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JJ Chalmers confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2020 line-up

Strictly Come Dancing has announced JJ Chalmers is the eighth celebrity contestant for this year's series. The former Royal Marine and Invictus Games medallist revealed he's doing the BBC show on Thursday's edition of Lorraine. John-James, who is friends with Prince Harry, said: "I'm always looking for a challenge and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. Strictly Come Dancing has announced JJ Chalmers is the eighth celebrity contestant (Credit: ITV) Read more: Strictly Come Dancing: Bill Bailey announced as seventh contestant What did JJ Chalmers say about Strictly? It's going to be a huge challenge but I'm looking forward to learning something brand new.

Meanwhile, John-James said Prince Harry is "going to have a great laugh" seeing him on Strictly. He added: "He really is a corner stone in creating this opportunity because he created the Invictus Games. In a statement, he added: "My whole life is defined by facing challenges. Former Royal Marine and Invictus Games medallist @JJChalmersRM joins the #Strictly line-up! "Whether it's becoming a Royal Marine Commando, recovering from my injuries sustained in Afghanistan to competing in The Invictus Games.

"Strictly is a whole different ball game in respect to the challenges I will face but I'm up for an adventure and at least my mum will know where I am!" John-James spoke about Strictly on Lorraine today (Credit: ITV) Meanwhile, earlier today, Bill Bailey became the seventh contestant. What did Bill Bailey say about Strictly? The comedian said: "In these strange times we're living through, it feels right to do something different and take on a new challenge. "So I am delighted to be a part of this year's unique Strictly Come Dancing. "My late mum Madrin would have loved it – I hope she'll be watching." On Wednesday, Strictly announced former boxer Nicola Adams would feature in the show's first ever same-sex couple.

Bill Bailey is doing Strictly (Credit: SplashNews.com) She said: "I'm really excited to be joining this year's incredible line-up for Strictly Come Dancing. Meanwhile, Good Morning Britain presenter Ranvir Singh recently announced she's doing Strictly. Nicola Adams will feature in Strictly's first same-sex couple (Credit: SplashNews.com) The presenter said: "Feels like embarking on a rollercoaster, where you really want to do it but you are equally scared. Ranvir, Nicola, Bill and John-James join Caroline Quentin, Max George, Clara Amfo and Jason Bell. Are you excited about the new series?

Leave us a comment on our Facebook page @EntertainmentDailyFix. And the next celebrity waiting to waltz onto Strictly Come Dancing 2020 is… JJ Chalmers! The TV presenter and former Royal Marine was unveiled as this year's eighth contestant on ITV's Lorraine this morning (3rd September). Speaking to the host about the announcement, Chalmers said: "I'm always looking for a challenge, always looking to push myself out of my comfort zone." Comparing Strictly to his military experience, he added: "This is completely off the chart and so it's going to be a huge challenge but I'm really looking forward to learning something new." Chalmers, who lost two fingers and badly damaged his right elbow in a bomb blast, also said he wanted to be treated like "any other contestant" and didn't want special treatment. I don't want special treatment but we're going to have to level the playing field to make it fair." Get all the latest Strictly news and views direct to your inbox Thanks! Sign up to get alerts for Strictly Come Dancing and receive television and entertainment email newsletters from our award-winning editorial team.

For more information about how we hold your personal data, please see our privacy policy. In a statement, Chalmers said: "My whole life is defined by facing challenges. Whether it's becoming a Royal Marine Commando, recovering from my injuries sustained in Afghanistan to competing in The Invictus Games. He is the latest familiar face to join this year's Strictly Come Dancing line-up, with seven other celebrities already confirmed to be taking part. Actress Caroline Quentin, sports star Jason Bell, The Wanted musician Max George, ITV journalist Ranvir Singh, DJ Clara Amfo, boxer Nicola Adams, comedian Bill Bailey and singer HRVY are also set to appear on this year's dance floor. Adams will be dancing in Strictly's first-ever same-sex couple, something she described as "really important". Speaking to BBC Breakfast presenters Dan Walker and Louise Minchin, she added: "It's definitely time for change. It's definitely time to move on and be more diverse, and this is a brilliant step in the right direction." As previously reported, this year's dance competition will be a shorter series due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, Strictly said: "To ensure we deliver the high standards audiences know and love, and in light of the ongoing considerations around COVID-19, this year's series of Strictly will have a slightly shorter run than usual. After the announcement was made, Tonioli said: "I absolutely adore being part of Strictly and can't wait to see what incredible dancing this year has in store! Strictly Come Dancing returns later this year. We and our partners will store and/or access information on your device through the use of cookies and similar technologies, to display personalised ads and content, for ad and content measurement, audience insights and product development. Information about your device and internet connection, including your IP address Find out more about how we use your information in our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. To enable Verizon Media and our partners to process your personal data select 'I agree', or select 'Manage settings' for more information and to manage your choices. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Your Privacy Controls. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Sign up fornow and never miss the top Royal stories again. JJ Chalmers has just been announced as the next celebrity to join the Strictly Come Dancing 2020 line-up. His involvement in the competition was announced on Lorraine and he said he was going to be a huge challenge. The star is a Scottish television presenter, public speaker and Invictus Games medallist. Prince Harry's friend, TV presenter and Invictus Games medallist JJ Chalmers, has said he hopes the royal will be watching as he was confirmed as one of the competitors in this year's Strictly Come Dancing. The annual competition, a fixture of autumn TV, was under threat because of social distancing, but producers have confirmed the celebrities and the dancers will be able to record a shorter series adhering to regulations. Chalmers, a former marine commando who has competed at the games set up by Prince Harry, was announced as one of the celebrities on ITV's Lorraine on Thursday morning. He admitted he did not know if the royal and wife Meghan Markle would be watching since their relocation to Los Angeles, saying: "I don't know how that works, I don't know if they get it in LA." But he told Lorraine Prince Harry is a "cornerstone in creating this opportunity because he created the Invictus Games, (and) the idea that this is a culmination of 10 years of my recovery and he is a big part of that, he should take pride… John-James Chalmers (right) alongside the Duke of Sussex at the Invictus Games Athletics competition in Florida in 2016. Read more: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sign mega deal with Netflix Chalmers said he was "always looking for a challenge, always looking to push myself out of my comfort zone". He added: "This is completely off the chart, and so it's going to be a huge challenge for me, I'm really looking forward to learning something new". Chalmers, 33, was injured in a bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2011, and suffered facial injuries, as well as losing two of his fingers and damaging his elbow. In 2014, he competed in the Invictus Games, the sporting competition set up by Prince Harry for injured former military personnel. He now presents events for the BBC like the Great North Run, the World Para Athletics, and the London Marathon. 10 years ago, I was preparing to join 42 Cdo #RoyalMarines, to start ramping up training to deploy to Afghanistan. Somehow, now I'm about to start training, ready to join the cast of #Strictly. What a decade, eh?!#StrictlyComeDancing #BeyondInjury pic.twitter.com/PwlW3otpgs — JJ Chalmers (@JJChalmersRM) September 3, 2020 Read more: When are Prince William and Kate going back to work? On his latest challenge, he said: "My whole life is defined by facing challenges – whether it's becoming a Royal Marine Commando, recovering from my injuries sustained in Afghanistan, to competing in The Invictus Games. "Now, as a TV presenter, I'm lucky enough to witness some of the greatest sporting contests in the world. Strictly is a whole different ball game in respect to the challenges I will face but I'm up for an adventure and at least my mum will know where I am!"