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News just in! Strictly's ninth celebrity contestant revealed

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18 August 2016
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Naga Munchetty has been named as the ninth celebrity on this year's Strictly Come Dancing. The BBC Breakfast presenter said she was "mega excited" and also "petrified" to be taking part in the programme.

"I'm going to give it my very best and enjoy what is bound to be a great adventure," the 41-year-old said, as she confirmed her appearance live on Thursday morning's show. "I am equally excited, nervous and scared – I can't wait to start training."


Naga Munchetty is the ninth confirmed Strictly contestant

She added: "I was so surprised to be asked to take part – I never thought I'd have the courage to say yes, but it would be simply silly to turn down the chance to learn to dance with a professional."

Naga is following in the footsteps of previous Breakfast presenters Susanne Reid, Carol Kirkwood and Chris Hollins. "I've always enjoyed watching Strictly. It's a brilliant show and it's lots of fun," she said.

"I've known Chris Hollins and will never forget his wonderful Charleston. There's Susanna obviously – she was amazing. I loved her dramatic dances. Then there's Carol. She completely embraced it."

But, Naga said, there was one former Strictly contestant in particular who inspired her to say yes.

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"Anita (Rani) was my inspiration for doing this," she revealed. "Strictly was completely out of her comfort zone and she really went for it. She gave it her all.

"The only way I can really embarrass myself is not giving 100 per cent. If you're going to do something – always be the best at it. Always do your best."

Naga's announcement came hours after model Daisy Lowe revealed that she was the eighth celebrity taking part. The other confirmed contestants are; Louise Redknapp, Danny Mac, Melvin Odoom, Ed Balls, Ore Oduba, Will Young and Laura Whitmore.

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