Strictly confirms third in 2022 line-up as presenter Richie Anderson joins show

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Strictly Come Dancing has confirmed its third star for 2022 as Richie Anderson.

The One Show presenter joins the likes of Kym Marsh and Will Mellor who were announced yesterday (July 4).

The show will return to BBC One and BBC iPlayer for its 20th series this autumn.

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Talking about the opportunity, Richie said: “This is a dream come true. I cannot wait to get in those sparkles and sequins and shimmy across the most famous dance floor in the world.

"Strictly is the ultimate feel-good show, as soon as I hear that iconic theme tune it’s just pure escapism.

"I’m going to have to cancel my legendary Strictly launch night kitchen party that I throw every year, I’m sure my friends and family will understand.

"It’s also a massive honour to be part of an all-male dance partnership, it’s so important we have that inclusion on such a huge show.”

The star is an RTS award-winning presenter and is best known for his well-established role on BBC Radio 2’s Breakfast Show.

The talented broadcaster often presents the travel bulletins as well as hosting a diverse and wide variety of his own shows.

In May, he covered the Eurovision Song Contest for the station and travelled to Turin for the occasion.

He is also often spotted as a regular presenter on The One Show and often gallivants across the UK for their coverage.

Soap star Kym is also joining Richie on the show, and said: "I’ve considered doing Strictly for years but the timings never worked out.

"I'm so delighted that this year they have!

She added: "I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m going to go from watching at home in my pyjamas to actually dancing in front of the judges in a glittery dress, it’s unreal!"


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