Singer Anastacia joins Strictly Come Dancing

Anastacia has just been announced at the latest star to join the upcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing. The American singer was a hugely popular in the early noughties with hits like 'I'm Outta Love' and 'Left Outside Alone'.

However, since then the singer has battled through a heart condition and breast cancer, but is now back on tour with two new albums out in recent years.

Chicago-born Anastacia told Chris Evans on his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show "the seed was planted" to take part in the series when she sang on it last year. Although she warned that she may not impress with her moves; "I stink - do you really want me on the show?

"I'm serious," the 47-year-old told Evans. "I'm not lying about it at all. I just finished 62 dates on tour so I'm really good at rhythm and sidestepping - as far as to my own music. But… uh oh.

"I did it because I wanted to challenge myself on something that had nothing to do with a hospital."


Anastacia also said on the Strictly website: "After my double mastectomy, it stripped away a part of me that I feel I would like to find again.

"This opportunity has come at a perfect time to help me use and get to know my upper body again."

Anastacia is the tenth contestant to be added to the upcoming series, which kicks off in September. She joins BBC Breakfast's Naga Munchetty, politician Ed Balls, model Daisy Lowe, former Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac, Kiss FM DJ Melvin Odoom, singers Louise Redknapp and Will Young; and presenters Ore Oduba and Laura Whitmore.

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