Eddie Kadi is the fifth celebrity contestant confirmed for the brand new series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Eddie, 40, is a multi-award winning stand-up comedian and radio presenter and he says he is ready to give the dance floor ‘everything he’s got’.
It comes after Krishnan Guru-Murphy, Angela Rippon, Amanda Abbington and Layton Williams have already been confirmed for the show.
Eddie said in the announcement: ‘WOW. Anyone who knows me, understands that music and dance is so important and central to who I am.
‘I’m so unbelievably proud and honoured that Strictly and the BBC have asked me to join the 2023 Team. I promise you, I’m going to give it everything I’ve got. This is going to be a VIBE.’
Exciting: Eddie Kadi is the fifth celebrity contestant confirmed for the brand new series of Strictly Come Dancing
Recognised as one of the most globally celebrated stand up personality, British-Congolese Eddie continues to dominate the world of comedy.
He has an ever-growing international fanbase and he was the first British black comedian to headline the O2 Arena in London.
Eddie’s worldwide reputation has seen him host both the official red carpet show for BET International and BET Africa in Los Angeles as well as being main stage host for the Afro Nation Festivals across the world.
He has hosted the prestigious MOBO Awards and appeared on numerous TV formats including Blankety Blank, The National Comedy Awards, Tonight with Target, +44 Presents: The Noughties Podcast, Don’t Hate the Playaz, and Road to Afro Nation: Davido Live.
He also fronts The Official Afrobeats Chart Show on BBC Radio 1Xtra and is a Team Captain on ITV’s entertainment format Sorry I Didn’t Know.
This year, Eddie has been nominated for both the prestigious Royal Television Society Best Breakthrough Award and Best Breakthrough Presenter at the Edinburgh TV Awards. He is also in production for his own documentary with Channel 4.
It comes after Krishnan Guru-Murphy was confirmed as the fourth star appearing in the upcoming series of Strictly.
The news was announced during Strictly host Claudia Winkelman’s BBC Radio 2 show on Saturday morning.
Confirming he has signed up for the BBC One dance programme, the journalist, 53, said: ‘It’s me Krishnan!’
When Claudia asked why he’s signed up for the show, he said: ‘You only live once. I’m here for the joy for the fun. I love my job, I speak to amazing people and go to incredible places. But this was just irresistible.
‘I told my wife first and she said definitely do it. I have an 18-year-old daughter who said it is a great idea but my 16-year-old son is applauded.
‘I haven’t been an avid viewer because I’m either working or on the way home but when Bill Bailey did it I thought he was amazing!’
Speaking about his concerns, he added: ‘I’m slightly worried about my health, I’m not that fit I’m slightly overweight and I have a heart condition.
Krishnan is best known as the main anchor of Channel 4 News, as well as reporting for the foreign affairs series Unreported World and hosting live debates for Channel 4 during elections, referendums and major crises.
He also won the Royal Television Society Journalism Award for best Network Presenter in 2022.
After the announcement, Krishnan said: ‘I’m surprised, delighted and slightly confused to find myself taking part in Strictly on the basis of ‘you only live once!’ and I can’t wait to start learning to dance, but I am slightly worried about my general decrepitude.
‘I know I’m going to love it and have a brilliant time and just hope I’m not the only one enjoying my participation.’
It came after Angela Rippon, Amanda Abbington and Layton Williams were confirmed as the first three stars for the upcoming series of Strictly.
The news was announced during the BBC’s The One Show on Friday, with all three stars making an appearance.
As the host of Come Dancing, Angela Rippon knows a thing or two about ballroom.
But she has revealed that her decision to take part in Strictly as she approaches the age of 79 was a ‘scary one’ as she prepares to perform the Argentine Tango as the show’s oldest ever contestant.
Confirming she has signed up for the BBC One dance programme, she said: ‘Having been a fan of Strictly since day one, and as a former presenter of Come Dancing, this will be quite an adventure for me.
‘A scary one, considering I’m about to be 79. But I’m looking forward to the challenge, and perhaps being able to learn to dance the Argentine Tango.’
Appearing on The One Show on Friday, Angela revealed the first thing she asked the BBC show when they approached her was ‘why didn’t they ask me 10 years ago’.
