Chart star Pixie Lott is the early favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing as the BBC unveiled the full cast of celebrity dancers who will battle it out in the new series.
The final three famous faces – Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace, Bargain Hunt’s Tim Wonnacott and Mrs Brown’s Boys star Jennifer Gibney – were officially announced on The One Show.
They join 12 other dancers including Xtra Factor host Caroline Flack, singer Frankie Bridge, Judy Murray, Mark Wright and EastEnder Jake Wood.
Gibney, who is married to the show’s creator Brendan O’Carroll, said: “As a child I wrote to Blue Peter asking could I dance with Pan’s People. Now at last I get a chance to earn my badge – excited doesn’t cover it.”
Bookmaker William Hill has Lott at 5-1 to win, closely followed by Bridge and former Blue singer Simon Webbe, who are both 6-1. Wonnacott is the 33-1 outsider.
The firm’s spokesman Rupert Adams said: “We cannot see Tim Wonnacott making it through the first week unless he gets a cult following like John Sergeant.”
The new series will be the first without veteran host Sir Bruce Forsyth, with Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman sharing the presenting job.
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC1 for its 12th series on Sunday September 7 at 8pm.
Daly has co-hosted the show with Sir Bruce, 86, since it began in 2004 and was joined by Winkleman in 2011 to present the Sunday night results shows.
Pixie’s Virtually Famous episode aired on E4 on Monday night. You can re-watch the show below.
It’s been rumoured for weeks, but now it’s finally official: Pixie will be joining the “Strictly Come Dancing” line-up.
Celebrities who are confirmed for the show are: Alison Hammond, Caroline Flack, Frankie Bridge, Jake Wood, Judy Murray, Mark Wright, Pixie Lott, Scott Mills, Simon Webbe, Steve Backshall, Sunetra Sarker, Thom Evans and Zöe Salmon.
The show returns to BBC One with a launch show on September 6th.
Today, Pixie chatted with Cats from Thailand on Google+. If you missed it, you can watch the whole hangout below.
Pixie Lott was late for her first date with her boyfriend.
The ‘Mama Do’ hitmaker, 23, left model Oliver Cheshire waiting for two hours under Marble Arch in London after they arranged to meet following Vivienne Westwood’s London Fashion Week after-party three years ago.
Speaking to The Sun newspaper’s Fabulous magazine, she said: “We’d arranged to meet under Marble Arch and he waited for two hours for me.
“I’d been on a work thing and been delayed. I couldn’t believe he was still there when I showed up.
“He was just sat on a little picnic bench reading a book… for two hours! I was like, ‘I’m so sorry!’ and he was like, ‘It’s OK, don’t worry.’ Now he’d be like, ‘What the hell are you doing?’”
However, time-keeping isn’t Pixie’s only downfall as she admits she’s really bad at cooking and tends to leave the evening meals to her beau.
She explained: ”I wish I was a domestic goddess but I don’t cook, I’m so bad. I think it’s because since I was five, it’s always been music, dance classes and acting. I’ve not had any time to properly learn.
“I did my first dish the other day – chicken in a bag! I made some sweet potato fries. But Ollie’s a really good cook so I just let him get on with it.”