Strictly Come Dancing 2018 line-up: Which celebrities are confirmed? Who is rumoured to be joining them?

The BBC One dance contest is back in the autumn for series 16. Joe Sugg has been named as the fourth person joining the show.

We’re just weeks away from the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018 and the excitement is at fever pitch now that the BBC has started announcing this year’s contestants.

Take a look at who has been confirmed for series 16, and who is rumoured to be stepping out on the BBC One dancefloor come September.

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So who is taking part in Strictly Come Dancing 2018?

Confirmed

Joe Sugg

YouTube sensation Joe Sugg was announced on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast show as the next contestant to join Strictly.

The 26-year-old internet star is the brother of famous vlogger Zoella and his YouTube channels, which have 8.2 million fans, specialise in gaming, pranks and impressions. He also wrote the hit graphic novel series Username: Evie.

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Joe said: “I'm honestly so chuffed to be involved in the show this year! Not going to lie, I'm very nervous about it, it's totally out of my comfort zone and I know it will be a huge challenge but that's what life is all about I guess."

Faye Tozer

Faye Tozer

The former Steps star was the first celebrity dancer announced by The One Show, joining Katie Piper for this year’s line-up.

Faye, 42, is sure to come in for the traditional complaints about already having dance experience as part of the pop group known for their routines, but was quick to squash any critics by telling Matt Baker and Alex Jones “I think you’ll find a few of us have (dance experience) this time.”

As well as topping the charts in the 90s and 00s, Faye has starred in stage shows including Singing in the Rain, and Tell Me on a Sunday.

Danny John-Jules

Danny John-Jules

Faye’s One Show announcement was closely followed by the unveiling of the first male celebrity to join Strictly 2018 – Danny John-Jules.

The actor is best known for his roles as Cat in the sitcom Red Dwarf, and as policeman Dwayne Myers in Death in Paradise. He has also appeared in Maid Marian and Her Merry Men, and The Tomorrow People.

Danny’s previous dance experience includes having played a dancer in The Great Muppet Caper, and his One Show announcement also featured footage of him in a Wham! video.

The 57-year-old actor confessed the competition was "already nerve-wracking" after his unveiling on The One Show.

Katie Piper

TV presenter Katie Piper was the first celebrity contestant to be announced for Strictly Come Dancing 2018.

She appeared on BBC Breakfast to confirm that she would be donning her dance shoes and sequins come September for the 16th series, although she claimed not to know who any of her rivals would be.

[Read more: Katie Piper unveiled as first Strictly 2018 contestant]

Katie, a mum of two, said that her dream pro partner would be Giovanni Pernice and that the celebs this year are all referred to by secret code names of cheeses to stop their names being leaked in advance. Her codename was Brie.

The TV star was the victim of an acid attack carried out by her ex-boyfriend and an accomplice. She later made an award-winning documentary about the groundbreaking surgery she underwent to rebuild her face.

She has appeared on programmes including This Morning, The Secret Millions, and Hotel GB, as well as hosting Channel 4's Bodyshockers, and has published a number of books about her experiences.

Rumoured

Kate Silverton

Kate Silverton

The 48-year-old BBC newsreader has been a target for the show for several years and the tabloids believe she's finally agreed to take part.

Way back in 2006, Silverton admitted that she had wanted to take part in the series, but her work commitments, which included reporting from Basra, prevented her signing up.

Meanwhile, in Kate's case, bosses have reportedly been trying to convince the 48-year-old to go on the show for 12 years.
'Kate has been at the top of the producers' wish list for more than a decade,' an insider told The Sun.

Ashley Roberts

Ashley Roberts

The former Pussycat Doll and I'm a Celebrity finalist has been signed up for the 2018 series, according to The Sun.

Her dance experience with The Pussycat Dolls should make her an early favourite to win the series.

She was previously a judge on Dancing on Ice for two series and took park in Channel 4 reality series The Jump. She also co-presented Saturday Night Takeaway for three years.

 

 

Rylan Clark-Neal

Rylan Clark

When This Morning presenter Rylan was asked whether he would take part in the show by former winner Harry Judd and former finalist Lisa Snowdon, he quickly changed the subject.

