Who is Mollie King? Strictly Come Dancing 2017 contestant, Saturdays singer and David Gandy’s ex

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MOLLIE King is a member of girl band The Saturdays and is now following in band mate Frankie Bridge’s footsteps by going for glory on Strictly.

The blonde performer – who has had a string of famous fellas – has that key dance experience that may give her the edge. But what do we know about her?

 Mollie King is one of the five members of The Saturdays

Mollie King is one of the five members of The Saturdays

Who is Mollie King, how old is she and what’s her background?

Mollie King is a singer and model from Wandsworth in London, best-known for being one fifth of The Saturdays.

As a youngster Mollie was a skiing champion and a finalist in the Miss Guildford beauty pageant.

The 30-year-old began her rise to fame by auditioning for The X Factor in 2005 aged 18, where she clashed with Sharon Osbourne over her chosen outfit despite impressing with her vocal.

She returned in 2007 as part of girl band Fallen Angelz, but they did not progress past the Bootcamp round.

Then in that same year Mollie auditioned to be part of girl band The Saturdays, alongside the likes of Frankie Sandford, who had been a member of S Club Juniors.

As soon as they’d formed the group toured with Girls Aloud, and they eventually released four albums, selling five million of them.

 Mollie, centre, with the rest of The Saturdays

Mollie, centre, with the rest of The Saturdays

Among their best-known songs are Ego, Issues and their cover of Just Can’t Get Enough.

After seven years in action and four tours, plus their own show called Chasing The Saturdays, the band went on permanent hiatus in 2014.

In 2017 the band reunited for the first time to celebrate the decade since they formed.

Mollie released her first debut single, Back To You, in 2016 but as yet no solo album is forthcoming.

Is Mollie single?

Having dated Andy Brown, lead singer of Lawson, Mollie entered a high profile romance with British model David Gandy in 2011.

Their relationship lasted ten months, but they got back together in 2015, only to split again the following year.

Since then Mollie has been spotted with a few mystery men, and has admitted to fancying DJ Calvin Harris, but doesn’t appear to have a boyfriend at the moment.

 Mollie went out with model David Gandy on and off

Mollie went out with model David Gandy on and off

When is Strictly Come Dancing 2017 on and who are the judges?

Strictly Come Dancing launched on September 9 on BBC One, with the live shows kicking off on September 23.

Strictly always airs on BBC One in two parts. The main show is on Saturday normally around 7pm and the results show airs on Sunday at a similar time.

There will be a Christmas special again in 2017, with the celebrity participants expected to be announced in early November.

This year sees a new judging lineup after head judge Len Goodman retired.

He will be replaced by Shirley Ballas who joins returning judges Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel-Horwood on the panel.

There will be three new professional dancers joining the existing pros; Dianne Buswell, Amy Dowden and Nadiya Bychkova.

The Saturdays’ Mollie King revealed as Strictly Come Dancing 2017 contestant

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