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Cancer survivor Anastacia donating Strictly salary to charity

Anastacia is hoping to "make a difference" by donating her salary from Strictly Come Dancing to charity.

Anastacia is donating her fees from Strictly Come Dancing to a breast cancer charity.

The Left Outside Alone singer was diagnosed with the disease in 2003, and in 2013 her breast cancer returned in a more aggressive form. Later that year, she announced she was cancer free after undergoing a double mastectomy.

Now, as she prepares to compete in the hit dance competition series, the singer plans on giving back to those who are currently facing the same battle she once fought.

The 47-year-old tells the BBC she wanted to "give as much as I can back to the women and to a cure" and to "make a difference".

Anastacia is also encouraging fans and friends to donate to the cause as well, saying, "I'm going to try to ask as many of my mates that might have a couple of extra dollars to match what I make. So whatever I end up making I just want them to match it."

The star did not reveal how much she is making from the show nor which organisation she plans on donating the fees to.

The 14th series launches on Saturday (03Sep16), and Anastacia will face off against the likes of singers Will Young and Louise Redknapp, model Daisy Lowe, Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac, and presenter Laura Whitmore.

The contestants will be judged by Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood, with this series marking the final one for head judge Goodman.

Professional dancer Brendan Cole is one of the favourites to take Goodman's place on the panel, but told the BBC his focus is currently on this year's competition.

"It's going to be sad not to have Len, he's part of the furniture, and whoever replaces Len (will have) massive shoes to fill," he said.

"If I'm even considered as a possibility, that would be a massive honour. But for now, the focus is on the dancing and whoever I'm partnered with."

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