Mega selling pop star Will Young will be a contestant on the new series of Strictly when it premieres in September

Brit Award-winning pop star Will Young will contest the new series of Strictly Coome Dancing, both he and the BBC confirmed today.

Will, 37, follows Monday’s announcement that former Labour shadow chancellor Ed Balls will join the hit BBC1 celebrity dance contest.

Will said today: “As a fan of Strictly for years, I have always imagined myself on the show, but the timing has not been right… until now! Music is my passion and the dancing I have done has always been with a microphone in hand. Now there will be no microphone or band, just me, my partner and the dance floor.”

He continued: “Strictly is a show with fantastic live music and has an ethos of positivity and growth. I practice these two things every day, and I will try my hardest to be the best dancer possible.”

Will first came to the public’s attention when he contested and won the first Pop Idol contest in 2002 and since then has gone on to have not only a very successful music career, but has also appeared in a number of film, stage and television productions.

His credits include the BBC film Mrs Henderson Presents, the Marple drama The Mirror Crack’d From Side To Side, and on stage as the MC in Rufus Norris’s production of Cabaret, for which he received an Oliver award nomination.

Will is no stranger to Strictly as a performer:

Strictly said the third contestant for this year’s series will be announced live on The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw tomorrow.