Louis Smith looks to be lining up some eye-watering moves as he practises the splits for a Strictly Come Dancing routine.

The Olympic gymnast showed off his flexibility by performing the move as he rehearsed in a dance studio with partner Flavia Cacace.

Louis, 23, will be appearing in the show when it returns to BBC One tonight at 9pm with the first competitive live show of the series. Viewers had a taste of the programme last month when the celebrity dancers were introduced to their professional partners.

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Flavia - who was teamed with Russell Grant during last year's series - will be performing a Cha Cha Cha with Louis as they take to the floor for the first time.

The series continues tomorrow at 6.30pm when more of the stars show off their newly acquired skills. Rival show The X Factor will also begin its live shows tomorrow on ITV1.

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  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012

    Louis Smith and Flavia rehearse for their first dance dance together on BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing at Pineapple Dance Studios, London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012

    Louis Smith and Flavia rehearse for their first dance dance together on BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing at Pineapple Dance Studios, London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012

    Louis Smith and Flavia rehearse for their first dance dance together on BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing at Pineapple Dance Studios, London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012

    Denise Van Outen and James Jordan rehearse for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing at a LA Fitness studio in London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012

    Denise Van Outen and James Jordan rehearse for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing at a LA Fitness studio in London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012

    Denise Van Outen and James Jordan rehearse for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing at a LA Fitness studio in London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012

    Denise Van Outen and James Jordan rehearse for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing at a LA Fitness studio in London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012

    Denise Van Outen and James Jordan rehearse for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing at a LA Fitness studio in London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012

    Louis Smith and Flavia rehearse for their first dance dance together on BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing at Pineapple Dance Studios, London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012

    Louis Smith and Flavia rehearse for their first dance dance together on BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing at Pineapple Dance Studios, London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012

    Louis Smith and Flavia rehearse for their first dance dance together on BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing at Pineapple Dance Studios, London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012

    Louis Smith and Flavia rehearse for their first dance dance together on BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing at Pineapple Dance Studios, London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012

    Louis Smith and Flavia rehearse for their first dance dance together on BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing at Pineapple Dance Studios, London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012

    Louis Smith and Flavia rehearse for their first dance dance together on BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing at Pineapple Dance Studios, London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012

    Louis Smith and Flavia rehearse for their first dance dance together on BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing at Pineapple Dance Studios, London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012

    Louis Smith and Flavia rehearse for their first dance dance together on BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing at Pineapple Dance Studios, London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012

    Louis Smith and Flavia rehearse for their first dance dance together on BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing at Pineapple Dance Studios, London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012

    Louis Smith and Flavia rehearse for their first dance dance together on BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing at Pineapple Dance Studios, London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing

    Denise Van Outen and James Jordan rehearse for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing at a LA Fitness studio in London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012

    Louis Smith and Flavia rehearse for their first dance dance together on BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing at Pineapple Dance Studios, London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012

    Louis Smith and Flavia rehearse for their first dance dance together on BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing at Pineapple Dance Studios, London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012

    Louis Smith and Flavia rehearse for their first dance dance together on BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing at Pineapple Dance Studios, London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing

    Denise Van Outen and James Jordan rehearse for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing at a LA Fitness studio in London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing

    Denise Van Outen and James Jordan rehearse for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing at a LA Fitness studio in London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2012

    Louis Smith does the splits as he and Flavia Cacace rehearse for their first dance dance together on BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing at Pineapple Dance Studios, London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing

    Denise Van Outen and James Jordan rehearse for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing at a LA Fitness studio in London.

  • Strictly Come Dancing

    Denise Van Outen and James Jordan rehearse for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing at a LA Fitness studio in London.