Rev Richard Coles to join Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing 2017

The Reverend Richard Coles is a surprising addition to the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

The pop star-turned-vicar is the fifth name to be confirmed in the line-up for the 15th series, which starts in September.

The former Communards keyboard player told BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans Breakfast Show: "A major dance talent was waiting to be discovered. I just wonder what took them so long. I'm in it to win it, as they say."

Alongside Rev Coles will be pop star Mollie King, EastEnders actor Davood Ghadami, TV presenter Ruth Langsford and actress Gemma Atkinson.

As a member of The Communards with Jimmy Somervile, Rev Coles enjoyed chart success, with singles such as 'Don't Leave Me This Way'.

He is now vicar at St Mary's Church in Finedon, Northamptonshire, as well as host of BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live.

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