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Ainsley Harriott signs up for Strictly Come Dancing

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Ainsley Harriott signs up for Strictly Come Dancing

Ainsley Harriott is the second star to sign up for 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The celebrity chef - who is best known as the host of cooking show 'Ready Steady Cook' - made a surprise appearance on 'The One Show' to reveal he will be taking part in the upcoming series of the BBC One dance contest.

He said: "I must admit that I do love to dance, but doing it in front of the nation is a whole different matter!

"In my day job the only type of salsa I know about is the one in my recipes so I am looking forward to rising to the challenge, bring it on!"

However, while the 58-year-old star may enjoy shaking his hips, he's confessed his experience is limited to "dancing around the kitchen with Suzy Salt and Percy Pepper".

Ainsley shared: "I'm most looking forward to the discipline and I admire the dedication it takes to be a good dancer."

The former 'Can't Cook, Won't Cook' presenter also revealed he has no plans to suck up to famously nasty judge Craig Revel Horwood.

He joked: "I won't be cooking any breakfast for Craig!"

The announcement comes after Jeremy Vine was revealed as the first contestant in this years competition.

The BBC Radio 2 and 'Eggheads' host said: "They asked me and I just thought I just turned 50 this year I've got to start dancing properly. I can't go into the dad dancing.

"How could I say no to the biggest show in TV? Yes, yes, yes and yes again to the sequins and the Samba!"

Other names rumoured to be appearing on the popular show later this year include Adrian Chiles, Tom Ellis, Angie Best and Richard Madeley.