She added: ‘The serious reason behind doing it is because I’ve been advocating ever since I did a series called How To Stay Young with Chris van Tulleken where we demonstrated as part of the programme that dance is the complete full mind and body exercise for everybody, regardless of your age, but particularly for people as they get older.’
Her appearance on the show comes 47 years after high-kicking dance routine she performed during Morecambe and Wise’s 1976 Christmas special which was watched by 27 million viewers.
While she admits she is only able to kick her leg up to waist height, Angela still takes regular ballet classes in an effort to stay fit and healthy.
She told recently the Sunday Mirror: ‘I still do a ballet class as often as I can. I worked on a documentary which found that dance is the best way of staying fit, supple and strong.
‘I studied classical ballet until I was 17 and you never forget the basics. Can I still hold the positions? Well, yes.
‘Put it this way – the mind is willing, the body sometimes says, “What the hell do you think you’re doing?” I used to be able to do 10-to-six high-kicks but I can probably do to about [waist height] now.’
The BBC also announced on Friday that Sherlock actress Amanda Abbington will also be joining the line up, as well as theatre star Layton Williams – who is likely to prompt controversy as he is a fully trained dancer and has been performing on stage since he was just six-years-old.
Amanda, 49, who starred as Mary Watson alongside her former partner Martin Freeman in the drama series said: ‘I’m thrilled to have been asked to do Strictly. I’m actually really shy and self-conscious so this will be a great opportunity for me to overcome those things.
‘I get to learn to dance which I am incredibly excited about and I’m really looking forward to the training too, I’m quite competitive as my family and friends will tell you.’
Angela hosted Come Dancing – described as the ‘original Strictly’ between the years of 1988 and 1991.
Last year she appeared on the dance show as part of the BBC’s 100th birthday celebrations where she took part in a skit where she introduced Kym Marsh and her dance partner Graziano Di Prima’s routine.
BBC bosses are said to be ‘thrilled’ that she has signed up, with some expecting her to decline the offer due to her age.
Until now the oldest ever competitor was comedian Johnny Ball who took part in 2012 at the age of 74.
A source close to the show told the Mail on Sunday last month: ‘It’s such a coup to get Angela. She was Mrs Come Dancing so what a wonderful thing that she is going to be on Strictly all these years later.’
Amanda’s appearance on the show comes after she revealed earlier this year she contemplated suicide after her devastating split from Martin in 2016 left her ‘hating herself’.
The pair never married but were together for 16 years and share two children; Joe, 17, and Grace, 16.
Meanwhile, Layton, who is known best for performances as the title role in Billy Elliot and Everyone’s Talking About Jamie, is an early favourite to win the competition.
Speaking taking part on the show, the 28-year-old said: ‘Absolutely buzzing to confirm that I will be taking part in THE most iconic dance competition in the UK! It’s time to bring it to the Ballroom. So excited to learn new skills from the best. Bring on the sequins… ALL the sequins!’
He added that he would like to be paired with a male professional dancer so he can be lifted up during the performances.
He has also appeared as Stephen Carmichael in the Bad Education movie and the television series that followed, as well as Beautiful People, Benidorm, The Cleaner, and I Hate Suzie.
Last week, The Mail on Sunday revealed former Family Fortunes host Les Dennis, 69, is set to slip on his dancing shoes for this year’s competition.
They will join BBC presenter Angela Scanlon, actor Nigel Harman and former Love Island contestant Zara McDermott.
Also tipped to appear are Bobby Brazier, son of the late Big Brother star Jade Goody, and actor Adam Thomas, who stars in BBC One drama Waterloo Road.
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Angela says: ‘Having been a fan of Strictly since day one, and as a former presenter of Come Dancing, this will be quite an adventure for me. A scary one, considering I’m about to be 79. But I’m looking forward to the challenge, and perhaps being able to learn to dance the Argentine Tango.’
Amanda says: ‘I’m thrilled to have been asked to do Strictly. I’m actually really shy and self-conscious so this will be a great opportunity for me to overcome those things.
Layton says: ‘Absolutely buzzing to confirm that I will be taking part in THE most iconic dance competition in the UK! It’s time to bring it to the Ballroom. So excited to learn new skills from the best. Bring on the sequins… ALL the sequins!’
Krishnan says: ‘I’m surprised, delighted and slightly confused to find myself taking part in Strictly on the basis of ‘you only live once!’ and I can’t wait to start learning to dance, but I am slightly worried about my general decrepitude.’