TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher and athlete Iwan Thomas complete the line-up for this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Their participation was confirmed on today’s edition of The One Show (27 August) when they joined presenters Alex Jones and Adil Ray in the studio to discuss taking part.
“I’ve always been a huge fan of Strictly so am very excited to be taking part in the show this year. Sport and fitness have always been a big part of my life but dancing is an entirely new challenge for me! I can’t wait to get started!” – Kirsty Gallacher
Kirsty is one of the UK’s most respected and versatile sports broadcasters. She has enjoyed a long and successful career at Sky Sports News, and currently anchors their popular afternoon slot. Kirsty has also hosted a number of entertainment shows for various broadcasters including a segment on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway for ITV, a co-presenter role on Sky One’s Gladiators alongside Ian Wright, and The Games on Channel 4.
“I’m extremely excited and scared at the thought of taking part in Strictly. I love watching the show and I can’t believe I’m swapping my running spikes for dancing shoes. I used to be quick at running around the track and I’m just hoping my dance partner doesn’t leave me behind.” – Iwan Thomas
Iwan’s athletics breakthrough came at the World Junior Championships in 1992, as part of the British 4x400m relay team, in which they won 5th place. In 1993, he attended West London Institute of Higher Education, studying Sports Science and Geography where he managed to juggle his studies and training which paid off as in 1994 he took part in the Commonwealth Games 400 metres, setting a Welsh Record where he reached the semi-finals. Iwan now presents features on The One Show and Moto GP Tonight on BT Sports.
The pair join Helen George, Jamelia, Anita Rani, Jay McGuiness, Anthony Ogogo, Daniel O’Donnell, Peter Andre, Carol Kirkwood, Katie Derham, Georgia May Foote, Kellie Bright, Ainsley Harriott and Jeremy Vine in the line-up.
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One next month.