Catherine Tyldesley, Anneka Rice, Emma Barton and Saffron Barker led the stars at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2019 – which took place on the last banking holiday Monday of the summer.
The glamor ladies got out in the heat of London and put on striking cocktail dresses to greet the crowd during the inaugural event for the 17th season.
Coronation Street actress Catherine, 35, got out in a fairy-tale-like dress in violet and turquoise, studded with shiny glitters.
She wore her caramel locks in light waves, tied in a high ponytail and cascading around her bare shoulders.
Broadcaster Anneka, 60, channeled flapper style from the 1920s, with a turquoise dress, showing off her skinny pins.
EastEnders actress Emma, 42, went for a Spanish-inspired song, all red, with frills and flowers in abundance and a flamboyant split at the front.
She wore her brunette locks in light waves around her features and looked very excited to get started with the show.
Get started: Catherine and James Cracknell (L) held each other's hands as they greeted the crowd while Emma and Dev Griffin (R) waved to the audience
Greetings Anneka: Mrs. Rice accompanied CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual on stage, who bowed to the broadcasting legend
Beautiful: broadcaster Anneka, 60, channeled flapper-style 1920s, with a turquoise dress, showing off her skinny pins (L) while Wiscountess Emma Weymouth looked sweet in a pink floral number (R)
Jumping for joy: BBC breakfast star Mike Bushell was seen in action
Excited: Saffron, of YouTube fame, wore a lace electric blue mini dress with feathered details, her blonde locks tumbling loosely around her shoulders (L), while lioness football star Alex Scott bewildered in yellow (R)
Give us a twist: the ladies were accompanied on stage by (L-R) Will Bayley and Chris Ramsey
Saffron, 19, of YouTube fame, wore a lace electric blue mini dress with feathered details, her blonde locks tumbling loosely around her shoulders.
Lioness football player Alex Scott looked fantastic in a golden dress when she joined fellow sportswoman Will Bayley, who looked sharp in a plum velvet suit.
Emma Weymouth and Chris Ramsey enjoyed a turn on stage, the Viscountess looks sweet in a pink floral song and the comedian who puts on a sparkling navy ballroom outfit.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, who jointly organize the annual BBC dance competition, looked excited to be back when they walked hand in hand on stage.
Claudia, 47, closed her usual black dress and wowed in an elaborate sparkling pantsuit.
First ladies: Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, who together organize the annual BBC dance competition, looked excited to be back when they walked hand in hand on stage
The presenter looked fantastic in the striking number, with a shimmering red blazer and tailor-made pants.
She compensated for the rouge with bright pink heels and a complimenting manicure and wore her ravens in their characteristic rugged, short-cut style.
Tess, 50, swept her hand in a dark teal blue velvet dress in a close-fitting design with a bold side slit.
She added shimmering silver heels and large earrings to her look, wore her blonde locks in flowing waves around her shoulders and sprinkled a light turquoise shade on her eyes.
Here come the girls: the glamorous duo came on stage to greet the crowd at the opening event
They are ba-ack! Claudia and Tess resumed their role as co-host of the show while posing for snaps prior to launch
Off-brand: Claudia, 47, closed her usual black dress, wowing in an elaborate sparkling pantsuit. The presenter looked fantastic in the striking number, with a shimmering red blazer and tailor-made pants
Star-spangled: she compensated the rouge with bright pink heels and a complimenting manicure, while wearing her ravens in their characteristic rugged, short-cut style
Golden girl: Tess, 50, dragged beside her hand in a dark blue velvet dress in a close-fitting design with a bold side slit. She added shimmering silver heels and large earrings to her look, wore her blonde locks in flowing waves around her shoulders and sprinkled a light turquoise shade on her eyes
Earlier in the day, all eyes were on pro dancers Katya and Neil Jones who announced last week that they were getting a divorce.
But the pair looked like the friendliest exes when they rehearsed on stage prior to the launch.
The former couple were cheerful when they danced together. Katya, 30, wearing pink printed shorts and a black vest, beamed as her future ex-husband put an arm around her waist before lifting her off her feet during a particularly energetic routine.
Close: They announced their divorce just over a week ago, but Katya and Neil Jones looked like the nicest exes when they rehearsed for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing on Monday
Turning away: Katya showed her skills while Neil watched as they prepared for the launch of the red carpet
Despite the fact that they split up after six years of marriage, the couple suggested that they had spent their weekend together after a joint appearance at Alton FC football club in Hampshire.
The couple was filmed by participating in a spontaneous penalty shoot at the Wessex League Division One club on Sunday, and seemed to be close despite claims that a lack of passion contributed to the collapse of their marriage.
A source told The sun: & # 39; Neil was very open about the fact that there was no passion between them – that they had no sex.
