Strictly Come Dancing 2022 contestants | Full line-up of stars

On Friday twelfth August, EastEnders star James Bye grew to become the penultimate superstar to be confirmed for the line-up, whereas , singer-songwriter Fleur East and Animal Park presenter and wildlife cameraman Hamza Yassin had been introduced earlier within the week.

Also donning their dancing footwear this 12 months are: CBBC star Molly Rainford; soccer legend Tony Adams; comic Ellie Taylor; BROS legend and singer-songwriter Matt Goss; KISS radio presenter Tyler West; former Paralympic champion and broadcaster Ellie Simmonds; comic Jayde Adams; radio broadcaster Richie Anderson; Loose Women star Kaye Adams and actors Will Mellor and Kym Marsh, who had been the primary names to be revealed.

All of them will take to bop flooring later this autumn with the hopes of lifting the Glitterball.

As ever, they’re going to must impress the Strictly Come Dancing judges, which is able to this 12 months embody Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke, following Bruno Tonioli’s exit earlier in 2022.

Last 12 months noticed EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis topped because the winner of the nineteenth season, alongside her skilled dance companion Giovanni Pernice.

This 12 months, 4 new dancers have been added to the skilled line-up.

European cup winner Vito Coppola, Chinese National Champion Carlos Gu, former Under 21 British National Champion Lauren Oakley and Latin dance champion Michelle Tsiakkas have all signed up for the upcoming run, making it the largest pro-line up in Strictly’s historical past.

With it being the present’s twentieth season, we anticipate the BBC might be pulling out all of the stops to make it one to recollect beginning with an A-list line-up.

Read on for all of the confirmed celebrities, as properly these rumoured, for the twentieth season.

Strictly Come Dancing 2022 contestants: Full line-up of stars

Helen Skelton

Helen Skelton on Strictly Come Dancing 2022


Age: 39

Job: Presenter

Instagram: @helenskelton

Twitter: @HelenSkelton

Helen Skelton completes our Strictly 2022 line-up because the fifteenth contestant set to sashay onto the well-known dance flooring at Elstree this 12 months.

She is finest often called a TV presenter, having been a reporter on Newsround again in 2007, earlier than turning into becoming a member of Blue Peter from 2008 to 2013. She additionally began presenting Countryfile in 2008, which she nonetheless does to this present day.

Skelton has since offered quite a few sporting occasions for the BBC, together with the 2016 Olympic Games.

She has additionally appeared on the likes of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins and has flirted with Strictly previously, having taken half within the 2012 Christmas particular.

Speaking about her new problem, Skelton stated: “I’m really excited to get stuck into a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started.”

James Bye

James Bye for Strictly Come Dancing 2022

James Bye for Strictly Come Dancing 2022 BBC

Age: 38

Job: Actor and EastEnders star

Instagram: @jimmybye

Twitter: @jimmybye

EastEnders star James Bye has been introduced because the 14th superstar for Strictly Come Dancing 2022.

The father-of-three is finest identified for his efficiency as Martin Fowler on BBC cleaning soap opera EastEnders, having performed the long-running function since 2014.

Now, James follows within the footsteps of earlier EastEnders stars together with Emma Barton, Davood Ghadami, Jake Wood, Maisie Smith and final 12 months’s winner, Rose Ayling-Ellis.

Speaking about participating, James stated: “I’m not known for my shimmy or my twinkle toes – in fact my kids regularly laugh at my dad dancing but it’s an honour to be asked and I’m going to give it my best shot.

“There are some big dance footwear to fill and it’s actually thrilling to observe within the footsteps of some superb EastEnders expertise. I’d like to do everybody proud.”

Could James see similar success for the EastEnders cast?

Hamza Yassin

Hamza Yassin for Strictly Come Dancing 2022

Hamza Yassin for Strictly Come Dancing 2022 BBC

Age: 32

Job: TV presenter and wildlife cameraman

Instagram: @hamzayassin90


Wildlife cameraman Hamza Yassin has been confirmed as the 13th celebrity to be joining Strictly Come Dancing 2022.

The TV presenter, best known for his roles presenting the BBC’s Animal Park and guest presenting on BBC’s Countryfile, is more than up for the challenge.

On joining the show, Hamza said: “I’m completely over the moon to be becoming a member of Strictly 2022. Never in one million years did I believe I’d be on such a cool present. I’ve been watching it for years and I can’t consider I’ll really be there dancing dwell in entrance of the British public.

“My dance abilities are at the moment on the stage of ‘1970s disco vibe’ however I’m able to work onerous and might be shaking it each time I get the prospect – shake it ‘til you make it!”

We can’t wait to see Hamza get started!

Fleur East

Fleur East for Strictly Come Dancing 2022.

Fleur East for Strictly Come Dancing 2022 BBC

Age: 34

Job: Radio presenter, singer-songwriter and rapper


Twitter: @FleurEast

Singer-songwriter Fleur East has become the 12th celebrity to be confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2022.

The former X Factor contestant and prolific presenter joins the line-up for the new season – will her musicality prove helpful to her?

