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Nigel Farage confirmed for Strictly 2019

Nigel Farage looking smug

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage is the latest celebrity to be announced for Strictly Come Dancing 2019.

He is the sixth star confirmed to be bopping his way towards Blackpool for this year’s show which airs on the BBC in September.

Farage will join the usual mix of actors, comics and YouTubers, including social media superstar Saffron Barker and Catherine Tyldesley, 35, who played Rovers Return barmaid Eva Price.

Nigel, 55, told fans on his LBC radio chat show that he was “rather looking forward to a break from the Brexit front lines,” adding “I think people will see me in a very different light when I unleash my Cha Cha on national television.”

Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdecombe appeared on the hit dance show in October 2010, winning popular support from viewers but failing to wow the judges.

Nigel says he found Ann’s performance “very inspiring” but hopes his trademark snake hips will see him through to at least the semi-finals. 

Within minutes of the announcement, the BBC faced criticism on Twitter for allowing Farage to dance without including a remainer in the competition to provide balance. 

In response to the twitter-storm, a BBC spokesman said, “well it’s a dance show and light entertainment, so I doubt even Mr Farage will be able to use it to further his Brexit agenda.” 

Emma Barton, David James and comedian Chris Ramsey have also been confirmed as contestants for the 17th outing of the prime time show, but rumours that ex-Transport Minister Chris Grayling will appear remain, as yet, unconfirmed. 


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