Strictly Come Dancing just added the 12th contestant for this year's series and she is definitely an early favorite.
After the confirmation of Jamie Laing as the 11th contestant in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, BBC spared no time to announce the 12th contestant who would be dueling it out on the stage of Strictly.
Alex Scott became the 12th contestant to take the stage at the BBC reality dancing show. The former footballer was on hand to announce her involvement with the show on the BBC radio station 1Xtra.
The former Arsenal right-back who played for over 120 times for the club along with appearing in the Olympics for the Three Lions said she was waiting for a long time to announce her involvement. While talking to the host of the radio show, she said she was waiting with excitement for a long time to tell everyone she appears in the show.
On the show, she said, “I'm so happy I can finally talk about this. I'm just so happy. I feel like it's a kid at Christmas!”
Alex is no stranger to reality dancing show; she won the Sport Relief edition of the show in 2018. Being a former winner there is obviously going to be some favorite tag thrown her way, but she said it would be “different” in this show. The host asked if she is a favorite and the former footballer said, “No, it was totally different, this is the show I've always wanted to be a part of... you're only dancing for a short amount of time.”
Watch: Alex Scott was part of the sport edition of Strictly Come Dancing
The Lioness couldn’t contain her excitement when the BBC asked her how she was feeling after the news. She said, “I am absolutely buzzing to be signed up to Strictly. It’s the show I’ve always wanted to do, and I can’t believe I’m finally going to be part of it.”
“I’m super excited, but also terrified at the same time…,” she said. “The football pitch is a bit less glam than the ballroom, but I’m ready to try the sequins and dresses! Bring it on!”
Athletes are familiar with pressure situations, and her being a former winner of a dance competition puts Alex in a prime position to win the show, and the pressure isn’t particularly affecting the footballer.
Just because she is the frontrunner doesn’t mean we should count all the other contestants out. With 12 contestants down, there are still three more spots to fill for the dance show, and maybe we will see some more strong contenders along with the already talented cast for series 17 of Strictly Come Dancing.