Fleur said about joining the series: “I’m equally nervous and thrilled to be half of this 12 months’s Strictly line-up. I’m excited to study new abilities and I wish to take in each second of this magical expertise.

“It’s such an honour to be on the present after years of watching it with my father who liked it a lot.

“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!”

Getting emotional chatting with Ranvir Singh about becoming a member of on Lorraine, Fleur added: “I’m going to be doing it for him. I’m just gutted he can’t see me do it, but I’m going to keep him in mind during the show… I’m excited – my family, just for that reason, will be buzzing.

“I wasn’t anticipating to get this emotional about it.”

We’re sure that Fleur will do her dad proud!

Tony Adams MBE

Tony Adams for Strictly Come Dancing 2022.

Tony Adams for Strictly Come Dancing 2022 BBC

Age: 55

Job: English football manager and former professional player

Instagram: @tonyadamsofficial

Twitter: @tonyadams

Tony Adams MBE became the 11th contestant to be confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2022.

Tony’s football career has spanned across three decades, having played for both Arsenal and the England national team.

Speaking about joining the line-up, the English football icon said: “To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of the sequins and the decision of the salsa has me swapping my battered outdated soccer boots for a set of Strictly delicate footwear.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be giving it my all on this year’s 20th anniversary of Strictly Come Dancing. I can’t wait to meet my partner – god Help her – and start the dancing.”

Will he show as skilful on the dance flooring as he does on the soccer pitch?

Molly Rainford

Molly Rainford for Strictly Come Dancing 2022

Molly Rainford for Strictly Come Dancing 2022 BBC

Age: 21

Job: Singer and actress

Instagram: @mollyrainford

Twitter: @mollyrainford

Former Britain’s Got Talent and CBBC star Molly Rainford has been confirmed as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing 2022.

Molly was 11 when she discovered success on BGT along with her efficiency of Ave Maria, whereas she is the star of the CBBC collection Nova Jones.

Speaking about participating within the upcoming season, Rainford stated: “I’m so excited to be part of Strictly Come Dancing, I’ve watched it for years and can’t wait to meet the pros and the others taking part! I can’t wait to learn the moves and get dancing!”

Molly added on Instagram: “The secret’s finally out, I can’t believe it… I’m doing Strictly!! I already know it’s gonna be an experience of a lifetime & I can’t wait to meet the rest of the @bbcstrictly family I’ll be sharing it with.”

She signed off: “Get me to the dance floor.”

Ellie Taylor

Ellie Taylor for Strictly Come Dancing 2022

Ellie Taylor for Strictly Come Dancing 2022 BBC

Age: 38

Job: Comedian, broadcaster, author and actor

Instagram: @elliejanetaylor

Twitter: @EllieJaneTaylor

Ellie Taylor was revealed because the ninth contestant to have joined Strictly Come Dancing.

The comic can also be a broadcast author and has had performing roles in collection together with the hit Apple TV+ present Ted Lasso.

On becoming a member of the present, Ellie stated: “Well, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I’m absolutely over the moon to be a part of Strictly 2022!

“I’ve watched the present for years so to have the ability to take to the dance flooring is a dream come true, for each me and mum who’s a Strictly tremendous fan!

“At the moment I’m focusing on the excitement and glitter and choosing to ignore the fact that I have the dancing ability of a newly born giraffe. Bring it on!”

Ellie has additionally appeared on Mock the Week, The Mash Report, Live on the Apollo, Late Night Mash, and co-hosts on The Great Pottery Throw Down.

She will quickly co-host Cheat on Netflix alongside Danny Dyer.

Matt Goss

Matt Goss for Strictly Come Dancing 2022

Matt Goss for Strictly Come Dancing 2022 BBC

Age: 53

Job: Singer-songwriter and musician

Instagram: @mattgoss

Twitter: @mattgoss

BROS legend and musician Matt Goss has been confirmed because the eighth contestant to hitch Strictly Come Dancing 2022.

The singer, who has loved prolonged residencies in Las Vegas, lately launched his solo album, The Beautiful Unknown.

Speaking about becoming a member of the collection, Matt stated: “I’m extremely nervous and excited, but I’m optimistic because I’m very supple from the knees down.”

Will Matt’s musical background show a successful component for the BROS singer?

Matt’s participation was confirmed on This Morning.

Speaking to This Morning presenters Josie Gibson and Craig Doyle, Matt stated: “I’m excited, I’m nervous. You have the conversation and then you go about your day and you think, ‘I’ve got to dance.’ I’m eating everything that’s favourable to Spandex. I’ve got to make sure it’s alright, I’m excited.”

He added: “I’ve been almost reclusive. I come in [to the country], I work and go back to America. I just thought, ‘You know what, it’s time for me to come home, just do something completely out of my comfort zone’ … I’m quite shy off stage. I just have to face all those demons and just learn.”

