Reverend Richard Coles confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2017!

Gemma Atkinson

I just wonder what took them so long.

Strictly Come Dancing fans are getting geared up for the latest series, as the line-up begins to be revealed.

"I'm totally serious about it".

"I've been waiting by the phone for 11 years". I said, 'Not half!'.

He is also the regular host of BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live radio show co-hosted BBC One's The Big Painting Challenge.

Reverend Coles is believed to be the only Vicar in Britain to have had a number one hit single in the United Kingdom, when The Communards topped the charts with "Don't Leave Me This Way".

"I have cut down on pork pies. I seem to have put on some weight", he said. I am so excited, I'm really nervous as well.

In April, the Rev Coles added to his CV by accepting the Chancellorship of the University of Northampton.

"It's going to be exciting, challenging and terrifying all at once and I am so looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone and learning to dance".

Worldwide ballroom dancer Shirley Ballas will be taking on head judge alongside Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood. I will be graceful, once they give me a dancer, they are so big and strong and they are going to be fantastic.

Gemma, who was born and bred in Bury, Greater Manchester, will be joining the likes of Saturdays singer Mollie King, This Morning's Ruth Langsford and EastEnders star Davood Ghadami on this year's Strictly.

Even if you don't know Richard Coles, you might recognise his style, as he was the inspiration for the BBC sitcom Rev - he was also a consultant on the series.

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