Aston Merrygold joins Strictly Come Dancing

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 14 August 2017
Aston Merrygold

Aston Merrygold

Aston Merrygold has become the eighth contestant to sign up to this year's 'Strictly Come Dancing'

Aston Merrygold has joined this year's 'Strictly Come Dancing' line up.

The JLS singer has become the eighth celebrity to sign up to the forthcoming series of the ballroom and latin show, which will kick off this autumn, but, although he's "excited" about the challenge, he's "nervous" about having to learn the new routines each week.

He said: "I'm so happy to be joining 'Strictly Come Dancing' 2017.

"It is such a brilliant show and I've followed it for years. I'm both nervous and excited to learn from the professionals about a whole new way of dancing!"

But the heartthrob will no doubt use the skills he's picked up while performing with the band and judging on the talent show 'Got to Dance' to help him sail through each week.

The 29-year-old hunk may have some experience when it comes to different dance styles but he'll need to beat off some stiff competition if he wants to bag the trophy.

He joins Simon Rimmer, Joe McFadden, Reverend Richard Coles, Gemma Atkinson, Ruth Langsford, Davood Ghadami and Mollie King who have also been confirmed for the new series, while more celebrity contestants will be announced in due course.

Although some stars are yet to sign on the dotted line, one thing's for certain, there will be plenty of fireworks when the show returns this autumn as the judging panel and troupe of professionals have been given a huge shake up recently.

The forthcoming series will see legendary choreographer Shirley Ballas claim Len Goodman's Head Judge seat following his shock departure at the end of last year and, although the fellow panelists - Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli - are excited to have her on board, they're convinced she'll stand her ground.