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Vanessa Feltz to dance on Strictly

Vanessa Feltz has been unveiled as the first contestant on this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

The star, who is known for her appearance on the first series of Celebrity Big Brother in which she appeared to have an on-screen breakdown, appeared on Radio 2's breakfast show to reveal that she would be taking part in the BBC One dance show.

Vanessa said that she had been preparing by wearing sequins, telling listeners: "I've got sequins on my lingerie and I intend to wear nothing else until I get turfed out."

The Londoner said she hoped to be paired with somebody "virile...but patient."

Vanessa confirmed her appearance on Strictly on the Radio 2 Breakfast show, which was guest presented by It Takes Two host Zoe Ball.

Vanessa's TV career - which had also included a presenting role on Channel 4's Big Breakfast - stalled after a fake guest scandal that engulfed her ITV programme.

Other names rumoured to be in talks to battle it out for the glitterball trophy on the show this year include rugby player Ben Cohen, designer Julien Macdonald, singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, model Abbey Clancy and Hairy Bikers cook Dave Myers.

It has also been confirmed that Strictly's series 11 launch show will clash with The X Factor's series 10 second episode.

BBC One will air the dance contest's opener from 6.50pm until 8.10pm on September 7 while The X Factor starts at 8pm - meaning an overlap of 10 minutes for fans of both shows.

The X Factor has a one-week head start on Strictly as it launches on August 31.

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