Strictly reveals CBBC star Molly Rainford has signed up for 2022 series

STRICTLY Come Dancing has revealed its latest 2022 signing – CBBC star Molly Rainford.

The 21-year-old has been dubbed an “intergalactic pop superstar” who first found fame aged 11 when she became the youngest ever finalist of Britain’s Got Talent.

Strictly's latest signing Molly Rainford

Strictly’s latest signing Molly RainfordCredit: BBC

Announcing she’s joined this year’s line-up, Strictly’s social media posted: “Say hello to Molly Rainford, she’s an intergalactic pop superstar from @CBBC and she’s here to star on #Strictly!”

As the news broke, Molly said: “I’m so excited to be part of Strictly Come Dancing.

“I’ve watched it for years and can’t wait to meet the pros and the others taking part! I can’t wait to learn the moves and get dancing!”

The singer and actress found fame young, but chose to continue her studies after BGT, Simon Cowell and Sony Music honoured Molly with their first ever drama school scholarship at internationally renowned Sylvia Young Theatre School.

Since graduating, Molly is currently starring in the lead role as intergalactic pop superstar ‘Nova Jones’ in the hit CBBC show Nova Jones.

This Autumn, Molly will be seen across CBBC screens as Nova Jones returns for series two – with a third on the way.

She originally starred in the 2012 series of Britain’s Got Talent, which was won by dog act Ashleigh and Pudsey.

Molly ended up finishing an impressive sixth overall.

After the TV competition, she stuck with singing, going to music college and collaborating on tracks with the likes of Plan B.

Molly released an EP called Commitment in 2019 which racked up more than 2million streams.

The star followed it up with a collection of festive tracks called Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).

Molly has been shortlisted for best newcomer at the 2022 Variety Club Showbusiness Awards and has released two EP’s, including single Commitment, which has garnered over two million streams to date.

Molly joins Will Mellor, Kym Marsh, Richie Anderson, Jayde Adams, Ellie Simmonds, Kaye Adams, Tyler West, Matt Goss and Ellie Taylor in our line-up. 

Last night The Sun revealed ex-Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton has also signed up to the show following her marriage split.

Helen, 39, only announced her break with rugby league ace husband Richie Myler, 32, in April — four months after their third child was born.

He was by then already dating marketing executive Stephanie Thirkill, 32.

She will hope the BBC1 contest — famous for sparking romances — could boost her confidence and help her to find happiness again.