Reverend Richard Coles confirmed for Strictly

These days the countdown to Christmas doesn't start with early decorations in shops, flawless present suggestions in September or cheeky July advertisements: it starts when the Christmas entertainment shows begin and this includes BBC favourite Strictly Come Dancing.

And what did last year's break-out Strictly star have to say?

Could that advice have been comprehensive enough to involve specific dance moves?

The 55-year-old first shot to fame as one of the members of the Communards, who are best known for their number one hit Don't Leave Me This Way.

"It's obvious to anyone who knows me that a major dance talent was waiting to be discovered and the opportunity came along. My partner David has put a lock on the fridge, it's all been salad, salad, salad".

On Nick Grimshaw's BBC Radio One breakfast show Mollie told the presenter: "I'm a huge fan of Strictly Come Dancing so I can't actually believe I'm lucky enough to be taking part in it this year!"

"I want to challenge myself and do something I've never done before".

Host of ITV's This Morning and regular Loose Women panellist Ruth Langsford was the third confirmed celeb.

He may not be able to embark on the Strictly tour, following the show, as it "does rather clash with epiphany so I have to work that out with my church".

"I'm from the David Brent school of dance".

Gemma initially embarked on the new fitness programme in May in a bid to tone up and achieve the fashionable "peachy bum" that she had always dreamed of.

While an exact start date has yet to be confirmed, around Saturday September 9 seems the likely launch date.

It will be the first series without Len Goodman on the judging panel but there is a very exciting replacement.

Vanessa Coleman