Back together: the former couple were excited when they entered the stage for rehearsals at the London TV Center prior to the event to promote the upcoming seventeenth series of the long-running show
Here we go: Neil was accompanied by a second dance partner when they performed an energetic routine with her husband on Monday
In safe hands: Katya did not collapse when Neil lifted her into the air and flung her around
Super movements: the redhead dances his katy with ease and proves his strength and endurance
Tricks: the dance partners set up a professional show while rehearsing together with their strictly co-stars
& # 39; He said they spent all their evenings on the couch together in comfortable onesies and watched Disney movies like The Lion King and The Little Mermaid.
& # 39; They had been together for so long that they were clearly close, but as friends. The intimacy had disappeared from the marriage. & # 39;
The publication also reported that the British performer & # 39; insinuated & # 39; that Katya & # 39; jealous & # 39; was on him when he became more famous and that he believes he & # 39; bigger than Anton Du Beke & # 39; could be.
Good company: despite the recent termination of their marriage, the Russian dancer and British performer smiled and laughed together
However, there was no sign of animosity because they performed numerous well-executed routines before they changed partners.
Other stars to attend the event on Monday included Karen Clifton, who worked sweat at TV Center during rehearsals prior to the launch of the red carpet.
The professional dancer placed her incredibly tight physique completely in a set in small black sportswear while perfecting her footwork for the press event.
The Latin American dance specialist looked every inch at the fitness fanatic and wowed in a simple bralet, tied with matching shorts.
Middle Stage: Other stars who attended the event on Monday were Karen Clifton, who sweats at TV Center during rehearsals
Amazing: the latin dance specialist looks every inch at the fitness fanatic and wowed in a simple bralet, tied with matching shorts while she danced with Aljaž Škorjanec
That's better: the professional dancer dried herself off with a towel after a sweat exercise during the rehearsals
Practice makes perfect: Karen Clifton worked with her ex-husband Kevin on Monday during rehearsals in London, prior to the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2019 on the red carpet
Impressive: Karen changed into a more elaborate outfit from a dazzling golden dress covered with precious stones and with strips of pure material that flowed over her legs
Bombshell: Karen caused a storm in her sexy outfit while she smiled from ear to ear
Zestful: The stars showed their talent while rehearsing with all their energy in the heat
I have you: Anton Du Beke performed an equally energetic routing
The choreographer injected a touch of glamor into her dressed-up look with brown sandal heels and tied a denim shirt around her waist.
Karen had minimal make-up and showed her naturally radiant complexion, while her edgy hairstyle was worn in a messy style.
Let's dance: meanwhile Anton was accompanied by a dancer while they were preparing for another routine
Impressive: the dancer showed off his upper body strength while lifting his co-ballroom pro off her feet
Professional dancer Giovanni Pernice, 28, seemed to sweat in the heat wave while working on his excessive footwork for the big show.
The Italian resident wiped the sweat from his forehead with his gray vest top and flaunted his abs.
It was impossible to miss Dianne Buswell as she went on stage with Kevin Clifton because of her bright red locks that she swung back and forth while she was laying leggings and printed a white T-shirt with a provocative pair of lips bound to expose her diaphragm to lay.
Hot and awkward: Giovanni Pernice felt the heat while rehearsing Monday afternoon
Exhausted: the professional dancer wiped the sweat away while the temperatures rose outside the TV center
Fancy footwork: Giovanni was later accompanied by colleague Strictly pro Neil
Wow: it was impossible to miss Dianne Buswell because of her bright red locks with which she swung while she printed and printed a leggings and a white T-shirt with a provocative pair of lips that she tied up to expose her diaphragm
Professional: Kevin kept it casual in a navy and white striped top with long sleeves and black chino pants while effortlessly lifting petite Dianne
Dancing Queen: Dianne looked at ease as she danced with Kevin
Kevin kept it casual in a navy and white striped top with long sleeves and black chino pants while effortlessly lifting petite Dianne.
Janette Manrara showed off her physique-enhanced physique in close-fitting leggings and a translucent black vest covered with dots.
She danced alongside her husband Aljaž Škorjanec, who turned her around in a black vest and jeans.
Impressive: Dianne showed her flexibility while making a split in the air
Sporty: Janette Manrara showed off her physique-enhanced physique in a close-fitting leggings and a translucent black vest covered with dots
Gifted: Oti Mabuse looked like the professional every inch while she rehearsed
Oti Mabuse looked professional while rehearsing with a T-shirt decorated with & # 39; limited edition & # 39; and form-fitting leggings.
Elsewhere in the show, Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman couldn't control their excitement when they greeted crowds outside the London location.
Tess, 50, slipped into a white polka dot summer dress and glowed positively when she joined Claudia for rehearsals in front of star-studded red carpet extravaganza.
Tess dropped her blonde locks over her shoulders and combined her stylish dress with a pair of beige stiletto heels and large white-rimmed sunglasses as she entered the stage.
Husband and wife: she danced alongside her husband Aljaž Škorjanec, who turned her around in a black vest and jeans
Elegant: Elsewhere show hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman could not contain their excitement when they greeted crowds outside the London location
Beautiful: Tess, 50, slipped into a white polka dot summer dress and glowed positively when she arrived at Claudia for rehearsals in front of star-studded red carpet extravaganza
Relaxed: Meanwhile, Claudia kept her look simple in an oversized black sweater under a black dress
Meanwhile, Claudia kept her look simple in an oversized black sweater under a black dress.
