Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Actor Will Mellor is the FIRST star confirmed for the new series and reveals he’s joining the show for his mother after a ‘tough few years’
The first celebrity for Strictly Come Dancing 2022 has been announced, with actor Will Mellor joining the lineup.
The Coronation Street and Two Pints Of Lager and A Packet Of Crisps star, was unveiled as the first star on Thursday’s BBC Breakfast, and said he’s signed up to bring some joy to his mother after a ‘tough time’ for his family.
He said: ‘I’m honestly so chuffed to be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this year!
At last! The first celebrity for Strictly Come Dancing 2022 has been announced, with actor Will Mellor joining the lineup
‘Not going to lie, it’s totally out of my comfort zone and I know it will be a huge challenge but that’s what life is all about.
‘This is also my Mum’s favourite show and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing this is for her as well. Bring it on!’
Return: It comes after the launch date for this year’s Strictly was revealed as Wednesday September 7 (Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly pictured)
It comes after the launch date for this year’s Strictly was revealed as Wednesday September 7, when the series will film a pre-recorded launch show which sees this year’s celebrity contestants paired up with their professional partners.
Strictly bosses released a statement confirming the date while inviting fans to apply for tickets.
They wrote: ‘Dust off your dancing shoes, Strictly Come Dancing is back!
‘The stunning 20th series returns, bringing glamour and show-stopping dancing back to Saturday nights on BBC One – and we’re extremely excited to be able to welcome an audience back to the studio for this year’s shows.
‘Hosted by the very talented and glamorous Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, the show will once again come live from Elstree Film and Television Studios.
‘Registration is now open to be part of the exciting Launch Show, which is recording in advance of this year’s live shows on Wednesday, September 7.’
Show: The series will film a pre-recorded launch show on this date, meaning viewers will likely see the celebrity contestants paired up with their partners the weekend of September 10 (L-R Shirley Ballas, Anton Du Beke, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse)
To mark the BBC’s 100th anniversary, the professional dancers will be putting on a special group routine like they have never done before.
In another statement, Strictly bosses said fans can enter a draw to watch a recording of the special performance take place on August 24.
They said: ‘Strictly Come Dancing is celebrating 100 years of the BBC! The professional dancers will be throwing a party like only they know how, with a group number full of all the usual sparkle and glamour.
‘There may well be a surprise or two as well, with special guests and fun tributes to some of your favourite BBC shows.’
Show: To mark the BBC’s 100th anniversary, the professional dancers will be putting on a special group routine like they have never done before