Louise Redknapp joins Strictly Come Dancing line-up

Louise Redknapp
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TV presenter Louise Redknapp will join Ed Ball, Laura Whitmore, Will Young, Melvin Odoom and others on the new series of Strictly Come Daincing

Presenter and former pop star Louise Redknapp is the sixth celebrity contestant to be confirmed  for Strictly Come Dancing 2016.

Formerly a member of pop group Eternal, Louise said: “I've sung in front of crowds of thousands before but the idea of stepping out onto that famous dance floor with a world class professional dancer gives me butterflies just thinking about it! I’m a big fan of the show and am definitely going to go out there and give it 100 per cent as I want to make my boys proud."

Louise, who is married to former England football star Jamie Redknapp, confirmed she'd be dancing on Strictly on Steve Wright in the Afternoon on BBC Radio 2.

Eternal were the first all-girl group to sell over a million albums in the UK and were the top-selling girl band of the 90s. Louise left the group and went solo in 1995 and her first album, Naked, produced five hits and sold over a million copies. She released a further four albums over the next few years before a final UK tour.

After that, Louise reinvented herself as a TV presenter, hosting The Clothes Show in 2006, co-hosting Something For the Weekend from 2010 to 2012 and making The Truth About Size Zero for the ITV documentary.

She will join Laura Whitmore, Melvin Odoom, Ed Ball, Will Young and Ore Oduba on the new series of Strictly.


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