POP sensation and Essex girl Pixie Lott has been confirmed as the eleventh celebrity taking part in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Pixie, who lives in Brentwood and went to Brentwood County High School, confirmed the news earlier today following a series of cryptic clues posted to her 1.65 million followers on Twitter, which prompted a flurry of speculation from her followers.

She began by tweeting: “Ahh, got something very special to reveal soon cats…”

The 23-year-old singer-songwriter, model and actress’s first two singles went straight to number one and her debut album sold over 1.5 million copies. Pixie has gone on to make three albums and has had a string of best-selling hits including Mama Do and Cry Me Out.

Pixie said: “I'm so excited to be doing Strictly, it's going to be a lot of fun. I always want to push myself as a performer so can't wait to learn the routines.”

Pixie, who recently wowed crowds at Chelmsford’s V Festival, joins Frankie Bridge, Judy Murray, Alison Hammond, Thom Evans, Simon Webbe, Mark Wright, Sunetra Sarker, Jake Wood, Steve Backshall and Scott Mills in this year’s battle for the ballroom.

Four more celebrities are still to be confirmed.