First celebrity contestants announced for Strictly Come Dancing 2021

McFly star Tom Fletcher is the first celebrity contestant confirmed for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

The author and musician, 36, will be taking to the dance floor in the upcoming BBC One series and will be joined in the celebrity line-up by comedian and actor Robert Webb and TV presenter AJ Odudu.

News of the trio joining Strictly was announced during BBC’s The One Show on Wednesday night.

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Tom with wife Giovanna Fletcher, who won last year’s I’m A Celebrity (PA)

Fletcher, author of the children’s book The Christmasaurus, said: “I think the fact that I’m actually going to be dancing on Strictly this year has only just started to sink in while I’m writing this! I’m incredibly excited, of course, but also totally terrified!

“My kids were excited too until I started showing them my best dad-dancing in the kitchen. I’m not sure how far they’ll get me in the competition but I can’t wait to add some new moves to my embarrassing dad-dancing repertoire.”

The musician rose to fame as the lead singer of McFly alongside Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd. The band formed in 2003 and are known for songs including Obviously, All About You and Five Colours In Her Hair.

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McFly (from left) Dougie Poynter, Danny Jones, Harry Judd and Tom Fletcher (Ian West/PA)

In 2020 they released their sixth studio album Young Dumb Thrills and Fletcher will be following in the dance steps of his bandmate, McFly drummer Judd, who won Strictly in 2011 with professional dancer Aliona Vilani.

Fletcher is married to author and podcast host Giovanna Fletcher, who won last year’s series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and they have three sons named Buzz, Buddy and Max.

Peep Show star Webb, 48, said he is “ludicrously excited” to be taking part in Strictly.

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Robert Webb is best known for Peep Show (PA)

He said: “It’s a big, generous, joyful show and I can’t wait to get packed into a spandex onesie and fired from a glitter cannon directly at Claudia Winkleman. At least I think that’s what happens.

“My goal is to try and survive from week to week without causing serious injury to myself or innocent bystanders. I know it’s going to be a challenge.

“To do well in this competition is a test of character, although mainly it’s a test of dancing.”

The TV, film and theatre actor is best known as the unemployed musician Jez in Channel 4 comedy Peep Show, starring alongside David Mitchell. His other TV credits include That Mitchell and Webb Look and Channel 4 comedy-drama Back.

However, Webb does have previous form for winning a TV dancing show, after squeezing into a leotard, leg warmers and curly wig for Let’s Dance For Comic Relief in 2009, where he was voted series champion with his rendition of What A Feeling from the 1980s film Flashdance.

The TV Bafta winner underwent major heart surgery last year after discovering in 2019 that he was suffering from a heart murmur caused by a mitral valve prolapse.

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AJ Odudu at the Virgin Media Bafta TV awards (PA)

Announced as the third contestant for Strictly, TV presenter Odudu, 33, said: “I am beyond chuffed that I am going to be on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing and I’m so glad I can finally tell my mum.

“Her face will be a picture, she’s going to be over the moon! I absolutely love the show and am fully committed to making the most of every second of the Strictly experience. Bring it on!”

She has presented TV shows including The Voice, The Voice Kids, Big Brother’s Bit On The Side, Don’t Rock The Boat and Apocalypse Wow.

Odudu also took part in Channel 4’s Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins in aid of charity Stand Up To Cancer in 2019 and is a contestant on ITV’s Cooking With The Stars.

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This year’s Strictly Come Dancing series will see professional dancer Anton Du Beke join the judging panel in the place of Bruno Tonioli, and will also feature four new professional dancers to put the celebrities through their paces.

The official broadcast date is yet to be announced.