His coy response sparked a flurry of rumours about him being part of this year's lineup. Could he add the Glitterball Trophy to his Celebrity Big Brother win?

Vick Hope

Vick Hope

The Capital FM DJ is the first contestant signed up for the new series, accoridng to The Sun newspaper.

Vick, 28, is a Cambridge graduate, who you may have seen on the engineer gameshow Carnage, 4Music, MTV, Disney Channel, BT Sport or ITN.

She's co-hosted the Capital FM breakfast show with Roman Kemp since 2017,

Writing on her personal website, Vick said: "Newcastle-Nigerian-bred, Cambridge-educated and London-living, it feels like a lot has happened in a comparatively short career: A year spent in Buenos Aires writing for a national newspaper led to climbing into the tellybox at MTV, which whisked me on to some incredible experiences in entertainment news reporting and TV production on both sides of the camera, before landing at ITN as one of their youngest reporters.

"En route I’ve been dubiously trusted to harass…sorry, interview… the biggest names in the biz, from Justin Timberlake to Harrison Ford and Kate Winslet, and somewhere along the way I started presenting coverage of the beautiful game. The journey continues."

Mark Labbett

Mark Labbett

The BBC are reportedly after one of the Chasers to take part and Labbett has been the most vocal about taking part in a reality show, so he seems like the most likely contender.

He's ruled out I'm a Celeb previously because of the lack of food and he claims that Dancing on Ice turned him down because his size made him a danger to his partners. So perhaps The Beast will be taking on a Paso Doble this autumn?

Maddie Moate

Maddie Moate

The Bafta-winning YouTube and CBeebies presenter is a huge hit with parents and kids and landed a job on Springwatch this year with the new Wild Academy spinoff for younger nature fans.

She's been linked to the show on Twitter and we can imagine the BBC would be keen to get her involved and take her from children's TV star to the mainstream.

Luke Pritchard

Luke Pritchard

The Kooks singer told the Evening Standard that Strictly Come Dancing was the only reality show that he would consider taking part in. The frontman would be a leftfield choice for the BBC, but the popstar claimed that he had some decent moves in his locker. We're not sure air guitar will work in the cha-cha-cha.

Alex Scott

Alex Scott - Footballer and presenter

The former England and Arsenal Ladies star took part in the Sport Relief Strictly Come Dancing special earlier this year and won, so she looks like a good bet for the full series this autumn.

Alex was a hit on the BBC's World Cup coverage in Russia, where she was a regular pundit and presenter. In Olympic years the BBC have signed up athletes, so it would make sense for them to get a footballer after a successful year for the Three Lions.

On the Sport Relief special, Alex partnered with Pasha Kovalev and was praised by Darcy Bussell for her timing, lifts and "fearless" approach to dancing,

Sam Womack

Sam Womack

The former EastEnders actress has been linked to Strictly in the past, but she dropped her biggest hint ever that she might be heading onto the dancefloor during an interview with The Mirror.

Womack revealed that she was having the summer off before "going back on the telly in September" for a secret project. Most TV dramas are announced with a long lead, so Strictly seems like a strong possibility for the ex-Mitchell sister.

Chelsea Halfpenny

Chris Kamara

The neice of former Strictly champion Jill Halfpenny was linked to Strictly last year and the soap actress has read the rumours about her taking part.

Although she insists that she doesn't have her aunt's dancing genes, the Alicia Monroe actress has taken up tap dancing lessons and didn't deny she was taking part in an interview with the Radio Times.

"I mean, I always say ‘never say never’ but I just have to mention that I am not as light on my feet as my auntie," she said.

"I don’t think I would have the success that she had!"

The former Emmerdale and Byker Grove actress has appeared in Casualty since 2015.

Chris Kamara

Chris Kamara

The Ninja Warrior UK presenter took part in the Strictly Sport Relief charity special and reportedly impressed the producers with his enthusiasm on the dancefloor.

The football pundit has claimed that he's been given the time-off for the full series this autumn, but it's not known whether the well known joker was being serious about strapping on the sequins.

