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Ainsley Harriott announced as second Strictly Come Dancing contestant

Published 11/08/2015

Ainsley Harriott is the second contestant to be announced for this year's Strictly Come Dancing
Ainsley Harriott is the second contestant to be announced for this year's Strictly Come Dancing

Celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott has been revealed as the second contestant for this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

Harriott, 58, was announced as a contestant live on The One Show, where he revealed he loves to "glide around the kitchen".

He said: "I must admit that I do love to dance, but doing it in front of the nation is a whole different matter. In my day job the only type of Salsa I know about is the one in my recipes so I am looking forward to rising to the challenge, bring it on!"

The 13th series of BBC's Strictly starts in September and Harriott will join presenter and journalist Jeremy Vine, who was revealed as the first contestant on Monday.

Harriott presented hit BBC One cookery show, Ready Steady Cook for 16 years from 1994 until 2010 and said Vine would be a worthy competitor.

"Jeremy has got this wonderful discipline about him. Everything he does is structured and he plans it."

"When it comes to dancing it is about the discipline and how much effort you put in. If you put the time in then you can be a bit more expressive," added Harriott.

Harriott, who revealed he hadn't been told who his partner would be yet, has been priced as the outsider at 66-1 by bookies.

Vine had his odds slashed to 25-1 after the announcement of Harriott's involvement.

Nicola McGeady of Coral's bookmakers said: "Ainsley Harriott has replaced Jeremy Vine as the outsider to win this year's glitterball trophy, with the odds suggesting that he won't be as smooth on the dance floor as he is in the kitchen."

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