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Saffron Barker: Strictly Come Dancing adds YouTube star to 2019 line-up

Social media figure joins Chris Ramsey and ex-footballer David James

Jacob Stolworthy
Thursday 01 August 2019 07:20 BST
David James announced as cast member for Strictly Come Dancing 2019

The fourth celebrity announced as a contestant on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing is YouTube star Saffron Barker.

The social media personality joins comedian Chris Ramsay, former EastEnders star Emma Barton and ex-footballer David James, who’ll all compete on the dancing competition next month.

Her appointment was announced by former contestant Ashley Roberts on her Heart FM radio show.

With the BBC One series just months away from returning, producers have been hard at work signing up the latest stars to battle for the glitterball trophy.

Earlier this month it was announced that new judge Motsi Mabuse would replace ballerina Darcey Bussell, who stepped down from the judging panel after seven years.

Mabuse will be joined by returning judges Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli with Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman returning as hosts.

Last year’s series saw broadcaster Stacey Dooley win with professional partner Kevin Clifton.

The 2019 edition will be without professional dancer Pasha Kovalev who recently announced he had quit the show after “eight incredible years” to “find a new challenge”.

Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One in September

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