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Gay showbiz reporter Richard Arnold joins Strictly Come Dancing

Full line-up confirmed for new series of Britain's hit TV show, including Olympic athletes, actors and pop stars

Gay showbiz reporter Richard Arnold joins Strictly Come Dancing

Gay showbiz reporter Richard Arnold will be swapping the glitz and glamor of the red carpet for the sequins and scrutiny of the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom.

The journalist who made his name on GMTV will join the British talent show’s star-studded line-up, which includes Olympic athletes Victoria Pendleton and Louis Smith, Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh, veteran TV presenter Johnny Ball and Westlife’s Nicky Byrne.

Singer Denise Van Outen, ex-EastEnder actor Sid Owen, This Morning host Fern Britton and cricketer Michael Vaughan will also be hoping to wow the judges with their quick-step and tango when the hit show returns to BBC One this fall.

Mick Jagger’s ex-wife Jerry Hall will also be burning up the dancefloor along with actors Lisa Riley, Colin Salmon and Dani Harmer.

Since leaving the GMTV sofa in 2010, Richard has hosted Soap Challenge, Loose Lips and The Planet’s Funniest Animals. In June 2012, he returned to early mornings as showbiz editor on Daybreak.

Arnold told BBC that his dream dance partner would be Tudor royal Queen Elizabeth I and joked that he is only on the show to ‘drop a dress size before Christmas’.

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