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Emma Barton, Chris Ramsey and David James MBE are first Strictly Come Dancing 2019 celebs

The countdown to the new series has started!

Emma Barton
Credit: BBC

The One Show revealed the first three celebs for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing live on tonight’s show.

EastEnders star Emma Barton, comedian Chris Ramsey and former England No.1 goalkeeper David James MBE will all be participating in this year’s series.

Emma said: “As possibly one of the biggest Strictly fans on the planet, I still can’t believe this is happening. I’m very much a dance around your handbag kinda girl, but now I’ve been given this wonderful opportunity to learn all the different styles of dancing from the very best in the business. So, I’m whipping off Honey’s “Minute Mart” tabard & diving right in to all the glitter & sparkle. From Albert Square to the Strictly dance floor – I just can’t wait!”

Chris said: “I’m both excited and absolutely terrified to be doing the show. You will not find me on the dance floor at parties, you will find me at the buffet table. All night. At my wedding I danced with my wife; that one song took about 6 months practice, and I definitely stood on her feet a couple of times. So I’m looking forward to the possibility of making a fool of myself in front of millions of people… there better be a buffet after the live shows.”

David said: “I’m really excited to be on Strictly this year. Not just competing against this year’s stars, but being compared to previous sport stars from previous Strictly seasons. I have some big shoes to fill, #LetsGetLive”

More celebrities will be unveiled over the coming days so keep checking back for all the latest Strictly news. The show returns to BBC One this autumn.

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