit: BBC)

Danny, who played Cat in Red Dwarf, added on The One Show that he's a bit "overwhelmed" by the standard of contestants so far!

The keen motorcyclist added: "Having spent the last few months on two wheels motorcycling around South America in pink leathers, I'm absolutely delighted to be getting back on two feet and into something more comfortable like glittery spandex."

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The remaining contestants will be announced over the coming days.

Strictly returns to BBC One this autumn.

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