53-year-old Krishnan Guru-Murthy will be partnered with Birmingham-born dancer Lauren Oakley, in her debut year as a Strictly professional. Having joined Channel 4 News in 1998, he’s the broadcaster’s longest-serving current presenter. He’s also a regular on Unreported World, which has seem him deliver stories from countries including Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Iraq, and Yemen and has commentated on the Paralympics ceremonies. 

“I’m surprised, delighted and slightly confused to find myself taking part in Strictly on the basis of ‘you only live once!’ and I can’t wait to start learning to dance, but I am slightly worried about my general decrepitude,” he said. “I know I’m going to love it and have a brilliant time and just hope I’m not the only one enjoying my participation.”

Betting odds to win: 66/1

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