The start of this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing is fast approaching and so comes the inevitable trickle of celebrity contestant announcements.

Presented by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman the hit series sees famous faces take to the floor accompanied by a professional dancer, to perform dazzling routines in mainly ballroom and Latin styles.

A Saturday night staple, the BBC One dance competition has been appearing on screens since 2004.

Strictly contestants 2022

Here are Strictly Some Dancing contestants hoping to impress the judges and perhaps even leave with that coveted Glitterball Trophy.

Will Mellor

Will Mellor was announced as the first contestant for Strictly 2022.

The 46-year-old, best known for playing Gaz in Noughties sitcom Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps, said: “I'm honestly so chuffed to be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this year!

"Not going to lie, it's totally out of my comfort zone and I know it will be a huge challenge but that's what life is all about.

"This is also my Mum's favourite show and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing this for her as well. Bring it on!”

Kym Marsh

Former Hear’Say singer and Coronation Street star, Kym Marsh is Strictly contestant number two.

The 46-year-old said: “I am really looking forward to it. I am nervous – but I am really looking forward to it.”

Asked what style of dance she was most excited for, she said: “I am just very keen to learn. Watching it, I have done dancing before when I was a little girl and in Hear’Say but it was a very different style of dance.”

Richie Anderson

The third celebrity to be announced for this year's Strictly Come Dancing is BBC Radio 2 Breakfast show regular, Richie Anderson.

The 34-year-old said: “This is a dream come true! I cannot wait to get in those sparkles and sequins and shimmy across the most famous dancefloor in the world.

"Strictly is the ultimate feel-good show – as soon as I hear that iconic theme tune it’s just pure escapism.

“I’m going to have to cancel my legendary Strictly launch night kitchen party that I throw every year. I’m sure my friends and family will understand.

“It’s also a massive honour to be part of an all-male dance partnership – it’s so important we have that inclusion on such a huge show.”

Kaye Adams

Loose Women's Kaye Adams is the fourth person to be revealed as a Strictly 2022 contestant.

Talking about her reasons behind joining this year's Strictly cohort, the 59-year-old said: "I said I wanted to make the last year of my fifties memorable and I can't think of a better way of doing it than showing the world my two left feet."

Adding: "Pray for me!"

Jayde Adams

The fifth contestant to be taking to the Strictly dancefloor is stand-up comedian Jayde Adams.

Speaking about the challenge, Adams said: “Since I watched the first series in 2004, I feel like every step I’ve taken in my career over the last 11 years was to be on Strictly.

“I cannot begin to express the emotions I am feeling, this means so much to me and my family.

“I’ve always watched it, apart from a brief hiatus in 2011 as I was relentlessly gigging every weekend (to try and get on Strictly).

“I’ve been a massive fan of the show for years.

“I feel like I’m watching myself in a dream and I can’t believe I’ve manifested this.

“Holding this in has been torture for me.”

Ellie Simmonds

Five-time Paralympic champion and broadcaster Ellie Simmonds has been announced as the sixth celebrity to join Strictly Come Dancing’s 2022 line-up.

Simmonds said: “Oh my gosh!! I’m literally bursting with excitement!! It’s been soooo hard keeping this secret as I’ve wanted to tell everyone. I’m going on Strictly Come Dancing!

"I’m a tad nervous too, well more than a tad… I’m absolutely petrified!

"To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to so much fun. I’m counting down the minutes until it starts; learning to dance, meeting my partner and everyone else involved in the show. Plus wearing the sequins and all that, It’s going to be a blast.

"I’ve been watching Strictly from as far back as I can remember; it’s a traditional lead up to Christmas with my family and it’s a genuine privilege to be part of it.”