Kim Marsh joins Will Mellor as the first celebrities on Dancing with the Stars 2022.

Kim Marsh has been announced as the second celebrity to appear on Dancing with the Stars.

The 46-year-old singer, actress and TV presenter has joined actor Will Mellor in a lineup that will be unveiled in the next few days.

Marsh rose to prominence with the band Hear’Say, which was formed as part of the ITV show Popstars in 2001 before moving on to acting and playing Michelle Connor in Coronation Street.

Marsh now co-presents Morning Live alongside Gethin Jones and recently appeared in a touring theater production of Fatal Attraction.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast via video call from her vacation, she said: “I’m really looking forward to it. I’m nervous, but I’m really looking forward to it.”

Marsh said her previous dance experience was unlikely to help her on the show.

When asked what style of dance she likes the most, she replied: “I just really want to learn. Watching it, I used to dance when I was a little girl and in Hear’Say, but it was a very different style of dancing.”

She said that her husband, Army Major Scott Ratcliffe, was “extremely excited” that she was going to teach him how to dance properly so they could dance together in mess halls.

Marsh was also joined on screen by her parents Dave and Pauline, with whom she was on vacation, and her mother said she was a longtime fan of the show.

Asked how she would react to being questioned by the judges, Marsh said: “Look, I was judged by Nasty Nigel (Nigel Lithgow) in Pop Stars. Don’t forget about it. At one time he was a villain.

“I think I’ll be all right. These are the people I truly respect because that’s what they do. I’ll probably have to suck. I’ll be fine. I won’t swing my fist at people or anything like that.”


Will Mellor on the set of Coronation Street (ITV/PA)

Mellor also appeared on BBC Breakfast ahead of series 20, which will see viewers return to the studio this year, with the kickoff show scheduled to be taped on 7 September.

The 46-year-old actor, who played Gaz on the 2000s cult sitcom Two Pints ​​of Lager and a Pack of Chips, said Strictly is his mother Shirley’s favorite show and that after his father’s death in 2020 from cancer, he wanted to create new memories.

He said: “The training side of it is one of the reasons why I do it. Some time ago, my mindset completely changed and I just thought that I should start doing something that scares me a little and get out of my comfort zone, and that’s the meaning of life.

“And when they called me about it, I just said, ‘Yes, I’m going to do it.’

“Also, I lost my father in 2020 and I just thought that from then on I just have to grab onto life and I have to do things and I have to create new memories and my thinking has changed and this is my kind of one of the reasons why.

“It’s my mom’s favorite show, so the last few years have been really hard for her, so I thought we’d do it…”

Four new professional dancers will appear on the next series of Strictly, making up the largest line-up in the show’s history.

This came after two-time winner Oti Mabuse and Alyaz Skoryanets announced their retirement.

The last series of Strictly was won by Rose Ayling-Ellis with her professional partner Giovanni Pernice.