Holy Moly! Rev Richard Coles joins Strictly Come Dancing as the fifth VERY surprising star... but warns the arthritis in his knee could cause some problems on the dance floor

Mail Online | 8/11/2017 | Rebecca Lawrence For Mailonline
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Reverend Richard Coles has been announced as the fifth contestant on Strictly Come Dancing.

The musician, journalist and Church of England priest, 55, is known for having been the multi-instrumentalist who partnered Jimmy Somerville in the 1980s band the Communards.

Addition - Friday - Hour - Vicar - Arthritis

He was announced as the new addition on Friday, as he revealed: 'Cometh the hour, cometh the overweight Vicar with arthritis in his knee!'

Reverend Richard is the only Vicar in Britain to have had a number one hit single, Don’t Leave Me This Way.

Inspiration - Character - BBC - Comedy - Rev

He was also an inspiration for the main character in the BBC hit comedy Rev and served as consultant to the series, and is Vicar of St Mary’s Church in Finedon, Northamptonshire and Chancellor of the University of Northampton.

Reverend Richard joins Gemma Atkinson, Ruth Langsford, Davood Ghadami and Mollie King who have also been confirmed for the new series

Thursday - Gemma - Words - Mouth - Show

On Thursday, Gemma was announced and said of her new gig: 'I am really flattered they have asked me, I never thought the words would be coming out of my mouth. I am more likely to fit in on a show like Gladiators, but that’s why I wanted to do it, it’s a challenge.'

The 15th series of the BAFTA award-winning entertainment show produced by BBC Studios will return in the autumn on BBC One, and has slowly been releasing the line up as the week has gone on, with the latest news revealed on Thursday on BBC Breakfast.

Hosts - Show - Naga - Munchetty - Charlie

She told hosts of the show Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt that she's nervous about the challenge but that 'after a few drinks I think I'm Britney Spears'.

The actress, who also hosts a morning radio breakfast show, joked that she hasn't been allowed to tell anyone and that her breakfast co-hosts 'have been looking for me all morning'.

She also apologised...
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