Kym Marsh and Will Mellor sign up for Strictly Come Dancing

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Kym Marsh and Will Mellor have been revealed as the first two contestants of this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

The Hear'Say singer-turned-Corrie actress has signed up for the annual celebrity dancing competition alongside Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps actor Will.

"I'm nervous but I'm really looking forward to it," Kym said on BBC Breakfast on Thursday. "It's been a long time since I've been on stage, performing in that kind of way, so it's going to be really tricky, but I'm up for the challenge."

When asked how she might cope with negative feedback from the judges, Kym referenced her days on talent show Popstars, which led to the creation of Hear'Say in 2001.

"Listen, I was judged by Nasty Nigel (Lythgoe) in Popstars, he was the villain back in the day, so I think I'll be fine with it," she joked.

Will appeared earlier in the show and said he was "honestly so chuffed to be taking part" but admitted it was "getting a bit frightening now".

The remaining contestants will be announced over the next few weeks ahead of the programme's launch in September.

They will be judged by Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas, and new permanent judge Anton du Beke, who has replaced Bruno Tonioli.

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