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Williams and Henson join Strictly

Former Destiny's Child star Michelle Williams is among the celebs taking to the dancefloor in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

The singer - who said she was looking forward to learning some "sexy, sultry, seductive" moves - will join Charlotte Church's ex - Welsh rugby player Gavin Henson - and veteran TV magician Paul Daniels, who is one of the show's oldest ever dancers at 72.

Rival soaps EastEnders and Coronation Street are also well-represented in the eighth series of the hit ballroom show and there are plenty of familiar faces from the world of sport and television.

Albert Square fans can cheer on Scott Maslen, best known as Jack Branning in the BBC One soap, and Kara Tointon, who played Dawn Swann.

Tina O'Brien, who played Sarah-Louise Platt before leaving Weatherfield for Waterloo Road, is another contestant.

Ex-MP Ann Widdecombe, former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, actor Jimi Mistry, Billy Connolly's wife Pamela Stephenson and Felicity Kendal will also be strutting their stuff.

Former gymnast turned TV presenter Matt Baker could be among the early favourites but will be challenged by DJ Goldie who has form in reality shows. He was a surprise hit when he picked up the conductor's baton in another BBC One show, Maestro.

The first episode is this Saturday, with the contestants facing a live audience for the first time on Friday October 1.

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