Strictly Come Dancing is Charlotte Hawkins' cha-cha-chance

Strictly has announced its newest line-up... but where are the stars

The flurry of names attached to the dancing series come shortly after reports claimed that the competition series was allegedly finding it more hard to get famous faces to sign up this year because of the much talked about "Strictly Curse".

Double Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock is the 14th celebrity confirmed for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing. Alexandra Burke is a singer-songwriter who won the 2008 series of The X Factor, and famously got to duet on the show with Beyonce.

In addition to Charlotte, The Mirror is reporting that Holby City actress Chizzy Akudolu has also signed on the dotted line, while rumours are also swirling that Debbie McGee will be confirmed as another celebrity on the show later today.

"The excitement is overwhelming".

"The opportunity to be the first contestant with a disability to take part in Strictly's main show was too good to turn down", Johnny said. Will her previous experience make her a natural on the dancefloor?

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Retired judge Len Goodman, then surprised the three contestants with a short video, telling them that the only sadness will be that they won't get "Get a 10 from Len". "I can't wait to see what I can achieve and how far I can push myself", he said.

And finally, Alexandra said: "I am so excited to be joining this year's "Strictly" cast!"

"It is a dream come true to be taking part and I'll be following in the footsteps of my Good Morning Britain colleagues".

She will be dancing off against Simon Rimmer, Ruth Langsford, Joe McFadden, Davood Ghadami, Mollie King, Susan Calman, Gemma Atkinson, Brian Conley, Aston Merrygold and Reverend Richard Coles.

Now we're counting down the days until it starts!

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