Strictly Come Dancing 2017: Reverend Richard Coles fifth star CONFIRMED for line-up

Strictly Come Dancing 2017 Rev Richard Coles to grace the floor

Gemma Atkinson is the fourth celebrity confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2017

And he added in a statement: "Cometh the hour, cometh the overweight vicar with arthritis in his knees".

"I just want to challenge myself and do something I've not done before".

Church of England priest Rev Richard Coles has been confirmed as the fifth celebrity to compete in Strictly Come Dancing.

The gay vicar and musician enjoyed chart success in the 80s when he formed the band The Communards with former Bronski Beat singer Jimmy Sommerville.

Alongside Rev Coles will be pop star Mollie King, EastEnders actor Davood Ghadami, TV presenter Ruth Langsford and actress Gemma Atkinson.

He also kicked off a career in broadcasting later in the decade as co-host of BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live, and plenty of guest appearances on Have I Got News for You.

"As far as dance training goes I've not had any". They looked me up and down a bit and said: "Do you fancy it?".

Shirley's appointment comes after beloved Strictly star Len Goodman, 73, announced that he would be retiring.

We can't wait to see him put on his dancing shoes!

The 57-year-old said: "I have dreamt about doing Strictly for so long, I can't quite believe my dream has come true!" I am so excited, I'm really nervous as well.

The forthcoming series will see legendary choreographer Shirley Ballas claim Len Goodman's Head Judge seat following his shock departure at the end of a year ago and, although the fellow panelists - Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli - are excited to have her on board, they're convinced she'll stand her ground.

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