Faye Tozer is ready to learn some new Steps for Strictly Come Dancing

From Boldon to the ballroom - Steps star Faye Tozer has been confirmed as one of this year's Strictly Come Dancing celebrity contestants.

Tuesday, 14th August 2018, 7:57 am
Updated Tuesday, 14th August 2018, 8:03 am
Faye Tozer has been confirmed as one of the stars for this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

The singer, who lives with her family in the South Tyneside village, was unveiled alongside Red Dwarf actor Danny John-Jules as the second and third contestants for the new series of the BBC One prime time show.

The pair appeared on The One Show to announce that they had signed up for the BBC programme.

Faye Tozer as the Good Fairy in the Sunderland Empire's 2016 panto Sleeping Beauty.

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Both were stood behind a screen before presenters Alex Jones and Matt Baker revealed their identities.

The pair join Katie Piper, who was the first celebrity revealed to be hitting the dancefloor.

Faye, 42, who played the Good Fairy in the Sunderland Empire's 2016 panto Sleeping Beauty, said she was relieved that the secret was out, saying: "I've lied to so many people!"

She said she was looking forward to the glitz and glamour.

Lisa Scott-Lee, Faye Tozer, Ian Watkins, Lee Latchford-Evans and Claire Richards, pictured arriving at Earls Court in March 2000 for the Brit Awards.

"I am all about the costumes," she said.

"The huge hair, the make-up, the themed nights!"

Discussing her previous dance experience, Faye said a few of this year's contestants were not new to dancing.

"It's what makes it an interesting competition," she said.

Faye Tozer, Lee Latchford-Evans, Claire Richards, Ian "H" Watkins and Lisa Scott-Lee, pictured as they announced their new album, single and tour last year.

Danny, 57, confessed to feeling daunted when he saw that Faye was also in the running for the Glitterball trophy, saying the competition was "already nerve-wracking".

But the actor, a keen motorcyclist, said he was excited about getting started.

"Having spent the last few months on two wheels motorcycling around South America in pink leathers, I'm absolutely delighted to be getting back on two feet and into something more comfortable like glittery spandex," he said.

The identity of the remaining contestants on this year's series of the dancing competition will be revealed over the coming days.

Other stars tipped to be donning their dancing shoes for the show this year include Pussycat Dolls singer Ashley Roberts and radio host Vick Hope.

The new series, believed to be starting in early September, will see presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman return, along with judges Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli, Dame Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood.

At the end of July, the dancers for this year's series, including Anton Du Beke, Oti Mabuse, Pasha Kovalev and Karen Clifton, started work in the dance studio.

Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One in the autumn.