Strictly Come Dancing confirms Loose Women’s Judi Love as 14th contestant to join this year’s line-up
13th August 2021

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Judi Love has been announced as the latest contestant to join fan favourite BBC show Strictly Come Dancing this year.

The revelation was made on Loose Women, on which she's a panellist, as first Linda Robson, 63, appeared coming down from the ceiling, leaving everyone confused when she said: "It's not me! I don't even know who it is."

As the panellists all looked around, baffled at who it could be, Judi raised her suspicions it could be Nadia Sawalha, 56, as she said: "Nadia, I knew it was you! In my heart I wanted it to be you, but it's me!"

The 41 year old will be joining the likes of McFly star Tom Fletcher and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's daughter Tilly on the dance floor as they compete to win the coveted Glitter Ball trophy.

The news was also shared on the official BBC Strictly Instagram account, where they shared a stunning snap of the star.

"She's already besotted with our ballroom, and now she's going to be devoted to dance. Judi Love, your #Strictly infatuation starts here! @1judilove," they wrote in the caption.

Fans were delighted by the news as one person wrote: "OH YESSSS !!!" with three clapping hands emojis.

It comes after Rose Ayling-Ellis was recently announced as the first deaf person to ever to join the show.

The 26 year old actress, who plays Frankie Lewis on the BBC One soap, will be swapping Albert Square for the dance floor.

Speaking about joining the show, Rose said: "To be the first deaf contestant on Strictly Come Dancing is sooooo exciting… and a little bit scary.

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"It is the hardest secret I have ever had to keep so it feels amazing to finally have this out in the open! I hope I will do the deaf community proud and break down more barriers."

Rose joined EastEnders in 2020 as Frankie Lewis and she is the first-ever deaf actor to play a deaf character on the soap.

Sharing the news on the hit BBC One soap's official Instagram, they penned: "Rose Joins Strictly Come Dancing 2021! We’re unbelievably excited to announce that our very own @rose.a.e will be joining the cast of @bbcstrictly 2021!

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"Take a look at our exclusive interview with @theemmabarton and @rose.a.e as they talk about Rose being the first ever deaf contestant, favourite dances, and what it would mean to win the Glitterball trophy. Good luck from all of us at #EastEnders, Rose!"

When asked how it feels to be the first-ever deaf contestant on the show, the actress said: "I feel like finally, about time, but I can't believe it's me who is doing it.

"I am so excited and I think it would be great to break the stereotype that deaf people can't enjoy music and learn to dance… but I better be able to dance!"

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