The new stars of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ were out in force last night (1 September), as they came together for the first time at the show’s official launch.
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The likes of Peter Andre, Kellie Bright, Ainsley Harriott and Helen George sashayed their way down the red carpet outside the show’s studios at Elstree in Borehamwood, ahead of the new series beginning on Friday.
They were joined by fellow contestants Carol Kirkwood, Jeremy Vine, Georgia May Foote, Jay McGuiness, Kirsty Gallacher, Jamelia, Katie Derham, Anita Rani, Iwan Thomas, Anthony Ogogo and Daniel O’Donnell.
Hosts Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly also looked fabulous in their frocks as they posed for pictures, while judges Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel-Horwood all larked around for the cameras.
The team of professional dancers also put on a colourful display in their matching outfits.
This year, the pros are made up of Joanne Clifton, Kevin Clifton, Brendan Cole, Anton Du Beke, Karen Hauer, Ola Jordan, Pasha Kovalev, Natalie Lowe, Tristan MacManus, Janette Manrara, Kristina Rihanoff, Aljaž Škorjanec and Aliona Vilani, and they will be joined by newbies Otlile Mabuse, Giovanni Pernice and Gleb Savchenko.
Iveta Lukosiute and Trent Whiddon have both left the show after the last series, and while Robin Windsor was due to return after having to take a break from the show following a back injury, he is still too unfit to take to the floor.
‘Strictly Come Dancing’ returns on Saturday at 7.15pm on BBC One, when it will be revealed which contestants the professional dancers have been partnered with.