WILL YOUNG JOINS STRICTLY

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SINGER Will Young is the sec­ond celebrity con­tes­tant con­firmed to com­pete in Strictly Come Danc­ing.

The for­mer Pop Idol win­ner ( right) will face off against ex-shadow chan­cel­lor Ed Balls, who was an­nouned on Mon­day.

Brit Award-win­ning singer Will said: “As a fan of Strictly for years, I have al­ways imag­ined my­self on the show, but the tim­ing has not been right... un­til now!

“Mu­sic is my pas­sion and the danc­ing I have done has al­ways been with a mi­cro­phone in hand. Now there will be no mi­cro­phone or band, just me, my part­ner and the dance floor.

“Strictly is a show with fan­tas­tic live mu­sic and has an ethos of pos­i­tiv­ity and growth. I prac­tise these two things ev­ery day, and I will try my hard­est to be the best dancer pos­si­ble.”

Will, 37, first found fame as the win­ner of the first Pop Idol in 2002 and has since ven­tured into act­ing, star­ring in movie Mrs Hen­der­son Presents, TV drama The Mirror Crack’d From Side To Side, and on stage in Cabaret, for which he re­ceived a nom­i­na­tion for an Olivier award.

Ed Balls has al­ready told Chris Evans on his Ra­dio 2 break­fast show that he is “scared to death” about tak­ing part on the show.

The third con­tes­tant will be con­firmed to­day.

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