Singer Aston Merrygold is the eighth celebrity confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2017.
The former JLS star turned solo singer-songwriter, revealed the news on Scott Mills’ Radio 1 show today.
Aston said, “I’m so happy to be joining Strictly 2017, it is such a brilliant show and I’ve followed it for years. I’m both nervous and excited to learn from the professionals about a whole new way of dancing!”
During his time in JLS Merrygold sold over 10 million records worldwide with five number one hits and a four times platinum album. Merrygold has also been a judge on Got to Dance for Sky 1 and released his debut solo record Get Stupid.
Merrygold joins Simon Rimmer, Joe McFadden, Reverend Richard Coles, Gemma Atkinson, Ruth Langsford, Davood Ghadami and Mollie King who have also been confirmed for the new series. More celebrity contestants will be announced in the coming days.
— BBC Strictly✨ (@bbcstrictly) August 14, 2017