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Strictly Come Dancing: Bill Bailey announced as seventh contestant

The new series starts later this year

Strictly Come Dancing has announced Bill Bailey is to appear on this year’s series.

The comedian, musician and actor is the seventh celebrity contestant to be confirmed for the new series of the latin and ballroom show.

Bill Bailey
Strictly Come Dancing has announced Bill Bailey is to appear on this year’s series (Credit: SplashNews.com)

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What did Bill Bailey say about Strictly?

He said: “In these strange times we’re living through, it feels right to do something different and take on a new challenge.

“So I am delighted to be a part of this year’s unique Strictly Come Dancing.

“My late mum Madrin would have loved it – I hope she’ll be watching.”

Bill’s appearance on the BBC One show was confirmed on the The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 on Thursday morning (September 3).

My late mum Madrin would have loved it.

The comedian has appeared on shows such as Black Books, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and QI.

Bill Bailey confirmed his Strictly appearance on the The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show (Credit: SplashNews.com)

Bill also starred in Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra, where he performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

The news of Bill’s signing comes after it was revealed boxer Nicola Adams will dance in the first same-sex pairing.

Strictly to feature first same-sex couple

She said: “I’m really excited to be joining this year’s incredible line-up for Strictly Come Dancing.

Nicola Adams will dance in the first same-sex pairing on Strictly (Credit: SplashNews.com)

“I’m a huge fan of the show and am thrilled to be part of something that holds such a special place in so many people’s hearts.

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“I also wanted to thank the BBC for supporting me and making me the first ever all female-pairing.”

She added: “It’s amazing to be a part of the movement for change, diversity and breaking boundaries in the entertainment industry.”

Meanwhile, Good Morning Britain presenter Ranvir Singh recently announced she’s doing Strictly.

What did Ranvir say?

The presenter said: “Feels like embarking on a rollercoaster, where you really want to do it but you are equally scared.

“Hopefully after the first dance I will feel exhilarated rather than sick!”

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