Strictly Come Dancing: Catherine Tyldesley confirmed as the fifth celebrity to ...

Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley has been confirmed as the fifth celebrity to join the 2019 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

The former soap star and a self-confessed Strictly addict appeared on ITV's This Morning on Thursday to reveal the big news. 

Catherine, 35, has been rumoured to join the 2019 series of Strictly since August 2018 after she teased that she 'might pop up at some point' following a guest debut on the previous series. 

Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley has been confirmed as the fifth celebrity to join the 2019 series of Strictly Come Dancing

Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley has been confirmed as the fifth celebrity to join the 2019 series of Strictly Come Dancing

Catherine said on Thursday: 'I’m thrilled to be a part of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. I’m a huge fan of the show. It’ll be my biggest challenge to date as I’m not much of a dancer, but I’ve always wanted to learn the skill and the time feels right!'

'I’m nervous as hell but super excited to work with such talented professionals. Hold onto your jazz shoes... mine is sure to be a bumpy/clumsy/fun ride!'  

Speaking to This Morning, Catherine joked about how exciting it's been to keep her big secret, admitting: 'I feel like I'm in the FBI like the other day I came down they needed to take my measurements and they said your code name is Jasmine!'

Secrets: Speaking to This Morning on Thursday, Catherine joked about how exciting it's been to keep her big secret, admitting: 'I feel like I'm in the FBI'

Secrets: Speaking to This Morning on Thursday, Catherine joked about how exciting it's been to keep her big secret, admitting: 'I feel like I'm in the FBI'

'My husband obviously is thrilled to bits and when I told my best friend he started laughing and said "oh OK because the history is I can't really dance!"'

'We've been doing the odd session because I don't really dance I've been lifting weights. The past few weeks I've been so busy filming other projects for the first time in years I've not been going to the gym as much but the last few weeks I've been trying to do cardio.'

Catherine was insistent that while past contestants always insist they can't dance, she has two left feet.

'Every year you know you get those contestants and they say they can't dance and then they get on the floor and they're amazing, nope can't dance!'

Admitting she used to 'swerve' dance classes at school 'because I was so big,' the soap star said she 'needs' to do this to build her self-confidence. 

From the bar to the ballroom: Catherine is best known for playing Eva Price in ITV's Corrie

From the bar to the ballroom: Catherine is best known for playing Eva Price in ITV's Corrie 

The actress has been practicing her moves with her son Alfie, saying: 'I can't dance I love to dance on a night out if I've had a couple of drinks, and me and Alfie love to do silly dancing in the kitchen.'

The actress lives in Manchester with her personal trainer husband Tom Pitford and their son Alfie, four, with an insider previously revealing that 'she’s unfazed by the Strictly curse as her marriage is super-strong.' 

And Catherine insisted on Thursday's This Morning that her husband is 'so chilled'. 

Catherine also gushed about her family's reaction, admitting her grandmother Sis 'so thrilled, it's been hard because rumours have broken saying she might be doing it and people texting me like "oh are you doing it? Can I meet Anton".'

The actress hinted she would be joining Strictly in August 2018 after promising her parents she would go on the show. Responding to a comment telling her to partner up with Aljaž Škorjanec, she said: 'I'm on it dad!! Promise! Cheers mum xxx (sic).'  

The star has no idea who her professional partner will be but says her height narrows the field, pointing out: 'I'm quite tall so in my head I'm narrowing it down maybe Aljaz or  Graziano.'  

Huge fan: Catherine, 35, has been rumoured to join the show since August 2018 after she teased that she 'might pop up at some point' following a guest debut on the previous series

Huge fan: Catherine, 35, has been rumoured to join the show since August 2018 after she teased that she 'might pop up at some point' following a guest debut on the previous series

Saffron Barker was confirmed as the fourth celebrity to join the 2019 line up earlier on Thursday.

The YouTube star's place in the new series was announced on Heart Radio on Thursday morning by 2018 finalist Ashley Roberts.

Saffron, 19, boasts over two million subscribers on YouTube and follows in the footsteps of fellow social media sensation Joe Sugg, who reached the final last year with his now-girlfriend Dianne Buswell.  

Dancing queen: YouTube star Saffron Barker was confirmed as the fourth celebrity to join the 2019 line up earlier on Thursday

Dancing queen: YouTube star Saffron Barker was confirmed as the fourth celebrity to join the 2019 line up earlier on Thursday

Saffron has a reported net worth of $1million from her YouTube content which focuses on a mix of make up, challenge videos and pranks.

Speaking to Heart Radio, Saffron said despite having 1.2million followers on Instagram she's 'scared' of how the public might react to her place on the flagship BBC show.

'I think that's what I'm most nervous for,' she confessed. 'I think that everyone who follows me will support me as much as possible.'

Big star: Saffron, 19, boasts over two million subscribers on YouTube and follows in the footsteps of fellow social media sensation Joe Sugg, who reached the final last year

Big star: Saffron, 19, boasts over two million subscribers on YouTube and follows in the footsteps of fellow social media sensation Joe Sugg, who reached the final last year

Referring to the backlash Joe received last year Saffron added: 'I think the same sort of thing will happen probably. 

'But I think once I get on the show, the public will get to know me as they got to know Joe, because as time went on his personality just shone.' 

While she's a social media sensation, Saffron admitted that her dance skills definitely need some work.  

Big announcement: The YouTube star's place in the new series was announced on Heart Radio on Thursday morning by 2018 finalist Ashley Roberts

Big announcement: The YouTube star's place in the new series was announced on Heart Radio on Thursday morning by 2018 finalist Ashley Roberts

Exciting times ahead: Saffron looked in great spirits as she left the Heart Radio studios

Exciting times ahead: Saffron looked in great spirits as she left the Heart Radio studios 

'Everyone keeps thinking I'm going to be really good,' she admitted. 'Sorry to disappoint everyone but I don't think I'm going to be. I'd rate myself maybe a four, that's not great.

'If I go out with my friends all of them can really dance, I'm the worst one if we go to a club. I'm there doing the one, two step and a little bit of a click, that's pretty much all I can do, I wish I could twerk or something but no I can't.'

Saffron also spoke about potentially finding love on the show, laughing 'I am very [single], but I haven't even really thought about that.

'I think I'm just so focused on, obviously I want to meet my partner and have the best time and everything else, but I'm just so focused on working hard.'

Saffron joins former England goalkeeper David James, stand up comic Chris Ramsey and EastEnders star Emma Barton, who were the first three celebrities announced on The One Show on Wednesday. 

Following: Speaking to Heart, Saffron said despite having 1.2million followers on Instagram she's 'scared' of how the public might react

Following: Speaking to Heart, Saffron said despite having 1.2million followers on Instagram she's 'scared' of how the public might react

What a week! Saffron only turned 19 seven days ago, making her one of the youngest ever contestants on the BBC show

What a week! Saffron only turned 19 seven days ago, making her one of the youngest ever contestants on the BBC show

Setting the bar high: YouTuber Joe Sugg made the final in the 2018 series with his now girlfriend Dianne Buswell

Setting the bar high: YouTuber Joe Sugg made the final in the 2018 series with his now girlfriend Dianne Buswell

Needs some polish: While she's a social media sensation, Saffron admitted though that her dance skills definitely need some work

Needs some polish: While she's a social media sensation, Saffron admitted though that her dance skills definitely need some work

Former England goalkeeper David- who has also worked as a football analyst for the BBC and BT Sport - said in a statement: 'I'm really excited to be on Strictly this year. Not just competing against this year's stars, but being compared to previous sport stars from previous Strictly seasons. I have some

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