Strictly Come Dancing 2017 line up: Final celebrity contestants revealed

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The final celebrity contestants have been confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2017.

The first is Debbie McGee, TV personality, presenter and the widow of magician Paul Daniels.


Debbie achieved national and international fame through television appearances with Paul and appeared alongside him in the BBC One series The Paul Daniels Magic Show. Paul was also a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in series 8, lasting the two weeks.

Debbie said: “There are no words to describe how I feel about performing on Strictly Come Dancing.

"The excitement is overwhelming. I can’t stop smiling. It’s been the hardest secret I have ever had to keep!”

Debbie McGee
Debbie McGee, TV personality, presenter and the widow of magician Paul Daniels.

The second of the final three celebs is Jonnie Peacock, a double Paralympic, World and European T44 100m Champion. He sensationally won his first Paralympic Gold medal in London 2012 in front of 80,000 people.

Jonnie went on to win every major event that he’s entered, including the 2016 Paralympic Games and the 2017 World Championships in London this summer.

Jonnie said: “The opportunity to be the first contestant with a disability to take part in Strictly’s main show was too good to turn down. I’ve got no previous dance history outside of the occasional ‘worm’ at a mate’s party and I know this will be a challenge and a new experience.


"I can’t wait to see what I can achieve and how far I can push myself.”

The final celeb is X Factor winner turned West End star Alexandra Burke.

Alexandra said: “I am so excited to be joining this year’s Strictly cast! I love this show and have followed it from the beginning, so being able to be a part of it is just a dream come true for me - I still can’t believe it!

"I am very nervous as I am a singer not a dancer, but I am going to give this my absolute everything and try my best to make everyone proud.”

The trio are the final of 15 celebs on this year's line up.

X Factor winner and West End singer Alexandra Burke
X Factor winner and West End singer Alexandra Burke

They join Holby City actress Chizzy Akudolu, Good Morning TV presenter Charlotte Hawkins, comic Brian Conley, comic Susan Calman, JLS singer Aston Merrygold, TV Chef Simon Rimmer, actor Joe McFadden, Reverend Richard Coles and actress Gemma Atkinson on the confirmed Strictly Come Dancing line up.


This Morning host Ruth Langsford, actor Davood Ghadami and The Saturdays' singer Mollie King have also been confirmed for the new series.

Strictly Come Dancing will start on BBC One in September.

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