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".
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.
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.