Davina McCall

Davina McCall

The former Big Brother host has been linked numerous times with Strictly, but her busy schedule often rules her out. She previously claimed that she wouldn't take part because her husband might get jealous about the professional dancers. but following the end of her marriage earlier this year, the tabloids believe Davina might be tempted to strap on some sequins.

Davina previously stated that Strictly is the one reality TV show she would take part in, so maybe 2018 is her year.

Boris Becker

Boris Becker

The tennis legend was hotly tipped for I'm a Celebrity last year, so we'll take this rumour with a pinch of salt, but the German Grand Slam star is apparently closer than ever before to signing up for Strictly.

Becker's financial problems have been documented in the press, so a big pay day from a reality TV show would be tempting for the sports icon.

He has previously appeared in the studio audience of the BBC One show - perhaps he was taking notes?

Jorgie Porter

Jorgie Porter

Jorgie Porter has issued a come-and-get-me call to Strictly's producers, revealing that it's the one reality show she has wanted to take part in.

"I've always wanted to do Strictly, from day dot," she told ITV's Lorraine. "I think I've done everything but Strictly.

"I think I'd take it so seriously maybe the public would hate me, because I'm so serious!"

Porter is currently preparing for a UK tour of the musical Fame.

Joe McElderry

Joe McElderry

The singer has already triumpged on three reality shows in the past winning the X Factor, Popstar to Operastar and The Jump and he's now got his eye on the Strictly glitterball.

"I would love to try Strictly, that's the one for me. It would be a fun one," McElderry told OK! magazine. "I am a bit of a frustrated dancer.

"In my head I think I dance like Beyonce, but I don't think that's the case. In my head I think I am performing in her stadium concert then I get off stage and see videos of myself back and think 'ohh I don't know why I was doing that'."

Rosie Marcel

Rosie Marcel

Following rumours that Rosie Marcel's Holby City character Jac Naylor is about to be killed off, the actress has been linked to the new series of Strictly.

Could she follow in the footsteps of former Holby stars Chizzy Akudolu and Joe McFadden?

Speaking about her dancefloor skills, Rosie told the Daily Star: "I really can't dance to save my life, even my three-year-old tells me not to dance. So that's how bad I am, but I'm not adverse to anything.

"So as long as I'm paired up with Anton Du Beke or someone like that I think we'd have quite a lot of fun."

Jennifer Metcalfe

Jennifer Metcalfe

The Hollyoaks has thrown her hat in the ring for Strictly, revealing that she would "love" to take part in the show.

Metcalfe, who will return to Hollyoaks as Mercedes McQueen this summer, said that she wouldn't even have to think about signing up.

The soap star previously took part in Dancing on Ice in 2011 and became a mum to baby boy Daye in 2017.

Courtney Act

Courtney Act

The Celebrity Big Brother and RuPaul's Drag Race star is another celebrity hoping that the BBC come calling.

Courtney, real name Shane Jenek, said that she would want to dance with a male partner on the show.

"I hope the BBC would be open to it," she told the Daily Star. "They love a stunt casting. Surely it's time for the BBC to do it."

"I would want to be Courtney and dance with a male partner. And then half way through the series I'd come out as Shane and there would finally be same-sex dancing on the show.

"I've seen same-sex ballroom dancing and it's just as fabulous."

John Bercow

John Bercow

The Speaker of the House of Commons is now just 6/4 to take part in Strictly this year, following the lead of Ed Balls in switching politics for the ballroom.

Bercow is currently under pressure and police are assessing an allegation of “misconduct in a public office”, which means many commentators believe he will step down in the autumn.

His wife Sally famously took part in Celebrity Big Brother, so it wouldn't be a huge shock to see him strap on some sequins for Strictly or head into the jungle.

Steph McGovern

Steph McGovern

The BBC Breakfast star was recently in the headlines for claiming that the BBC has a regional bias, so the broadcaster may be keen to keep the popular presenter on-side with a Strictly slot.

Steph is a fan of the series and certainly has the dance skills - she is a former champion Irish dancer who has shown off her jig on BBC Breakfast in the past.

