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‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Pairings: The Professional Dancer And Celebrity Couples Have Been Revealed

And here's why two of the pros haven't got partners...

04/09/2016 09:29 | Updated 04 September 2016
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The 2016 series of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ is officially underway, and the first order of business during Saturday (3 September) night’s launch show was to pair up the celebrities and professional dancers.

This year’s contestants will be spending an awful lot of time training with their pro partners in the coming weeks, as they attempt to learn moves that should take months to master, in just a matter of weeks.

So, without further ado, here’s who they’ll be dancing with…

The couples now have three weeks to go off and practice, practice, practice, ahead of the live shows which begin later this month.

As many eagle-eyed fans noticed, two of the professionals don’t actually have partners - but we’ll still see plenty of them during the series. 

Chloe Hewitt and Neil Jones don’t have celeb partners but a source has explained the move to Radio Times, telling the magazine: “The show doesn’t see it as putting people on the bench at all.

“It’s a case of having enough people to cover everything as the show gets bigger. There’s more and more stuff for them to do. They’ll still be part of the family. There’ll be no ‘you’re a substitute’ or anything like that.

“It’s a nice introduction to the show. It’s one big happily family... It’s a way for viewers to get to know the new pro dancers.”

See all the pictures from the launch show, including the couples getting paired up, below…

Strictly Come Dancing Couples 2016

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