BBC presenter Nikita Kanda has been confirmed as the ninth star to be taking part in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.
Nikita has interviewed an array of stars during her career, from Killing Eve’s Sandra Oh to global pop star Nick Jonas.
She was recently nominated for presenter of the year at the Asian Media Awards and has fronted reports on The One Show on a range of topics from the rise of cashless businesses to government support for female sport.
Nikita exclaimed: “I can’t believe I’m going to be on Strictly. This is a dream come true. I’m still pinching myself.
“I don’t think it will properly sink in until I step onto the dancefloor. I can’t wait to get glammed up and get out there. Throw the glitter on me!”
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The announcement was revealed on BBC Asian Network Breakfast on Nikita’s Breakfast show this morning (Tuesday, August 8).
Emmerdale actor Adam Thomas was revealed as the eighth celebrity to be taking part on the show just moments before.
He said of the news: “I am so excited to be joining the cast of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. I’ve been such a big fan of the show for years, I can’t believe I’m actually doing it!
“I can’t dance to save my life but I’m buzzing to learn and have a good laugh with my pro. Get me on that dance floor…I can’t wait!”
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The pair will be joining Amanda Abbington, Angela Rippon, Layton Williams, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Eddie Kadi, Angela Scanlon and Zara McDermot on the ballroom floor later this year.
A total of 15 celebrities are set to take part in this year’s series, with the BBC announcing the line-up gradually.
The show will once again be hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman and judged be Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, Anton du Beke and Craig Revel Horwood.
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Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals Tour is hitting the road once again in May 2024, with a star-studded line-up. Dianne Buswell, Graziano Di Prima, Gorka Marquez and Nancy Xu are just a few of the names hitting cities around the country, including London, Cardiff, Liverpool and Brighton to name just a few.
The bookmakers are already predicting Layton could make history by being in the first same-sex pairing to win the Glitterball Trophy.
Bad Education star Layton was 4/1 to win Strictly in the latest odds from bookmaker OLBG at the time of writing.
The 28-year-old said following his announcement in recent days: “Absolutely buzzing to confirm that I will be taking part in THE most iconic dance competition in the UK! It’s time to bring it to the Ballroom.”
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One and BBC iPlayer this autumn.
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