Latest Strictly Contestant Waited By The Phone for ELEVEN Years

11 August 2017, 08:57 | Updated: 11 August 2017, 09:37

Strictly Come Dancing

We'll give you a clue, he's very close to God!

The Reverend Richard Coles will be cha-cha-cha ing onto the set of the show as the latest addition to the Strictly Come Dancing line up and the is the fifth contestant to be announced.

The trendy vicar first found fame with 80s band The Communards headed by Jimmy Sommerville. They wowed us with the hits: 'You Are My World'; 'Never Can Say Goodbye' and the smash 'Don’t Leave Me This Way' which became the biggest-selling single of 1986. 

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Now he's a presenter on TV's Saturday Live show and vicar of St Mary the Virgin in Finedon, Northamptonshire. At the announcement the clergyman said: "Cometh the hour, cometh the overweight Vicar with arthritis in his knees".

Richard admits that not only has he been waiting by the phone for 11 years to be asked to take part but he has already tried ballroom dancing and was a contender for The Alternative Miss World in 1992. 

Richard says of the secretive nature of the contestant announcements that they all had to have code names and they decided to name each contestant after a Greek god and bagged the moniker Zeus. 

Former Hollyoaks and Emmerdale actress Gemma Atkinson, This Morning's Ruth Langsford, The Saturdays' Mollie King and EastEnders star Davood Ghadami have already been announced as contenders for the glitterball trophy.