BBC broadcaster Richard Coles has been confirmed as one of the participants in the upcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing. He’s the fifth celebrity confirmed for the 2017 line-up.
The gay vicar and musician enjoyed chart success in the 80s when he formed the band The Communards with former Bronski Beat singer Jimmy Sommerville. Their hits included ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ and ‘There’s More to Love Than Boy Meets Girl’.
After the band split, Coles went on to study theology and trained to become a priest with the Church of England. He has continued a sideline broadcasting career, hosting Radio 4’s Saturday Live and BBC’s The Big Painting Challenge alongside Mariella Frostrup.
‘It’s obvious to anyone who knows me that a major dance talent was waiting to be discovered’
His participation on Strictly was announced this morning on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Radio Two.
Confirming his participation, he told Evans – jokingly – ‘It was an easy decision to make. It’s obvious to anyone who knows me that a major dance talent was waiting to be discovered, I just wonder why it took them so long, frankly…’
Other names confirmed to participate in one of the BBC’s most high-rated TV shows include Gemma Atkinson (from Hollyoaks), Davood Ghadami (EastEnders), Mollie King (The Saturdays) and Ruth Langsford (This Morning).
The series will air in the fall.