BBC Radio 1 presenter Dev Griffin joins Strictly Come Dancing 2019

Strictly Come Dancing have signed up Radio 1 DJ Dev Griffin for the 17th series of the NTA and BAFTA award-winning entertainment show.

Heading back to TV screens this autumn, Dev joins a number of familiar faces including footballer David James, RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage and paralympic table tennis champion Will Bayley.

The entertainer, who got his first presenting gig on CBBC’s Smile in 2002, revealed he “wants to win”.

Discussing heading to the famous ballroom, he said: “I just can’t believe I’m doing Strictly, it just doesn’t feel real yet!

“It’s going to be so much fun, but just to be clear, I’m not doing this to take part, I’m totally in it to win it!

“I can’t wait to meet my partner and start practicing.”

The news was revealed earlier today on Nick Grimshaw’s drive time show on BBC Radio 1, with Jordan North covering the big reveal.

Dev is no stranger to competitions, having competed on Celebrity MasterChef, getting through to the final, as well as hosting the BAFTA TV Awards and most recently appearing on Channel 4’s SAS Who Dares Wins for Stand Up To Cancer.

Best known for presenting on BBC Radio 1, Dev began his career in children’s television on BBC Two every Sunday morning as a presenter and DJ to millions of young people.

After a stint on BBC’s 1Xtra, before a long stint hosting early breakfast, warming the nation up for then host Chris Moyles, Dev can be found hosting the now hugely popular weekend afternoon shows on Radio 1 from 1-4pm with Alice Levine.

Dev Griffin is the thirteenth celebrity contestant confirmed for the brand new series, and will meet his soon-to-be partner on the launch show at the end of the month.

This year’s judging panel has also received a shake up with Darcey Bussell bowing out after seven series.

Motsi Mabuse will fill in Darcey’s shoes, and she has previously starred as a professional dancer and judge in Germany’s answer to the show Let’s Dance.

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