Will Mellor to join Strictly Come Dancing 2022

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Will Mellor is the first celebrity contestant confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2022

BBC Studios has announced the return of multi-award-winning entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing, with the first contestant now being announced.

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The show, which will return for its 20th series on BBC One and BBC iPlayer this autumn, has confirmed its first celebrity contestant – Will Mellor.

But who is Will Mellor and what has he said about participating in Strictly?

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Here’s what you need to know.

Who is Will Mellor?

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Will Will Mellor is the first celebrity contestant confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2022

Will Mellor, 46, is from Bredbury in Greater Manchester. He is an actor, singer and model best known for his roles as Jambo Bolton (Hollyoaks), DC Spike Tanner (No Offence) and Steve Connolly (Broadchurch).

Soap fans will also recognize him as Harvey Gaskell on Coronation Street, a role he landed in 2021.

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He has also appeared as Knight Valiant (Merlin), Rick (Death in Paradise), and PC Rod Kennedy (Line of Duty).

As a singer, Mellow released a 1998 cover of Leo Sayer’s “When I Need You” – which reached #5 on the UK Singles Chart, and a follow-up single called “No Matter What I Do” – which reached #23.

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Strictly speaking it won’t be his first time entering a BBC competition as Mellor attended Comic Relief Does Fame Academy in 2003 and won the competition.

He recently toured the UK with a live version of the podcast called Two Pints ​​with Will and Ralf, which he hosts with Ralf Little (Death in Paradise star).

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Is Will Mellor Married?

Mellor married dancer Michelle McSween in 2007 after meeting while they starred together in the 1999 stage musical Oh, What A Night.

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Together the couple have two children.

What has Will Mellor said about his role on Strictly Come Dancing?

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The news of Mellor joining the cast was announced on BBC Breakfast on BBC One this morning (Thursday 4 August).

Speaking of the show, Mellor said: “I’m honestly so excited to be attending Strictly Come Dancing this year! I won’t lie, it’s totally out of my comfort zone and I know it’s going to be a big challenge, but that’s what life is about. It’s my mom’s favorite show too and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing it for her too. Bring it on!”

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Have the other candidates been revealed?

So far, Will Mellor is the first contestant to be revealed for the show’s 20th series, but the remaining celebrity contestants to join the series will be “announced in due course.”

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Who are the judges on Strictly Come Dancing?

Back on the jury are Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Head Judge Shirley Ballas. Former strictly professional dancer Anton Du Beke joins the jury this year after a successful stint as a judge for the 2021 series.

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Craig Revel Horwood said: “I’m so excited to be back on Strictly, I can’t believe it’s going to be my 20th series! This is going to be fabulous!”

Motsi Mabuse said: “Last year’s series of Strictly was one of the highlights of my career, it had such a real impact it was incredible to watch. I’m so proud to be a part of this show and I’m really looking forward to returning for my fourth series!”

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Shirley Ballas said: “Being a judge on Strictly is such a joy and honor for me and I can’t wait to be back in the studio and waving my racquet. Every year the wonderful production team outdo themselves and I know they have some brilliant plans in store for 2022. I am really looking forward to getting started.”

Anton Du Beke said: “Woohooo! This is BRILLIANT news. Everyone knows how much I absolutely love the show and I’m delighted to continue as a regular judge. And I can go back to the final – now I know how Giovanni feels!”

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