Laura Whitmore is third celebrity confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing

Published Wednesday, Aug 10 2016, 09:36 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Laura Whitmore is the third celebrity confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing's new series.

The former I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here NOW! host was revealed on BBC Radio 1's Breakfast Show on Wednesday morning (10 August).

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Laura Whitmore


Laura said: "Anyone who has ever met me knows [I love to dance]. I just love the endorphins it releases and it ties in to my love of music. I am a bit of a silly dancer so I'm looking forward to a bit of discipline."

She's a big Strictly fan, watching the show with her mum every year, so she certainly knows what she's getting into it! And she confesses to dancing up a storm in Camden most Friday nights, especially if they DJ plays 90s RnB, Soul, Funk and Motown.

Laura joining the show isn't a huge surprise given she was linked to the series in April, with sources telling The Sun on Sunday bosses were desperate to sign her: "Laura is gorgeous and has cool celeb friends that could support her in the audience reach such as Niall Horan and former champ Caroline Flack."

Her diary was freed up for Strictly after she quit I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here NOW! earlier this year, after five years hosting the spinoff show.

In a statement, she said: "After five incredible series working with my extended I'm A Celeb family, I've taken the tough decision to hang up my jungle boots. It's been such a wonderful experience but I feel it's time to move on. I wish the team well and look forward to tuning in later this year as well as continuing to work with ITV on other shows."

She added on Instagram: "Five incredible series! Sorry to say goodbye but been thinking about it for a long time and it's time. Still my favourite show on the telly!!"

The only other celebrities confirmed for Strictly 2016 so far are popstar Will Young and former MP Ed Balls.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One for its 14th series in September 2016