Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Thirteenth celebrity contestant revealed

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11 Aug 2022, 12:54

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We now know who the thirteenth celeb to hit the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom this year!

Wildlife cameraman and presenter Hamza Yassin will hit the dance floor alongside the likes of Will Mellor, Kym Marsh and Richie Anderson.

Hamza is one of the presenters of BBC’s Animal Park and a guest presenter on BBC’s Countryfile. He is also well known to the younger viewers of Ranger Hamza, presenting CBeebies live-action show Let’s Go For A Walk and new series Ranger Hamza’s Eco Quest later this month. 

In a statement announcing the news, Hamza said: “I am absolutely over the moon to be joining Strictly 2022. Never in a million years did I think I’d be on such a cool show. I’ve been watching it for years and I can’t believe I’ll actually be there dancing live in front of the British public. 

“My dance skills are currently at the level of ‘1970’s disco vibe’ but I’m ready to work hard and will be shaking it every time I get the chance – shake it ‘til you make it!”

Also announced for the ballroom earlier today (Thursday 11th August) was pop star Fleur East. The singer was runner-up in series 11 of The X Factor, and has released two albums. She also appeared on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! back in 2018. 

She has also featured as a presenter on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, as well as hosting ITV game show The Void.

In a statement, Fleur East said: “I’m equally nervous and thrilled to be part of this year’s Strictly line up. I’m excited to learn new skills and I want to soak up every moment of this magical experience. 

“It’s such an honour to be on the show after years of watching it with my Father who loved it so much. Unfortunately my Dad is no longer with us but I know he will be watching over the ballroom in spirit. I’m doing this to make him and my family proud and can’t wait to get my dancing shoes on!”

Hamza and Fleur join ex-footballer Tony Adams, singer and actress Molly Rainford, as well as Will Mellor, Kym Marsh,Richie Anderson,Kaye Adams,Jayde Adams,Ellie Simmonds,Tyler West,Matt Goss and Ellie Taylor in the celebrity line-up this year.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One later this year.