Strictly Come Dancing contestants 2023: Zara McDermott joins line-up

Love Island star Zara McDermott has become the latest contestant to join this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

She joins Angela Scanlon, Eddie Kadi, Amanda Abbington, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Angela Rippon and Layton Williams on the BBC dancing contest’s 2023 line-up.

McDermott worked as a government policy advisor before joining Love Island in 2018, and since leaving the villa has presented a series of documentaries.

The TV star said she was “so excited to be joining the world of Strictly”.

McDermott said in a statement: “I grew up watching it every year with my nan and she was the biggest Strictly fan. We would dance around the house and I have such fond memories of that time in my life.

“I even remember the first ever series, and being mesmerised by all the beautiful dresses! I can’t wait to throw myself into this experience and start training. It’s going to be incredible.”

Since leaving Love Island, McDermott has presented BBC documentaries including Revenge Porn, Uncovering Rape Culture, Disordered Eating, and Gaia: A Death on Dancing Ledge.

Last year’s Strictly was won by Hamza Yassin, the presenter on shows like Animal Park and Let’s Go For A Walk.

This year’s series will arrive on screens in the autumn and will be judged by Shirley Ballas, Anton Du Beke, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse.

Here are the other contestants who have been announced for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing so far:


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