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Strictly Come Dancing 2017 cast: Favourites revealed as celebrities confirmed

10 September 2017

She said: "People can criticise me all they want, but I've worked tirelessly for LGBT equality my whole life and right now I would like to dance and bring entertainment to people by dancing on a Saturday night".

"For the gay community to criticise me and to try and get me to do what they want to do is, I think, as hard as suggesting the straight community are trying to... nobody is holding me hostage in this room, making me wear a dress and dance with a man".

The former JLS member was initially priced as a 4/1 shot to take the Glitterball trophy, however as Aston is well known for his keen dance moves, having showcased them on the X Factor and while he was a judge on Got To Dance, punters quickly latched onto him to win. "Now I'd just like to dance".

It was followed by a stunning ballroom dance by the show's team of professional performers to Frank Sinatra's Fly Me To The Moon.

She added: "There will be a time for same-sex dancing".

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Strictly featured its first same-sex dance back in 2014, when professional dancer Robin Windsor danced with reigning champion Aljaž Skorjanec. "I have protested, I have picketed, I have fought, I have been spat on, I have been punched - and I want to dance", she said.

"Through a very very strict eye I will definitely be looking for footwork and which part of the foot is used, ' she said, adding she'd also be focusing on 'co-ordination and synchronisation". It seems to me as a woman, he's not getting it the same way I am. I think for the gay community, specifically, there will be a time for same-sex dancing. "I seem to be getting the brunt of the LGBT community".

'A lot of people are supportive about my decision but it's making this about my sexuality, instead of a woman wanting to learn how to dance.

Outsiders include magician's assistant Debbie McGee (25/1), Vicar Richard Coles (40/1), entertainer Brian Conley (40/1), former Holby City actress Chizzy Akudolu (50/1), Sunday Brunch's Simon Rimmer (50/1), comedian Susan Calman (50/1) and This Morning's Ruth Langsford (50/1).

Strictly Come Dancing 2017 cast: Favourites revealed as celebrities confirmed