IT MAY only be the summer, but already Strictly Come Dancing bosses are starting to release the 2022 line-up.
So far, eight names have been revealed for season 20 of Strictly, with more expected soon.
Who is in the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 cast?
Matt Goss is taking to the dancefloor for StrictlyCredit: PA
Fans of 80s boyband Bros were thrilled when it was announced Matt Goss would be taking part in Strictly.
Matt, who has been living in America for 25 years while headlining his Las Vegas show, told This Morning: “I’ve been almost reclusive, I come and work and then go back to America. I thought, it’s time for me to come home and get out of my own way in a way.
“And do something completely out of my comfort zone. I’m quite shy off stage so I’ll have to face all those demons and learn.”
Matt continued, explaining how he needs to learn how to dance: “Somebody’s going to have to teach me, I have to learn.
“When I do my songs I move obviously but you don’t really know what you’re doing. To be judged on this show is actually exciting to me. I’ve got butterflies for the first time in three decades.”
DJ Tyler West joins line upCredit: PA
Tyler West is best known for hosting weekday afternoons on KISS FM – a role in which he was nominated for a prestigious ARIA for Best New Presenter in 2020.
In 2021, he launched his first BBC Three series, co-hosting Flat out Fabulous as well as becoming the host of The MTV Movie Show.
“It’s going to be one crazy incredible journey which will no doubt be SO far outside my comfort zone.”
He continued: “It’s a show that means so much to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously shake a leg on that shiny dance floor… with a side of sequins.”
Paralympic swimming gold medallist Ellie Simmonds is taking part in StrictlyCredit: PA
She was just 13 when she won gold medals in Beijing in 2008 and became the youngest ever recipient of an MBE a year later.
She went on to win nine titles and 15 more medals before retiring after the 2020 Tokyo games.
Ellie was awarded an OBE in 2013 and fronted the BBC documentary Ellie Simmonds: A World Without Dwarfism?
Disabled celebs have appeared on the show before, but Ellie will be the first star with dwarfism.
Ellie said: “I’ve been watching Strictly from as far back as I can remember; it’s a traditional lead up to Christmas with my family and it’s a genuine privilege to be part of it.”
Jayde Adams has singed up for StrcitlyCredit: PA
Jayde, who is an Emmy nominated comedian from Bristol, has appeared on 8 Out Of 10 Cats, House Of Games and hosts show Snackmasters. She also hosts Crazy Delicious on Netflix.
She is the winner of the 2014 Funny Women award and 2016 nominee for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.
The star said she was thrilled to be picked for a spot on the popular BBC One show and is buzzing to get her dancing shoes on.
She said: “I cannot tell you how much this means to me, I’ve watched this show since 2004, there was a brief hiatus in 2011 when I moved to London and was gigging every Saturday and couldn’t watch the show.
“But I love the show and I’m just thrilled to get in there and whoever they give me, I don’t mind.
“If I get kicked out in that first week, I will know that I got on Strictly and for me that’s enough.”
Kaye Adams has joined the Strictly line upCredit: PA
Kaye said she signed up for the dance competition as she wants the last year of her 50s to be “memorable”.
She also confessed that she is “absolutely terrified” and admitted she “can’t dance at all”.
However, Kaye said she wants to embrace the opportunity, adding: “I can’t make much (more) of a fool of myself any more than I am.”
Aside from Loose Women, Adams also hosts a morning show on BBC Radio Scotland.
She was previously a panellist on Channel 5’s morning show The Wright Stuff.
Presenter Richie Anderson is taking part in StrictlyCredit: BBC
He is a former Sunday League footballer who played for Coombs Wood F.C.
He was also part of BBC1’s presenting team for coverage of the Platinum Jubilee’s Party at the Palace.
On August 5, 2022, it was announced that Richie would be taking part in Strictly 2022.
Speaking to the BBC he said: “I don’t know anything at the moment, but I can confirm that I will be doing the all male partnership, which is just so amazing.”
Kym Marsh is swapping acting for dancing by taking part in StrictlyCredit: PA
The actress – who shot to fame in noughties pop band Hear’Say – is excited to throw herself into learning the different styles of dance.
“I’m so delighted that this year they have!”
Kym added: “I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m going to go from watching at home in my pyjamas to actually dancing in front of the judges in a glittery dress, it’s unreal!”
Will Mellor was the first star to be revealedCredit: PA
Actor Will Mellor was the first Strictly Come Dancing star to be revealed.
“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!”
Who is rumoured to be taking part?
Strictly bosses hope to sign Steph McGovernCredit: Getty
Strictly bosses are keen to sign Steph McGovern.
The Sun revealed how they hope it will be third time lucky, as they have asked the presenter of Channel 4’s Packed Lunch twice before, only to be turned down.
A TV insider said: “Steph has the personality and profile which makes her a perfect choice in the eyes of Strictly producers.
“They completely understood why she’s had to say no in the past. She was just establishing Packed Lunch on Channel 4 and wanted to give that her complete attention.
“But now it is a firm fixture in the schedules. It was nominated for a Bafta earlier this year and only last month it was announced it had been recommissioned and will run into 2023.”
Tony Adams is being lined up for the next series of Strictly Come DancingCredit: Getty
The Sun revealed how England soccer legend Tony “Donkey” Adams is being lined up for Strictly Come Dancing.
The ex-Arsenal skipper, 55, who also captained his country, was known for his no-nonsense approach to defending — but not so much for his elegance.
Strictly bosses want former Liverpool goalie Bruce Grobbelaar to appear on the showCredit: WENN
The 64-year-old Zimbabwean with “spaghetti legs” is at the top of the BBC show’s list and bosses have already met him via online video call.
A source said: “Bosses are determined to get Grobbelaar to sign on the dotted line.
“Even getting him to agree to a meeting was a mission but so far he’s dragging his heels.
“He’s made it clear the only way he will sign up is if they agree a big money package.
“Producers are willing to splash out to get him but have a limit as to how much they can spend.”
Helen Skelton has been in Strictly bosses sights ever since she impressed on the 2012 festive specialCredit: Shutterstock
We revealed how Helen Skelton is one of the top targets for bosses on Strictly Come Dancing.
An insider said: “Helen has been on the Strictly wishlist since she did the Christmas special but the timing has never been quite right for her to sign up.
“She relocated to France in 2015 for three years while Richie was playing there and has also taken time out for her three pregnancies.
All the previous winners of Strictly Come Dancing
“There was also the suggestion that Richie wasn’t sure about her taking part.
“But this year, the bosses feel the situation might be different.”
The Sun reported that Adam Thomas could be a Strictly star
The Sun exclusively revealed how Adam Thomas could be heading for the Strictly dance floor.
A source said: “Adam has got what it takes to win and is already practising his moves. And he’s got a big female fanbase.”
After leaving the ITV soap in 2018, Adam was announced as a host on I’m A Celeb’s spin-off show Extra Camp in 2019.
He also opened a restaurant and bar called The Spinn, in Stockport, in 2019.
When is Strictly 2022 on TV?
The Sun revealed how the pre-recorded launch show will be filmed on September 7, 2022.
And fans can apply for tickets to watch the show.
The live shows are then likely to kick off either late September or early October – but this hasn’t been confirmed.