It has just been confirmed that new mum Frankie Sandford will be taking part in this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

Announcing the news on BBC Breakfast, the Saturdays star said: "I'm such a huge fan of Strictly! I've always wanted to be a part of the show – it looks like so much fun and the costumes are just gorgeous.

"Like so many little girls, I used to take dance lessons when I was in primary school and I really love dancing but this is going to be so different from anything I have done with the Saturdays. I just can't wait to get started!",

The 25 year-old, who married footballer Wayne Bridge last month, after giving birth to their son earlier this year, also took to Twitter to tell fans of her excitement. She wrote: "It's finally out there! I'll be dancing the night away on @bbcstrictly."

The gruelling weekly rehearsals will undoubtedly come easy to the star, who has been in the spotlight performing since she was 12.

Before The Saturdays launched their debut album Chasing Lights in 2008, Frankie had already been in the successful S Club Juniors for several years.

This year is set to be the most hectic yet for the singer, as the band is scheduled to head out on tour throughout September – the same time Strictly is expected to start.

The Saturdays will "take a break" after their Greatest Hits tour wraps up at the end of the year, with the other members – Rochelle Humes, Mollie King, Una Foden and Venessa White – all reportedly keen to focus on their own projects after seven years together as a group.

Frankie will go up against 14 other celebrities taking part in the competition later this year. Among the stars rumoured to be featuring in this year's Strictly are football pundit Alan Hansen, tennis star Andy Murray's mum Judy, TV presenter Caroline Flack, former Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan, and her fiance, Mark Wright.

Tess Daly will be back to present the show alongside Claudia Winkleman, who will replace Sir Bruce Forsyth, after he stepped down after a decade of fronting the show.