Lucy Verasamy

Lucy Verasamy

Bookmakers have slashed the odds on the Good Morning Britain weather presenter beings this year's ITV breakfast team representative to just 3/1.

The popular member of the GMB team will be hoping to match the success of Susanna Reid rather than flops Charlotte Hawkins and Kate Garraway.

Kym Marsh

Kym Marsh

The Coronation Street actress has just signed a new five-year deal with the soap, so it's not clear how Kym would find the time for a stint on the dancefloor - however, the tabloids believe that Kym might have signed up for the new series.

Marsh has reality TV pedigree, finding fame on Popstars and taking part in Popstar to Operastar.

Brendan Sheerin

Brendan Sheerin

The star of Channel 4's daytime favourite Coach Trip sparked rumours that he might sign up for the new series with a tweet earlier this year, hinting that he was interested in taking part.

Loveable Brendan would the perfect fit for this year's 'comedy contestant'.

Lizzy Yarnold

Lizzy Yarnold

The two-time Winter Olympic gold-medal winner has had a special 2018 and according to the Daily Mail, she might be rounding off the year with some glitterball action.

The paper claims that the record-breaking British Olympian has had meetings with the show's producers and is secretly a keen dancer.

Catherine Tyldesley

Catherin Tyldesley

It was a shock when Catherine announced that she was leaving the cobbles last year and she departed the ITV soap on screen at the start of August.

Tyldesley won't be short of work offers when she leaves Corrie, but if she's ever fancied turning her hand to dance, we're sure the BBC producers would jump at the chance to sign her up.

She's confessed that she's a huge fan of the show, but also told fans on Twitter that she wouldn't be taking part this year. Is she just trying to put us off the scent?

Coleen Rooney

Coleen Rooney

Coleen has been linked to Strictly and I'm a Celeb for numerous years, but 2018 might finally be the year that she makes the move into reality TV.

As Wayne's career moves into its final years, Coleen might fancy showing off her dancefloor skills and taking the limelight.

Mel B

Mel B

The BBC are reportedly trying to sign up a Spice Girl for this year's series and with Posh unlikely, Ginger ruling it out and Baby having already done it, that just leaves Sporty and Scary.

The tabloids are currently predicting Mel B to in the final line-up as she has a book out in the autumn. She would be a controversial selection as she previously took part in the American Strictly, finishing as the runner-up on Dancing With The Stars.

Maya Jama

Maya Jama

The TV and Radio presenter has been in the headlines following the confirmation of her relationship with Brit Award winner Stormzy.

She's apparently being lined up for the 2018 series of Strictly, which would be a massive boost for the young star's career.

You may have seen her previously on MTV, the MOBO Awards, Loose Women or ITV's Cannonball. She has also joined the Radio 1 presenter team this year.

The True Love or True Lies presenter has denied that she's taking part in the series, telling Good Morning Britain: “I’m not on Strictly. I don’t think now is the right time, maybe later in life.

“I think I would want to let people know who I am a bit more. I don’t want to be that one that everyone is like, ‘Who’s that?'"

Joey Essex

Joey Essex

Mark Wright was the first TOWiE star to sign up for Strictly and Joey Essex is rumoured to be following in his footsteps.

No stranger to a fake tan, we suspect Joey would enjoy the glitter and sequins, but we're not sure whether he had any dancing skills.

Kate Bottley

Kate Bottley

After the success of Rev Richard Coles last year, priest Kate could be the next religious leader to show off their Saturday night dancefloor skills.

Best known for her appearances on Gogglebox and as a presenter on Radio 2, Bottley has hinted that she would sign up for the show if the BBC came in with an offer.

Rachel Shenton

Rachel Shenton

Strictly has had Olympians, politicians and pop legends grace the dancefloor, but never an Oscar winner. The former Hollyoaks actress who bagged an Academy Award at the start of the year is apparently on the producers' wishlist for 2018.

Anneka Rice

Anneka Rice in 2017.

Radio 2 presenter and former TV show host Anneka Rice is the latest star rumoured to be joining the Strictly 2018 cast - with some tabloids saying that she has already 'signed up' for the series.

