Former JLS star Aston Merrygold has been revealed as the eighth contestant in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Merrygold was revealed as the latest celebrity dancer on the Scott Mills Show on BBC Radio 1 on Monday. Mills is a former Strictly contestant himself, having taken part in the series in 2014.  

"I can't wait. I'm very, very excited," said onetime boyband heartthrob Merrygold. 

"The aim's to win." 

Aston Merrygold (second right) in his JLS days

When asked which professional dancer he wanted to be paired with, backflipper extraordinaire Merrygold replied: "I just want the shortest dancer, because I'm not the tallest bloke."

The news that the 29-year-old is joining the show follows the weekend announcements that Sunday Brunch's Simon Rimmer and Holby City star Joe McFadden are taking to the dancefloor.

Simon Rimmer - Swapping Sunday Brunch kitchen for the dancefloor

Former Communards star the Reverend Richard Coles, Emmerdale's Gemma Atkinson, EastEnders' Davood Ghadami, presenter Ruth Langsford and former Saturdays star Mollie King are also in this year's line-up, with more names to be announced in the coming days.

In a pop tie-in, Merrygold's former JLS bandmate Marvin Humes is married to the Saturdays' Rochelle Wiseman. The Saturdays' Frankie Bridge took part in Strictly in 2014, finishing as runner-up.

Girlband vs boyband - The Saturdays' Mollie King will be competing against Aston Merrygold

Strictly Come Dancing is back on BBC One next month.