Strictly announce Will Mellor as first star signed up for 2022 series | The Sun

ACTOR Will Mellor has been unveiled as the first Strictly Come Dancing star of 2022.

The cheeky chappy, who's best known for his roles in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and Coronation Street, was announced this morning.

He said: "I'm honestly so chuffed to be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this year!

"Not going to lie, it's totally out of my comfort zone and I know it will be a huge challenge but that's what life is all about.

"This is also my Mum's favourite show and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing this is for her as well. Bring it on!”

The official Strictly account also tweeted: "Welcome Will Mellor! Our very first celebrity of #Strictly 2022!"

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Fans loved the unveiling and declared: "It's back."

Will's introduction comes hot on the heels of a new look professional roster.

Italian stallion Vito Coppola, Latin dancer Michelle Tsiakkas, Carlos Gu and Lauren Oakley take the number of pors to 20.

And Will, 46, won't be the only soap star on the dance floor this year.

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Yesterday the Sun exclusively revealed ex-Corrie star Kym Marsh, 46, has signed for the show.

BBC sources are thrilled to have finally persuaded her to come on board.

One source said: “We have been keen to sign Kym for a while and approached her many times in the past but it has never worked out.

“When we approached her this year she was interested, which was very exciting for us.

“As well as her presenting work, she is filming for Waterloo Road at the end of the year, so she had to consider it carefully.

“But, thankfully, she has come back with a yes and everyone is thrilled she is going to be joining this year’s celebrities.

“It is a massive coup for us and Kym will be a stellar addition to the cast.”

Mum-of-four Kym rose to fame with pop group Hear’Say in 2001.

She went on to play Michelle Connor on the Corrie cobbles for 13 years.

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Since leaving in 2019 she has presented BBC Morning Live alongside Gethin Jones.

In June last year, she married army major Scott Ratcliff.

And in February, BBC bosses confirmed she was joining school drama Waterloo Road as mum-of-two Nicky Walters.

A BBC spokeswoman declined to comment.

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