Strictly Come Dancing is back! The BBC has revealed that Katie Piper will be stepping out on the dancefloor this year – we get to know her a little better.
Revealed as a Strictly contestant: Katie Piper was the first celebrity contestant to be announced for Strictly 2018. She confirmed the news when she appeared as a guest on BBC Breakfast on Monday, August 13.
Occupation: TV presenter
Thank you for all your lovely messages. I’m super excited but very nervous about being a contestant on this years @bbcstrictly it’s going to be a challenge but everyone who knows me knows I love a challenge so here goes... a new chapter in my life! #strictly2018 #bbcbreakfast pic.twitter.com/hVBQnloqce— Katie Piper (@KatiePiper_) August 13, 2018
Best known for: Katie Piper was the victim of an acid attack by an ex-boyfriend as she was just starting out in her TV career.
She made an award-winning documentary, Katie Piper: My Beautiful Face, about the groundbreaking surgery she underwent to rebuild her face.
Katie has appeared as a guest and presenter on programmes including This Morning, The Secret Millions, Hotel GB, Celebrity Deal or No Deal, and presented Channel 4’s Alternative Christmas Message in 2009.
She has also fronted series Bodyshockers and Katie Piper: My Beautiful Friends, and published a number of books about her experiences.
The mum-of-two is the founder of The Katie Price Foundation, a charity for people who have had burns and other disfigurement injuries.
Katie said: “For me, it’s really out of my comfort zone and it’s nothing like I’ve ever done before, so I was really worried – will I be the first person to go home?
“The only person I told was my husband, through text message, and he thought I was joking.
“I like having fun and music and parties, but dance-wise, I went to a musical on Thursday with my friend, and he noted that I wasn’t even clapping in time, so in terms of rhythm, I don’t know how well that’s going to go.”
Strictly partner: Gorka Marquez
Strictly codename: Brie
Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One in September.
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