Naga Munchetty will join the likes of colleagues Chris Hollins and Carol Kirkwood as she takes to dance floor on Strictly

BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty is the ninth celebrity contestant to sign up for Strictly Come Dancing.

The BBC Breakfast presenter joins a line-up which already includes former Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac, ex Eternal member Louise Redknapp, ex-shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, singer Will Young, TV presenter Laura Whitmore, radio DJ Melvin Odoom, model Daisy Lowe and sports broadcaster Ore Oduba.

Former Strictly contestant Carol Kirkwood revealed the news on BBC Breakfast.

The journalist and newsreader, 41, said she was ‘petrified’ to take on Strictly Come Dancing.

She is concerned about her dancing ability after she fell over in her wedding dress 12 years ago.

She revealed: “We decided we would learn a proper dance. It didn’t go well… I actually fell over in a big puff of wedding dress!”

Naga will join Strictly
Naga will join Strictly (BBC)

 

But she added: “I’ve always enjoyed watching Strictly. It’s a brilliant show and it’s lots of fun.”

After revealing the news, Carol provided her with Strictly essentials including sparkly plasters for the blisters.

Naga joined the BBC as the presenter of Working Lunch, and became a full-time member of the BBC Breakfast team in 2014.

She is also a keen golfer, playing the sport up to five times a week.

Following in the footsteps of a string of BBC Breakfast presenters, Naga enthused about the past performance of her colleagues: “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 it wasn’t those BBC colleagues who inspired her to sign up. She explained: “Anita was my inspiration for doing this – Strictly was completely out of her comfort zone and she really went for it. She gave it her all.”

Naga added: “The only way I think 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.”

Strictly will premiere on BBC1 in September.