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Jenkins set for US dancing show

Singing star Katherine Jenkins is to compete in the US equivalent of Strictly Come Dancing.

The newly single Welsh mezzo-soprano will join soul star Gladys Knight and former Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova on hit series Dancing With The Stars.

Previous British stars of the ABC network show - which returns next month - have included Heather Mills and Kelly Osbourne, while Strictly's Len Goodman is a regular judge.

Classical crossover star Jenkins, 31, split from Blue Peter presenter fiance Gethin Jones, 34, in late December.

The pair had been dating since late 2007, said they were both "beyond broken-hearted" at the end of the relationship.

A spokesman for Jenkins said: "She's very excited to be taking part."

Other competitors vying for the mirrorball trophy include Melrose Place actor Jack Wagner, The View co-host Sherri Shepherd, former Little House On The Prairie child actress Melissa Gilbert, Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan and singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw.

Contestants dance their first routines on March 19 and March 26, with the elimination on March 27.

The series was won by soldier-turned-actor JR Martinez and partner Karina Smirnoff.

Other previous champions have included Dirty Dancing actress Jennifer Grey - who became a guest judge on Strictly last year - and ex-Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger.


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