Newsreader, journalist and TV presenter Charlotte Hawkins is the eleventh celebrity contestant confirmed for the brand new series of Strictly Come Dancing.  

The Good Morning Britain host made the announcement on Monday's (August 21) show. On revealing the news that she would be competing for the glitterball trophy Hawkins said: "The breaking news is we can announce the 11th contestant to join 'Strictly' is ... me!

"Nobody knows, I've kept it a secret from literally everybody. I'm really sorry to my friends and my family. Surprise!"

A number of her colleagues have previously appeared on Strictly including Kate Garraway in 2007 who finished eighth out of 14 who asked Hawkins: "Are you going to do well?"


Garraway added: "I was a disgrace, Richard was better. Susanna was amazing. She wasn't working with us at the time though. Can you fly the flag for Good Morning Britain?"

Hawkins has kept her Strictly news from friends and family

In a statement from the BBC Hawkins said: "I am so thrilled to be one of the contestants on Strictly this year! I've always been a big fan of the show.

"It is a dream come true to be taking part and I'll be following in the footsteps of my Good Morning Britain colleagues.

I'm looking forward to stepping out from behind the news desk to cha-cha-cha my way across the dancefloor!"

Before joining ITV, Charlotte worked at Sky News for seven years on Sunrise with Eamonn Holmes and also hosted her own daily show of breaking news and interviews. She anchored Sunrise Live at the Olympics, has hosted Sky News's BAFTA's show and presented live from LA on the Oscars red carpet.

Hawkins joins Brian Conley, Susan Calman, Aston Merrygold, Simon Rimmer, Joe McFadden, Reverend Richard Coles, Gemma Atkinson, Ruth Langsford, Davood Ghadami and Mollie King who have also been confirmed for the new series.