Daniel O'Donnell
Irish singer and entertainer Daniel O'Donnell

Irish singer and entertainer Daniel O'Donnell has been confirmed as the eighth contestant on this year's Strictly Come Dancing. Despite being in showbiz for more than three decades and selling millions of albums, O'Donnell said he was still nervous to show off his dance moves in front of the nation. "I can put a few steps together, but can I dance to the level I need to dance? Well, that's a whole other ball game," he said.

On 19 August, singer and reality TV star Peter Andre was announced as the seventh contestant. The Mysterious Girl singer said he had asked to take part in the show before, but had been forced to turn it down.

"Strictly Come Dancing is an incredible show," he said. "I've always loved watching it on TV and, to be honest, I'm flattered to have been asked to take part before, but due to certain work commitments was unable to. I now feel the time is right to give it a go – everything has just clicked into place to do it this year."

On 18 August, BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood was announced as the sixth celebrity to be joining the line-up. She revealed the news on BBC Breakfast, where she admitted: "I can't believe this at all. It's been a dream for so long that I can't believe that it is finally happening. I can't even waltz, I'm useless!"

Other famous faces confirmed for the hit show include broadcaster Jeremy Vine, TV chef Ainsley Harriott, EastEnders actress Kellie Bright, Coronation Street star Georgia May Foote and presenter Katie Derham. Many celebrities are still rumoured to be entering the competition, which usually has around 15 contestants.

The show returns to BBC One for its 13th series in September 2015 and will see Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman return as hosts.