Chris Evans announced the exciting news on today’s Radio 2 Breakfast Show, with him telling listeners that the musician and Church of England priest would be strutting his stuff on the dance floor.
Richard joked: “It was an easy decision to make, because obviously a major dance talent was to be discovered. [I’m] in it to win it!
“I’ve cut down on pork pies…my partner has practically put a padlock on the fridge!”
The journalist also said: “Cometh the hour, cometh the overweight Vicar with arthritis in his knees.”
Reverend Richard Coles – who co-hosts BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live – is the only Vicar in Britain to have had a number one hit single with pop band The Communards in the 1980s, who went on to have three UK top ten hits and the biggest-selling single of 1986, Don’t Leave Me This Way.
Richard recently co-hosted BBC One’s The Big Painting Challenge and is a regular contributor to ‘Pause for Thought’ on the Radio 2, BBC One’s Have I Got News For You and QI.
The latest Strictly announcement comes after Gemma Atkinson was confirmed as the fourth celebrity to be taking part in the latest series of the dancing show on BBC Breakfast yesterday.
Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty did the honours, with Gemma appearing on the show, saying: “I felt so snide lying to all my family. My mum’s obviously known.
“I just want to challenge myself and do something I’ve not done before.
“I did disco dancing from age nine to ten, but it was kind of cartwheels across the floor. As far as dance training goes I’ve not had any.”
Ruth Langsford was the third star to be confirmed, with her and husband Eamonn Holmes announcing the news on This Morning earlier this week.
Ruth joins Mollie King, 35, and Davood Ghadami, 35, on the list of stars who have been confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing so far.
The Saturdays singer Mollie was the first contestant to be revealed earlier this week, with Radio One Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw, 32, announcing the news on Monday.
EastEnders actor Davood, who plays Kush Kazemi on the soap, was unveiled as the second Strictly hopeful on Tuesday.
Strictly Come Dancing returns next month to BBC One.