Angela Scanlon, an Irish TV personality, is the latest celebrity to be added to this year’s Strictly Come Dancing cast.
Later this year, she will join Eddie Kadi, Amanda Abbington, Layton Williams, Angela Rippon, and Krishnan Guru-Murthy in leaving their day jobs for the ballroom.
Angela was clearly overjoyed at the prospect of joining the Strictly family.
‘I’m excited. I’m not great at keeping a secret, it’s a bit of a relief. But it’s all very real now,’ she told Zoe Ball on her Radio 2 Breakfast show.
She added: ‘I’ve told a few people. If you tell me a secret and it’s super guarded you can people confident I’m not going to blab it, but I’ve told 1700 of my closest friends.
‘I have no idea how my pelvic floor will react to that level of jumping.’
— BBC Strictly ✨ (@bbcstrictly) August 7, 2023
While Angela tried to keep her enthusiasm in check on Monday’s breakfast programme, she also had a lot of questions.
‘I’m terrified, I’m excited and I have so many questions,’ she explained.
‘Will they make me tan? How itchy are sequins?! Do they do flesh coloured sports bras? Well – there’s only one way to find out, right!?
‘Now I’m panicking a bit… but also secretly thrilled about the prospect of all that glitter. Let’s go!’
Angela is the host of BBC Two’s very popular interior design programme Your Home Made Perfect. Angela is the only woman in the UK and Ireland who has her own Saturday night talk show on RTÉ One, Ask Me Anything.
Angela released her first book, Joyrider, last year, which is part empowering guide and half story on the necessity of incorporating gratitude into daily life. She began her career as a stylist and worked in fashion TV in Ireland before moving to the UK to become the new presenter of Robot Wars and documentaries for the BBC.
Angela’s casting comes after actor Eddie was announced as the fifth Strictly Come Dancing contestant.
‘Wow. Anyone who knows me understands that music and dance are so important and central to who I am,’ he said.
‘I’m so unbelievably proud and honoured that Strictly and the BBC have asked me to join the 2023 team.
‘I promise you, I’m going to give it everything I’ve got. This is going to be a vibe.’
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One and iPlayer later this year.