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Jamelia to join Strictly Come Dancing line-up

Published 25/08/2015

Jamelia recently appeared as a panellist on Loose Women
Jamelia recently appeared as a panellist on Loose Women

The Strictly Come Dancing conga line just got longer as singer Jamelia is confirmed as the twelfth celebrity on the show.

The BBC's director of television, Danny Cohen, announced the news ahead of this year's Edinburgh International Television Festival.

Jamelia said: "My girls are huge fans of Strictly, but when I told them I was doing it they laughed as they know that dancing is not my forte."

"The girls are amazing dancers though so I definitely want to learn a new skill so that I'll be able to give them a run for their money, and end them teasing me once and for all."

Since her music debut at 15, Jamelia has gone on to release three albums and star in a string of TV shows.

Her small screen accolades include Bear Grylls' Mission To Survive, being a panellist on Loose Women and recently she did a stint as a coach on The Voice of Ireland.

She joins a star-studded Strictly line-up that includes Jeremy Vine, Ainsley Harriott, Kellie Bright, Georgia May Foote, Katie Derham, Carol Kirkwood, Peter Andre, Daniel O'Donnell, Anthony Ogogo, Jay McGuiness and Anita Rani.

The final three celebrity contestants headed for the show will be announced later in the week.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One for its 13th series in September.

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