Ellie Simmonds announced for Strictly

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Ellie Simmonds OBE has been announced as the latest contestant for this years’ Strictly Come Dancing 2022 season which takes to the dancefloor in the Autumn.

The retired paralympian joins Will Mellor, Richie Anderson, Kym Marsh, Jade Adams and Kaye Adams who have all been previously announced for the popular BBC show.

Simmonds, who was born with dwarfism, said: “Oh my gosh!! I’m literally bursting with excitement!!” Simmons said in a release.

“It’s been soooo hard keeping this secret as I’ve wanted to tell everyone. I’m going on Strictly Come Dancing!! I’m a tad nervous too, well more than a tad… I’m absolutely petrified!“To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to so much fun. I’m counting down the minutes until it starts; learning to dance, meeting my partner and everyone else involved in the show. Plus wearing the sequins and all that, it’s going to be a blast.“I’ve been watching Strictly from as far back as I can remember; it’s a traditional lead up to Christmas with my family and it’s a genuine privilege to be part of it.”

Strictly Come Dancing starts in September on BBC One.