Her fellow celebrity contestants of 2016 are Lesley Joseph, Greg Rutherford, Tameka Empson, Ed Balls, Will Young, Laura Whitmore, Ore Oduba, Melvin Odoom, Danny Mac, Daisy Lowe, Naga Munchetty, Anastacia, Claudia Fragapane and Judge Rinder.
Also returning is Strictly’s out of this world judging panel of Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and, in his final year, Head Judge, Len Goodman.
On Saturday 3 September at 6:50pm on BBC One, co-presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will host an exclusive premiere and star-studded red carpet launch and will welcome the fifteen brand new celebrity contestants to the dancefloor.
This is where the journey will begin for the class of 2016. At the launch, the celebrities will discover which professional dancer they are to be paired up with for the competition and with their help, hope to take home the famous Glitterball Trophy. Along with the professional dancers, the celebrities will take to the dance floor for the very first time for a mesmerising group performance.
Once the celebrities pair up with their professional dancers, they will have three weeks to train before returning to the ballroom to perform live to the nation every Saturday night. There will be no public vote in the first week and the results show with Tess and Claudia will begin from week two on Sunday nights. From then, each week the two couples with the lowest combined scores from the judges and public vote will face each other in the dance off, with one couple leaving the competition for good.
What are you looking for in a dance partner?
I’d love somebody who I can feel really comfortable with, somebody that can support me and won’t be really angry if I go wrong. I’m really hard working and I’m not a ‘let’s all mess around’ type person. I’m a mum, I’ve got my husband at home, I’ll want to go and get on with the job in hand and I’ll want to learn want I need to do and I’ll do it to the best of my ability. I also know nerves can really get the better of me and I’ll think it will be my biggest downfall. On performance night I just know my poor dancer will just have to stop me from shaking the whole way through!
Which of the judges do you want to impress the most?
I think to impress them all is clearly the aim of the game. I really respect Darcey as a dancer. When I was younger I really loved watching her, I’ve seen her in shows and I think she’s incredible. I think to impress her on the dance front as a woman would be amazing but to impress them all would obviously be ideal!
What are you looking forward to most from the whole Strictly experience?
I think just having the opportunity to perform again. When you’ve grown up as a performer and you’ve been in the music industry and you’ve played at Wembley and you’ve done concerts everywhere, it’s all about performing. When all of the sudden that’s taken away from you there’s quite a big void of something you love to do and you don’t quite get the same buzz of performing in the lounge in front of your kids! I think just getting back out there and having the opportunity to perform to music is what I’m most looking forward to. I think a lot of people go into Strictly wanting something out of it at the end. I’m not doing it for that. I’m quite happy with my life and I don’t want to do loads more, I’m happy with my business, my kids, my everything else, so I think it’s just about having one last shot at putting on the dance shoes and a few jazz hands!
Strictly Come Dancing – Launches Saturday 3rd September at 6.50pm on BBC One.