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Wallasey-born celebrity chef Simon Rimmer joins Strictly Come Dancing line-up

Wallasey-born celebrity TV chef Simon Rimmer is the latest contestant to join the line-up for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing .

He made the announcement live on air during his Sunday morning Channel 4 show, and wasted no time in attempting some moves.

Simon, 54, is the seventh celebrity to be announced so far for the 15th series of the BAFTA award-winning entertainment show when it returns to BBC One in the autumn.

Also taking to the dance floor are soap stars Gemma Atkinson and Davood Ghadami, Holby City’s Joe McFadden, TV host Ruth Langsford, singer Mollie King and former Communards star Rev Richard Coles.

Simon told his Sunday Brunch co-host Tim Lovejoy he had “never danced in my life”, and joked since becoming a father he had lost any coordination between the top half and bottom half of his body.

The celebrity chef also joked he could easily beat off competition from his Strictly Come Dancing rivals unveiled so far.

Following the announcement, Simon said: “I am so excited, terrified and proud to be invited to be part of Strictly 2017.

“I’ve always been a huge fan of the show. When I put on my sequins and hit the floor it will genuinely be my very first time dancing ballroom and latin.

“Nobody will try harder, have more fun or get more out of it than me. I can’t wait.”

Sunday Brunch presenter Simon Rimmer who is the latest celebrity revealed to be taking part in this year‘s Strictly Come Dancing.
(Image: BBC/PA Wire)

Strictly is filmed on a Saturday so Rimmer intends to continue work on Sunday Brunch throughout the competition. He was set the target of reaching the round in Blackpool by Lovejoy.

Simon has retained his strong links with Merseyside region, where he has two gastro-pubs – The Elephant in Woolton Village, and The Viking in West Kirby.

His family still live in Wirral and he is a huge Liverpool FC fan.

But it is Simon’s TV work which has brought him his status as a celebrity chef.

Aside from his double-act with Tim Lovejoy on Sunday Brunch, he has presented and cooked on shows across the BBC, ITV, Channel 5 and UKTV – including Something for the Weekend, Tricks of the Restaurant Trade, Eat the Week, Great British Menu and Win It, Cook It.

He has also written five books and owns a total of nine restaurants in the north-west of England and another in Dubai.

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