Holly Valance to appear on Strictly

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Holly Valance is to take part in this year's 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The former 'Neighbours' actress - who will be paired with new Siberian professional dancer Pasha Kovalev - is set to appear on the BBC One show when it returns to TV screens next month, and bosses believe the sexy star will help "spice up" the series.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Producers are thrilled they have got Holly as she will really spice up the show. They are planning to pair her with a hot pro in the hope sparks will fly."

Holly - who is dating billionaire property developer Nick Candy - will not be the only former 'Neighbours' star taking part, as Jason Donovan is also rumoured to have signed up, alongside astrologer Russell Grant, ex-footballer Robbie Savage and Nancy Dell'Olio, who was famous for her fiery relationship with former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson.

Meanwhile, Alesha Dixon says she will defend herself against fellow judge Bruno Tonioli and his wandering hands after he almost caused her a wardrobe malfunction live on air last year.

She said: "Last year I think a boob nearly fell out. He pulled me a few times, he nearly pulled my hair out.

"I'm debating whether to take a helmet and shield on set!"

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