Who is Karim Zeroual? Meet the Strictly Come Dancing 2019 contestant and TV presenter

The class of 2019 is being revealed – find out more about one of this year’s amateur dancers.

It’s that time of year again – Strictly Come Dancing’s celebrity cast for the coming series is being announced.

Find out more about one of the Glitterball Trophy contenders, Karim Zeroual.

Revealed as a Strictly contestant: Karim was the seventh Strictly 2019 contestant to be announced, at the CBBC Summer Social Festival on August 3.

Age: 25

Occupation: CBBC presenter

[Read more: All you need to know about Strictly 2019]

Best known for: Parents of young kids are likely to be familiar with Karim from his presenting role at CBBC, which has also taken him to BBC coverage for other events including Wimbledon and BBC Young Dancer.

Before landing his CBBC job, Karim was a regular in West End shows which will have prepped him well for Strictly.

He also appeared in EastEnders, Da Vinci’s Demons, Blue Peter, and three series of The Sparticle Mystery.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Joining our #Strictly Come Dancing class of 2019 it’s CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual!

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He said: “To be offered the chance to take part in Strictly is dumbfounding, I’m pinching myself!

“I’m so excited to be Strictlified. I want THE LOT. The skimpiest of clothes, the widest of flares, the brightest of colours and the tallest Cuban heel a guy can find! The more flamboyant the better… sequins galore please!”

Strictly partner: Amy Dowden

Memorable moments: He may not have been one of the best-known names going into the contest, but Karim certainly made sure everyone knew his name by the end of the series as he emerged as one of the strongest dancers.

Together with Amy Dowden, they provided some of the biggest wow moments in the competition, including the first perfect score of 40 for their Hairspray-themed Jive in Musicals Week.

Despite landing in the bottom two a couple of times, it was rarely in any doubt that they would make the final and while they ultimately didn't win, they did come away top of the leaderboard after the judges' scores.

Placed: Karim and Amy were runners-up alongside Emma Barton and Anton du Beke, with both pairs beaten by winners Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse.

Meet the Strictly 2019 celebrity lineup

Jamie Laing

Jamie Laing - OUT

Dev Griffin

Dev Griffin

Emma Weymouth - Strictly Come Dancing

Emma Weymouth

Saffron Barker - Strictly Come Dancing

Saffron Barker

Mike Bushell - Strictly Come Dancing

Mike Bushell

James Cracknell - Strictly Come Dancing

James Cracknell

Michelle Visage

Michelle Visage

David James

David James

Alex Scott

Alex Scott

Emma Barton

Emma Barton

Will Bayley

Will Bayley

Anneka Rice

Anneka Rice

Karim Zeroual

Karim Zeroual

Catherine Tyldesley

Catherine Tyldesley

Chris Ramsey

Chris Ramsey

Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly

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Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One for series 17 on September 21 at 7pm.

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