Strictly Come Dancing confirms its first celebrity for 2018
13 August 2018, 08:26 | Updated: 1 October 2018, 17:09
The first celebrity confirmed to be taking part in Strictly for 2018 is Katie Piper!
The TV presenter and former model was announced on BBC Breakfast this morning (August 13).
"I've known quite a while and it's been really hard. When you're so excited about something you just want to share it," she said.
"It's for me, really out of my comfort zone. It's not something I've done before. The only person I've told is my husband, and he thought I was joking!
"I like having fun and music, but dance wise, I went to a musical on Thursday, and he noticed I wasn't even clapping in time!"
Katie was working towards a full-time career in the media, but in March 2008 she had sulphuric acid thrown in her face. The attack blinded her in one eye, and was arranged by her ex-boyfriend and carried out by an accomplice.
She has since gone on to have a successful career in TV, hosting shows including Bodyshockers.
Thank you for all your lovely messages. I’m super excited but very nervous about being a contestant on this years @bbcstrictly it’s going to be a challenge but everyone who knows me knows I love a challenge so here goes... a new chapter in my life! #strictly2018 #bbcbreakfast pic.twitter.com/hVBQnloqce— Katie Piper (@KatiePiper_) August 13, 2018
Speaking before the announcement, Katie said: "I feel so privileged and excited to be part of my favourite show on TV."
"I already know how much of an amazing experience it will be for me and I can't wait to show my girls some of my new dance moves. I'm nervous to put on my dancing shoes but can't wait to learn a new skill and have the Strictly tan and makeover!"