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Strictly Come Dancing’s new recruit announces she’s signed up with a twirl

The show has revealed the 11th contestant to join this year’s series.

Good Morning Britain host Charlotte Hawkins delivered her own news on Monday morning – that she has joined Strictly Come Dancing.

The presenter and newsreader, 42, told ITV viewers: “The 11th contestant to join Strictly Come Dancing 2017 is… me.”

As she twirled around the studio with the show’s Richard Arnold, she joked: “This is where I trip over.”

Arnold joked back: “It’s the first time you’ve shaved your legs on the show Charlotte.”

Hawkins admitted: “I thought I was going to trip over, and that would be it before I’d begun.”

The mother-of-one apologised to her friends and family for keeping the news “a secret from everyone”.

She added: “I did dancing as a child. I did a bit of ballet and I do a bit of dancing around the kitchen with my two-year-old, but I’m not sure that counts.”

Kate Garraway, who previously competed on the show, said she should not give her colleague tips because she herself had been a “disgrace”, adding: “Don’t do anything that I did.”

Arnold, who also took part in Strictly, said: “I did flash my bottom once” on the BBC1 show, to which Hawkins replied: “I will be trying not to do that!”

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Strictly Come Dancing 2017

Celebrities previously announced include entertainer Brian Conley, The Saturdays’ Mollie King, former JLS singer Aston Merrygold and This Morning’s Ruth Langsford.

Also hoping to samba to success are Sunday Brunch presenter Simon Rimmer, former Emmerdale star Gemma Atkinson, Reverend Richard Coles, Holby City’s Joe McFadden, EastEnders star Davood Ghadami and comic Susan Calman.

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