Do partners please for the next dance?

Baby Spice Emma Bunton, ex-Bad Girls star Claire King and EastEnders actress Louisa Lytton have signed up for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Baby Spice Emma Bunton, ex-Bad Girls star Claire King and EastEnders actress Louisa Lytton have signed up for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Former Manchester United goalie Peter Schmeichel, comedian Jimmy Tarbuck and TV presenter Carol Smillie are also taking part, the BBC announced yesterday.

Lytton, 17, who plays gangster's daughter Ruby Allen in the London soap, is the youngest contestant and will partner Italian ballroom dancer Vincent Simone.

King - superbitch Kim Tate in Emmerdale, is with Love Island ladies' man Brendan Cole.

The other female celebrities are singer Mica Paris, comedy actress Jan Ravens and Casualty's Georgina Bouzova.

Joining Schmeichel and Tarbuck are ex-England rugby player Matt Dawson, newsreader Nicholas Owen, cricketer Mark Ramprakash, actor Ray Fearon (mechanic Nathan in Coronation Street) and Radio 1 DJ Spoony.

The BBC One show returns on Saturdays next month with presenters Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly.

Daly said: "Where else could you see a Spice Girl dancing alongside Jimmy Tarbuck?"

In a change to last year's show, week one will see the boys dancing to stay in the competition, while the girls entertain with a group mambo.

The format will be reversed in week two.

Money raised from viewer voting will go towards BBC Children In Need.

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