Tyler West

Tyler West joins the Strictly Come Dancing line-up

Tyler West joins the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 line-up. BBC

Age: 26

Job: DJ, TV presenter and radio host

Instagram: @tylerwestt

Twitter: @TylerWestt

KISS radio host Tyler West grew to become the seventh superstar to be introduced for Strictly Come Dancing 2022.

Tyler started his showbiz profession on CBBC and went on to current the likes of MOTD KickAbout and Blue Peter. The presenter at the moment hosts weekday afternoons on KISS.

West’s radio work has earned him an ARIA nomination for Best New Presenter.

“I am SO gassed to be joining the Strictly family! As I started writing this I already got cramp,” revealed Tyler before the show started. “It’s going to be one crazy incredible journey which will no doubt be SO far outside my comfort zone.

“It’s a show that means so much to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously shake a leg on that shiny dance floor… with a side of sequins.”

Ellie Simmonds

Ellie Simmonds announced as Strictly Come Dancing 2022 contestant

Ellie Simmonds introduced as Strictly Come Dancing 2022 contestant

Age: 27

Job: Former athlete and broadcaster

Instagram: @elliesimmonds

Twitter: @EllieSimmonds1

Best known as a gold medal-winning Paralympic swimmer, Simmonds was announced for Strictly Come Dancing 2022 on BBC Five Live’s breakfast show, and spoke of her excitement in joining the series.

“To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to be so much fun,” she stated.

“I’m counting down the minutes until it starts; learning to dance, meeting my partner and everyone else involved in the show. Plus wearing the sequins and all that, it’s going to be a blast.”

Jayde Adams

Jayde Adams Strictly

Jayde Adams for Strictly Come Dancing 2022 BBC

Age: 37

Job: Comedian



Comedian and actress Jayde Adams grew to become the fifth superstar to be unveiled for the 2022 line-up, saying her presence throughout an look on BBC Radio 5 Live.

“Since I watched the first series in 2004, I feel like every step I’ve taken in my career over the last 11 years was to be on Strictly,” she stated following the announcement. “I cannot begin to express the emotions I am feeling, this means so much to me and my family.

“I’ve been a large fan of the present for years. I really feel like I’m watching myself in a dream and I can’t consider I’ve manifested this.”

Kaye Adams

Kaye Adams for Strictly Come Dancing 2022

Kaye Adams for Strictly Come Dancing 2022 BBC

Age: 59

Job: Loose Women panelist and broadcaster

Instagram: @kayeadamsofficial

Twitter: @kayeadams

Scottish broadcaster and Loose Women mainstay Kaye Adams will be taking part in this year’s run of Strictly Come Dancing.

Speaking about taking part in the series as a self-professed bad dancer, Kaye revealed: “I stated I wished to make the final 12 months of my fifties memorable and I can’t assume of a greater manner of doing it than displaying the world my two left ft. Pray for me!”

The announcement of Kaye taking part was made on Loose Women on Friday 5th August 2022, with her close friend Nadia Sawalha praising her for embracing the challenge.

Richie Anderson

Richie Anderson - Strictly Come Dancing 2022.

Richie Anderson is becoming a member of Strictly Come Dancing 2022 BBC

Age: 34

Job: BBC Radio 2 presenter and former footballer


Twitter: @richie_anderson

BBC Radio 2 presenter and former footballer Richie Anderson is joining Strictly Come Dancing 2022 after being a super-fan for years.

Richie Anderson said: “This is a dream come true! I can not wait to get in these sparkles and sequins and shimmy throughout essentially the most well-known dance flooring on the earth! Strictly is the final word really feel good present, as quickly as I hear that iconic theme tune it’s simply pure escapism.

“I’m going to have to cancel my legendary Strictly launch night kitchen party that I throw every year, I’m sure my friends and family will understand. It’s also a massive honour to be part of an all-male dance partnership, it’s so important we have that inclusion on such a huge show.”

The radio star might be participating in a same-sex couple, following within the footsteps of John Whaite final 12 months.

Kym Marsh

Kym Marsh

Kym Marsh joins Strictly Come Dancing 2022 BBC

Age: 46

Job: Actress

Instagram: @marsh_kym

Twitter: @msm4rsh

Actress and presenter Kym Marsh has joined the line-up for the twentieth season. Kym is finest identified for enjoying Michelle Connor on Coronation Street and being one fifth of pop group Hear’Say.

“I’ve thought of doing Strictly for years however the timings by no means labored out. I’m so delighted that this 12 months they’ve! I’m an enormous fan of the present and may’t consider I’m going to go from watching at dwelling in my pyjamas to really dancing in entrance of the judges in a glittery gown, it’s unreal!” she said about her signing.

Will Mellor

Will Mellor

Will Mellor for Strictly Come Dancing 2022 BBC

Age: 46

Job: Actor

Instagram: @willmellor76

Twitter: @Mellor76

Actor Will Mellor was the first celebrity to be announced as part of the 2022 line-up.

“I’m truthfully so satisfied to be participating in Strictly Come Dancing this 12 months! Not going to lie, it’s very out of my consolation zone and I do know will probably be an enormous problem however that is what life is all about,” he said.

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