Rice, 59, best known for fronting 1980s shows Treasure Hunt and Challenge Anneka, is said to have met BBC executives to discuss her involvement in Strictly, in the hope that she will match the appeal of Debbie McGee in last year's series.

Sources told The Sun: “Bookers are very keen to get Anneka and know she would be a huge signing. After Debbie McGee’s popularity last year there is a sense the more mature lady does well and resonates with older viewers.”

Dan Walker

Dan Walker

The BBC Breakfast team have a long tradition of having a contestant on the show and it looks like it be might be Dan’s year to take part.

Other members of the early-morning team who could sign up include Louise Minchin and Charlie Stayt.

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Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan

The Good Morning Britain presenter has hinted that he’s in talks for the new series and has even challenged his breakfast TV rival Dan Walker to battle him on the dancefloor.

Lord Sugar has also offered £25,000 to charity if Piers ends up strapping on his sequins.

Nadiya Hussain

Nadiya Hussain

The Great British Bake Off winner is apparently one of the first celebrities to sign up for the new series. The popular baker and TV presenter was spotted at the live shows in 2017 and is a big fan of the series.

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Les Dennis

Les Dennis

The former Coronation Street actor and Family Fortunes presenter has been approached to take part in the past, but claims that his contract with Corrie meant he was barred from taking part.

Now that he has left the Street, the actor said that he is now up for the challenge and has thrown his hat in the ring.

Cheryl Tweedy

Cheryl and Liam

The Girls Aloud and X Factor star would be a massive coup for the series, but the fact that she’s taking part in a new BBC Saturday night series called The Greatest Dancer probably rules her out.

Cheryl, Glee star Matthew Morrison and Strictly’s Oti Mabuse were the coaching panel for the pilot, which was filmed earlier this year,

Josh Cuthbert

Josh Cuthbert

The X Factor boyband star has been linked to the series by The Sun, who claim that he is being targeted by producers to bring in younger female viewers.

The popstar and model found fame on X Factor and is getting married this summer to model Chloe Lloyd.

David James

David James

The former England and Liverpool goalkeeper is rumoured to be taking part in the series. Reports claim that producers want a footballer because it’s a World Cup year and James, who does punditry for the BBC, is the top target.

James played 53 times for England and his club career included stints at Aston Villa, Manchester City and Portsmouth.

He currently coaches Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League, which may prevent him taking part in the show.

Gemma Collins

Gemma Collins

The Towie star has stated her intentions to take part in the hit entertainment show, but it’s not clear if the feelings are mutual.
Judge Craig Revel Horwood previously downplayed suggestions that she could take part, describing her as a bit downmarket for the BBC One series.

Michelle Keegan

Michelle Keegan

The former Coronation Street star has been at the top of the Strictly producers' wishlist for nearly a decade.

She was chased to take part when she was in Coronation Street and they even signed up her husband Mark Wright in 2014.

She is filming a fourth series of army drama Our Girl this year, but that won’t stop the speculation that this might finally be the year she takes part.

Strictly Come Dancing: Who are the previous winners?

2004 - Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole
2004 - Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett
2005 - Darren Gough and Lilia Kopylova
2006  - Mark Ramprakash and Karen Hardy
2007 - Alesha Dixon and Matthew Cutler
2008 - Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup
2009 - Chris Hollins and Ola Jordan
2010 - Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev
2011 - Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani
2012 - Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace
2013  Abbey Clancy and Aljaž Škorjanec
2014 - Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev
2015 - Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani
2016 - Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton
2017 - Joe McFadden and Katya Jones

Strictly Come Dancing: Who are the presenters?

Tess Daly will be back for her 16th series and will be joined by Claudia Winkleman for her fifth series on the main show.

Zoe Ball is also expected to return to BBC Two spin-off series It Two Two, every weeknight in the autumn.

Strictly Come Dancing: Who are the professional dancers?

The full line-up of professional dancers has not been confirmed yet.

However, Brendan Cole has revealed that he will not be returning after being axed by the BBC. If Anton Du Beke returns, he will be the only remaining pro dancer from the first series.

Strictly Come Dancing: When is it back?

The 16th series will start in September on BBC One.

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