Kelvin Fletcher is ready to slip on some dancing shoes as he joins the Strictly 2019 family!

The actor is best known for playing Andy Sugden in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale from 1996 to 2016, but is now stepping into the Ballroom for a whole new challenge following Jamie Laing‘s departure earlier this week.

Made in Chelsea star Jamie unfortunately had to bow out of the competition early due to an injury, meaning his Pro partner Oti Mabuse will now be paired with Kelvin for the series.

Speaking about taking part in Strictly, Kelvin said: “Is this really happening?! It’s been the most surreal week of my life! I’m a massive fan of Strictly so it’s incredible.”

“I’m so happy that I can be a part of it, but at the same time it’s quite bittersweet! I’m coming in on the back of Jamie’s injury – I keep thinking about him! I can’t imagine going through all this excitement and then having to pull out. My thoughts are with him – he seems like a fantastic guy and I hope he’s doing OK.”

Kelvin will make his Strictly debut in the first live show on Saturday 21st September. 

Here are all of our official couples, starting with the ladies of 2019: Alex Scott MBE and Neil Jones, Anneka Rice and Kevin Clifton, Catherine Tyldesley and Johannes Radebe, Emma Barton and Anton Du Beke, Viscountess Emma Weymouth and Aljaž Škorjanec, Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice & Saffron Barker and AJ Pritchard

And for the gents, we have: Chris Ramsey and Karen Hauer, David James MBE and Nadiya Bychkova, Dev Griffin and Dianne Buswell, James Cracknell OBE and Luba Mushtuk, Karim Zeroaul and Amy Dowden, Mike Bushell and Katya Jones, Will Bayley MBE and Janette Manrara & Kelvin Fletcher (replacing Jamie Laing) and Oti Mabuse

Your Strictly judges this year are Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and new judge Motsi Mabuse. Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly return as hosts, while Zoe Ball is joined by Rylan Clark-Neal for It Takes Two

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You know her, you love her, and she won Best Pop at the 2018 MTV EMA! Pop superstar Dua Lipa will be joining the 2019 main show performer lineup along with some new faces to the MTV EMA: Seoul-based global pop powerhouse NCT 127.

But wait, there’s more!

Mexican pop superstar Sofia Reyes will also be returning to the MTV EMA, this time joined by Puerto Rican hitmaker Jhay Cortez and Brazilian drag queen, singer, and songwriter and 2019 Best Brasilian Act nominee Pabllo Vittar. These three artists will kick off the biggest global music celebration of the year with pre-show performances on the EMA red carpet!

On top of hearing from these amazing artists, actors Terry Crews and Paz Vega and supermodels Joan Smalls, Doutzen Kroes, Georgina Rodriguez and Leomie Anderson will make some very special appearances throughout show!

Dua Lipa and NCT 127 join previously announced performers Niall Horan, Halsey, Rosalía, EMA show host Becky G, Akon, Ava Max and Mabel. Iconic rock act Green Day, The Struts and León Benavente will also perform from Seville’s spectacular Plaza de España as a part of “MTV World Stage Seville.”


As exclusively revealed on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two this evening (Monday 28 October), EastEnders stars Ricky Champ, Louisa Lytton, Maisie Smith and Rudolph Walker OBE will be taking to the dancefloor alongside the Strictly professionals, as they go head to head to win the Pudsey Glitterball trophy for BBC Children in Need 2019.

Presented by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, the Strictly special will feature as part of the BBC Children in Need 2019 Appeal Night on BBC One on Friday 15 November.

Ricky Champ says: “I am so excited to be taking part in the Strictly Come Dancing EastEnders special. I’m looking forward to showing the world my moves. Bring it on!”

Louisa Lytton says: “It feels like a lifetime ago since I did Strictly Come Dancing so I am beyond excited to put my dancing shoes back on and return to the famous floor. It’s for a fantastic cause which makes it all the more special.”

Maisie Smith says: “I’m flattered to be part of such an iconic show! Strictly has been a family favourite in my house for years. I can’t wait to put my dancing skills to the test!”

Rudolph Walker OBE says: “I am thrilled to be taking part in this year’s competition and can’t wait to get started. Although at 80 years old, it’s probably best I don’t try to do the splits!”

Ricky will be dancing with Luba Mushtuk; Louisa will be dancing with Gorka Marquez; Maisie will take to the floor with Kevin Clifton and Rudolph will be partnered with Nancy Xu. The stars will compete in a group number, choreographed by former Strictly professional Trent Whiddon, in a bid to be crowned champions.