Strictly Come Dancing: Gemma Atkinson will be competing for the glitterball in this year’s series [BBC]
Gemma Atkinson is the fourth celebrity to be revealed as part of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing line-up, confirmed on Thursday’s BBC Breakfast.
The news was revealed by former contestant Naga Munchetty and co-host Charlie Stayt on the morning show.
Naga competed in Strictly in 2016 with professional dancer Pasha Kovalev before being eliminated in mid-October.
Former Emmerdale actress Gemma will join The Saturdays star Mollie King, EastEnders actor Davood Ghadami and This Morning presenter Ruth Langsford in competing for the glitterball this autumn.
Strictly Come Dancing: Gemma Atkinson is the fourth celebrity to be confirmed [BBC]
Emmerdale: Gemma Atkinson’s character Carly Hope left the ITV soap to start a new life earlier this year [ITV]
The model strutted on to the studio sofa to join the presenters and the first question they asked Gemma was how she managed to keep her appearance a secret.
Laughing, she explained: “I felt so snide lying to all my family. Proper snide. My mum obviously knew and Mike at the radio [station]. My aunt and uncle emailed me saying they’d had Google alerts and I’m sorry for lying!”
The actress, who rose to fame as Lisa Hunter on Hollyoaks, continued: “I’m looking forward to learning to dance. It’s so out of my comfort zone, even wearing heels is for me. I just want to challenge myself and do something I’ve never done before.”
In a statement posted on the official Strictly website, the 32 year old said: “I am honoured to be asked and so thrilled to be joining Strictly Come Dancing 2017! I’m beyond excited and incredibly nervous.
Strictly Come Dancing: Gemma Atkinson will be competing for the glitterball [ITV]
“But I am looking forward to learning a new skill in Ballroom and Latin dancing and taking on this new challenge.”
The beauty’s most recent role was as Carly Hope in ITV soap Emmerdale, bowing out earlier this year to reunite with her ex Matt laving Marlon Dingle and his daughter April devastated.
All this week, famous faces have been being announced with singer Mollie King, who is following in the footsteps of bandmate Frankie Bridge, was the first to be revealed on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast show with Nick Grimshaw.
Davood’s name was confirmed by the BBC Press office on Tuesday while Eamonn Holmes revealed that his wife would be taking part on the show during a glitzy reveal on their magazine chat show.
Strictly Come Dancing: Ruth Langsford announced her own appearance on the show during her This Morning programme [ITV]
More contestants will be announced over the coming weeks, with the celebrities having to wait until the launch show to find out their partners.
Strictly Come Dancing returns this autumn on BBC One.