Rachel Stevens will be joining the 2015 Strictly Come Dancing UK tour, it has been confirmed.
The S Club 7 singer replaces Frankie Bridge, who is pregnant and has reluctantly withdrawn from the tour on the advice of her doctor.
Rachel came runner-up in Strictly 2008 and went on to dance around the country in the 2009 Strictly Tour and, more recently, appeared in the 2014 Christmas Special. She will perform on the 2015 tour with pro dancer, Kevin Clifton.
Rachel – who’s known Frankie since her time in S Club Juniors – said: “I’m really happy for Frankie and Wayne – it’s great news to start the New Year with! I know she’s disappointed not to be doing the tour – I was supporting Team Frankie during the show and she was fantastic, but I’m happy to be able to step in for her.
“It’s no secret that I loved my time in Strictly and that I’m a big fan of the dances so I’m excited to be back and to get my dancing shoes on again. Today, I’m straight into rehearsals learning the routines and meeting the guys and next week we’ll be on tour seeing fans across the country – I can’t wait!”
Rachel will join 2014 Strictly champion Caroline Flack, fellow finalists Simon Webbe and Mark Wright, together with Scott Mills, Alison Hammond and Thom Evans.
The new judging panel features the 2008 Strictly winners Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup, who join TV judge Craig Revel Horwood. Zoe Ball completes the line-up as host.
The Strictly tour opens with the first of 31 performances at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham on Friday 16 January.
In other reality TV news, it’s been revealed that Channel 4 high-risk winter sports show The Jump has drafted in Jodie Kidd to replace Sally Bercow, the wife of the House of Commons Speaker, who pulled out after busting two ribs.
The 45-year-old took a tumble while skiing as the team of celebrities train in a number of different disciplines.