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This Morning's Ruth Langsford to compete in Strictly Come Dancing

Ruth Langsford joins Mollie King from The Saturdays and Davood Ghadami from EastEnders.

This Morning presenter Ruth Langsford has been revealed as the third contestant for this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

On Wednesday (09Aug17), the This Morning team kept teasing fans with hints about who could be the next Strictly contestant, and during the dramatic announcement, her co-host and husband Eamonn Holmes opened a door, unveiling Ruth.

When she sat down on the sofa after the reveal, the 57-year-old admitted she felt "a bit shaky" but was relieved the secret was out as she had been keeping it quiet for so long.

Strictly professional Karen Hardy appeared on the show to give her advice about the competition and Ruth admitted she was worried about being lifted up and wearing uncomfortable shoes, while Karen joked that Eamonn needed to keep Ruth's hips supple.

Ruth said she will be training for four hours in the afternoon once she has fulfilled her presenting commitments, causing Eamonn to jokingly moan, "Some responsibilities will be neglected".

He later got serious and said, "I'm so proud, I think you will be an inspiration to older women. Well done darling".

This Morning contributing presenter Rylan Clark-Neal was thrilled by the news too, saying, "I'm so excited - my telly mum's going on Strictly!"

In her official statement, Ruth said, "I have dreamt about doing Strictly for so long, I can't quite believe my dream has come true!... Without doubt, it will be the scariest yet most exciting thing I've ever done. It will be a welcome change worrying about my next hot move instead of my next hot flush!"

She joins Mollie King from The Saturdays and Davood Ghadami from EastEnders.

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