TV presenter Dan Walker will be taking to the dance floor in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing, it has been announced.

The Crawley-born BBC star has been revealed as part of the celebrity cast for the latest series of the popular dancing competition.

It was revealed in a tweet from the official Strictly Come Dancing account saying: "Dan Walker? More like Dan Waltzer.

"We cannot wait to see Dan Walker swap BBC Breakfast for the Strictly ballroom."

In April, the 44-year-old told people that he would be stepping down from hosting Football Focus, a show he had worked on for 12 years.

He has since worked on BBC Sport's coverage of Euro 2020 as well as hosting BBC Olympic Breakfast throughout this year's games.

The TV presenter added: "I am definitely excited, a little bit worried, mostly terrified, and a small part of me is considering going into hiding.

"My kids have only ever asked me to go on two shows Saturday Mash Up and Strictly.

"I did Saturday Mash Up this summer, so it is time to embrace the sequins.

Louise Minchin, Dan Walker's BBC Breakfast co-host was taken by surprise with the announcement.

She tweeted: "What a rascal, I cannot believe Dan Walker kept this from me.

"Good luck Dan, I will be watching."

Soap star Kate McGlynn, who is best known for playing Sinead Tinker in Coronation Street, for which she was nominated for a Bafta, has also been announced for the show.

She said: "It has been so hard keeping it a secret, but I can finally say that I'm getting ready to shake my shimmy and become part of the Strictly family.

"I'm really not a dancer, but I'm so excited to learn a new skill on this crazy journey and cannot wait to slip into some sequins along the way.

"I can't promise that I'll be the best, but I'm going to give it 110 per cent on the dance floor.

"As long as I don't fall over I'll be happy."

Other cast members include business woman Sara Davies from Dragon's Den, children's TV presenter Rhys Stephenson, presenter AJ Odudu.

Peep Show's Robert Webb, McFly star Tom Fletcher and Bake Off winner John Whaite will also be performing.

The celebrities will be paired with professional dancers, who will teach them how to do a different ballroom dance every week.

The contestants will have to perform a variety of dances, including the Waltz, the Cha Cha, Quickstep, Rumba, Tango, Jive, Foxtrot, Paso Doble and Samba.

Last year's winner was Bill Bailey. The comedian stunned viewers with his high-quality performances alongside professional Oti Mabuse.

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