Strictly Come Dancing 2017 line up: Aston Merrygold CONFIRMED!

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The eight celeb contestant on the Strictly Come Dancing 2017 line up has been confirmed this afternoon.

And it's none other than JLS singer and former X Factor finalist Aston Merrygold.


Aston said: “I’m so happy to be joining Strictly 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!”

Aston Merrygold is a singer and songwriter, best-known for being a member of the successful British band JLS.

The band sold over ten million records worldwide, had five number one hits, a four-time platinum album, won a MOBO award; and even starred in their very own film: JLS - Eyes Wide Open.


Aston is the latest name on the confirmed line up, with TV host Simon Rimmer, best-known for being the chef and co-presenter on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, joining the series yesterday.

Simon and Aston join actor Joe McFadden, best-known for playing the role of Raffaello ‘Raf’ di Lucca in BBC One’s medical drama, Holby City, as confirmed contestants on the series.

Last Monday, The Saturdays' singer Mollie King became the very first name officially confirmed for the Strictly Come Dancing 2017 cast. Mollie said: “I'm a huge fan of Strictly Come Dancing so I can't actually believe I'm lucky enough to be taking part in it this year!"


Actor Davood Ghadami became the next name to be revealed on the Strictly line up by the BBC. Best known for his role as Kush Kazemi in EastEnders, Davood said, “Having the opportunity to take part in this year’s Strictly is such an honour. "

On Wednesday, host of ITV's This Morning and regular Loose Women panellist Ruth Langsford became the third name to be announced for the show while Thursday saw Actress Gemma Atkinson confirmed.

Alongside those officially announced, rumoured celebs for the new series include comic Brian Conley, Dame Joan Collins, Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins, Gogglebox stars Steph and Dom Parker, Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock and footballer Frank Lampard.

strictly come dancing 2017 line up conf
strictly come dancing 2017 line up

There's also X Factor winner Alexandra Burke, Paralympian Ellie Simmonds, Robot Wars host Angela Scanlon, Bros singer Matt Goss, comic Joel Dommett and marathon runner Paula Radcliffe.


Stick with us for the latest Strictly cast announcements!

Strictly Come Dancing will start on BBC One in September.

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