Yesterday we revealed who the judges and presenters were for the forthcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing, well today the full list of contenders has been announced.
A girl-band member, soap stars, radio personalities, sports people and Fern Britton.
It looks like the tenth SCD is going to be a full house.
Nicholas Bernard James Adam Byrne Jr (born 9 October 1978) is a singer-songwriter, radio and TV presenter and former footballer, best known for being the oldest member of Irish music band Westlife. Before his music career, he played professional football, representing Republic of Ireland at several underage levels. Since then he has had a successful TV presenting career. His wife Georgina is the daughter of former Irish Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, and they have twin sons called Rocco Bertie Byrne and Jay Nicky Byrne. On 7 September 2012, it was announced that Byrne would be a contestant for the tenth series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Richard Arnold (born 24 November 1969) is a British television presenter. He is currently working with ITV Breakfast and Seven Network. On the 7th of September 2012 he became the first celebrity to be announced officially for Strictly Come Dancing 2012.
Louis Antoine Smith (born 22 April 1989) is a British artistic gymnast who specializes in the pommel horse. He received a bronze medal and a silver medal on the pommel horse at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics respectively, with the former marking the first time a Briton gymnast had placed in an Olympic event since 1928. Smith has also formed part of the Great Britain team that took the bronze in the men’s artistic team all-around at the 2012 London Olympics.
Smith is a member of the Huntingdon Gymnastics Club, training alongside teammate Daniel Keatings under coach Paul Hall. He is a two-time European Silver medallist and Commonwealth Games Champion.
Victoria Louise Pendleton, MBE (born 24 September 1980) is a retired English track cyclist who specialised in the sprint disciplines. She represented Great Britain and England in international competition, winning nine world titles including a record six in the individual sprint competition. Pendleton is the reigning World Champion for the sprint, and a former Olympic, European and Commonwealth champion. In 2012 she won the gold medal in the keirin at the 2012 Summer Olympics, as well as silver in the individual sprint.
Pendleton was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.
Johnny Ball (born Graham Ball, 23 May 1938) is a British television personality, a populariser of mathematics and the father of BBC Radio 2 DJ Zoë Ball.
Colin Salmon (born 6 December 1962) is a British actor best known for playing Charles Robinson in three James Bond films and James “One” Shade in the Resident Evil film series.
Danielle Jane Harmer (born 8 February 1989) is an English television actress, presenter and singer. Harmer is best known as the title character in the UK television programme The Story of Tracy Beaker/Tracy Beaker Returns and Tracy Beaker Survival Files, a guide of how to survive in the world. She also played Molly Venables in the BBC sitcom After You’ve Gone. Harmer confirmed on Twitter that she will not appear in the spin off series, The Dumping Ground.
Harmer also has her own TV show called Dani’s House, which is to conclude on 19 July 2012. A spin-off series has been confirmed for Dani’s House, which will be called ‘Dani’s Castle’. Harmer has also occasionally presented continuity clips on the CBBC Channel. She was also a presenter on Friday Download in the first series, where she guest presented the ‘Style Download’ segment.
Harmer recorded her debut album Superheroes but it was never released and it was later confirmed she had parted way with her record company.
Fern Britton (born 17 July 1957) is an English television presenter, known as the former main co-presenter on the ITV magazine programme This Morning alongside Phillip Schofield. She left the show on 17 July 2009, her 52nd birthday.
Jerry Faye Hall (born July 2, 1956) is an American model and actress, also known for her long-term relationship with Mick Jagger and her four children with him.
Kimberley Jane Walsh (born 20 November 1981) is an English singer-songwriter, dancer, model, television presenter and actress. She is best known for being a member of girl group Girls Aloud, formed through ITV’s reality television programme Popstars: The Rivals. The group has achieved twenty consecutive top ten singles (including four number ones) in the UK, five studio albums have all been certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), two of which went to number one in the UK, and accumulating a total of five BRIT Award nominations.Also acts in Horrid Henry The Movie as Prissy Polly.
Walsh fronts the 2009 Autumn/Winter collection for the fashion chain New Look. In July 2010, Walsh became a presenter on music talk-show, Suck My Pop. Walsh’s net worth was estimated at £6 million in April 2012.
The tenth SCD premieres on BBC1 on Saturday night at 6.30PM. Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly return as the hosts of this years contest, with Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman being joined by new addition Darcey Bussell.
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