Television and radio presenter Anita Rani has been confirmed as a contestant on the new series of hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing.
Rani is set to take part in the 13th series of Strictly, which will begin on BBC 1 next month.
Announcing the news during the One Show on Monday (23), the 37-year-old star said: “So many elements of Strictly terrify me but I shall try and think #BeyonceAlwaysOnBeat as I hit the dance floor.
“I’m so excited to indulge that fantasy and hopefully learn some mean moves in the process. Let’s get our groove on!”
Rani, who has fronted a number of shows for broadcasters including the BBC, Sky, Channel 4 and Channel 5, presented Watchdog alongside Anne Robinson in 2009, and had her own show on the BBC Asian Network.
She added that her mother was big fan of Strictly and was happy to be able to make her proud.
“When my mum first came from India to the UK, she would watch the original series of Strictly (called Come Dancing) and would dream of dancing and wearing those gorgeous dresses.
“Now I’m able to realise her dream.That makes me feel amazing. My mum devoted her life to me and my brother and it’s great to be able to do things to make her proud.”
Rani will join Jeremy Vine, Ainsley Harriott, Kellie Bright, Jay McGuiness, Georgia May Foote, Katie Derham, Carol Kirkwood, Peter Andre, Daniel O’Donnell and Anthony Ogogo on the programme.
Sunetra Sarker was one of the final seven celebrities on last season’s show before she was knocked out in week 10 of the show. The 41-year-old Casualty actress and her professional partner Brendan Cole were voted out of the dance show after the judges chose to save former Towie star Mark Wright and his partner Karen Hauer.