'Bring on the spandex': Thom Evans is first male to join Strictly line-up

Ex-rugby player Thom Evans is the first confirmed male celebrity taking part in this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

Thom, 29, made the announcement this morning via the official @bbcstrictly Vine account, which shows a short video of him selecting a glitter ball over a rugby ball.


"I'm so happy to be doing the show, I cannot wait to get started," he said. "I’m really looking forward to my Strictly makeover – bring on Strictly and bring on the spandex!"

Ex-professional rugby player Thom represented Scotland at international level winning ten caps, and has had club stints at both London Wasps and Glasgow Warriors, where he held the record for most tries scored.


He is currently single after splitting from actress Jessica Lowndes at the end of 2013. The former rugby player previously dated Kelly Brook for two years before the couple parted ways in February of last year.

Kelly, 34, announced their split on Twitter. "Thom and I mutually agreed to go our separate ways some time ago. It had absolutely nothing to do with a third party," she tweeted.