The duo looked cheerful while they were lying behind their sunglasses and proving their close friendship while holding each other's hands and giggling.
The jury were also spotted – Craig Revel Horwood, 54, Bruno Tonioli, 63, Shirley Ballas, 58, and the latest addition to jury members Motsi Mabuse, 38 – the four were dressed to perfection in their finery with Craig and Bruno boldly wearing displays in tuxedo and Motsi and Shirley in beautiful evening dresses.
Judges: also seen was the jury panel – Craig Revel Horwood, 54, Bruno Tonioli, 63, Shirley Ballas, 58, and the newest addition to the judges line-up Motsi Mabuse, 38 – the four were dressed to perfection in their finery with Craig and Bruno put on bold displays in tuxedos and Motsi and Shirley in beautiful evening dresses
Living it! Craig, Motsi and Shirley looked into their element while they danced on stage
Newcomer: Motsi Mabuse certainly made an impression when she arrived at the rehearsals for the show's red carpet event in a giant pink tulle skirt on Monday
Glam: Motsi was amazed in the show-stopping skirt, which blew out sensationally and made her arrival on the jury panel known
Stylish: Motsi added a touch of bling with statement earrings and rings layered on her fingers
Amazing: Age-defying Shirley slipped into a cobalt blue semi-pure pleated dress with a white detailing that cupped under her bust and squeezed her slender waist
Suave: Bruno & # 39; s jazzy suit was made from a black velvet animal printed brocade material
Oh la la! Shirley lifted her skirt to expose her tanned pins, and later Bruno wrapped his arm around Shirley
Age-defying Shirley slipped into a cobalt blue semi-pure pleated dress with a white detailing that cupped under her bust and pinched her slender waist.
The show-stopping garment had a long white train that waved when the wind came under the satin material.
Motsi combined the drama in a black off-shoulder top with a red layered tulle skirt that was pulled on her midriff with a black leather belt decorated with a gold buckle.
Larking about: Later a few celebrities came up and used the time to rehearse
Jokers: Jamie and David James danced around in their relaxation clothes and struggled to contain their excitement as they bent their knees while clicking their fingers
Oops! David looked frustrated as if he had confused his beautiful footwork
Sweet: James Cracknell, 47, and Catherine Tyldesley, 35, practiced a fun routine in which the sportsman kissed the actors' hands
Trendy: Catherine looked like a vision in a yellow summer dress that hung around her nimble figure and sneakers
Elegant: the beauty tied her caramel in a ponytail and showed off a face with radiant makeup
Edgy: James put on leather pants and a black T-shirt
One step at a time: Emma Barton, 42, took the stage with Dev Griffin, 34, to rehearse before entering their performance ensembles
Movers and shakers: Radio DJ Dev cut a casual figure in a black T-shirt and skinny jeans and kept his curls out of his face by tying his locks in a ponytail
Later a few celebrities came up and used the time to rehearse.
Made in Chelsea's Jamie Laing en voetballer David James dansten rond in hun ontspanningskleding en worstelden om hun opwinding te bedwingen terwijl ze hun knieën bogen en tegelijkertijd hun vingers klikten.
James Cracknell, 47, en Catherine Tyldesley, 35, oefenden een schattige routine uit waarbij de sportman de hand van de acteurs kuste.
Catherine keek naar een visioen in een gele zomerjurk die om haar lenige figuur en sportschoenen hing.
De schoonheid bond haar karamel vast in een paardenstaart en pronkte met een gezicht met stralende make-up.
Hier komt hij: Deelnemer Jamie Laing zag zijn weg naar TV Center maken voor het evenement van maandagavond
Kan niet wachten: de Made In Chelsea-ster zag er opgewonden uit toen hij zich bij collega-gasten aansloot bij het evenement, waar hij werd vergezeld door de voormalige Engelse doelman David
Vrienden: James omhelsde een vriendin terwijl ze buiten in de zon aan het babbelen waren
Let's talk: Jamie talked outside the studio and talked to a group of friends
Beauty: the singer, 51, came on stage in a beautiful night-blue handkerchief zoom dress that slid over her slender figure
Dance shoes: the Strictly girls helped create an elegant formation, while the boys performed a series of tricks and lifts behind the pop superstar
Emma Barton, 42, liep het podium op met Dev Griffin, 34, om te repeteren voordat ze hun performance-ensembles binnengingen.
De mooie actrice droeg een flodderige zwarte jurk en straalde van oor tot oor terwijl ze hand in hand met haar co-ster liep.
Radio DJ Dev sneed een casual figuur in een zwart T-shirt en een skinny jeans en hield zijn krullen uit zijn gezicht door zijn lokken vast te binden in een paardenstaart.
Op het evenement verscheen Kylie Minogue, 51, op het podium in een prachtige middernachtblauwe zakdoekzoomjurk, die haar slanke figuur omhulde.
Kylie matched the blue neon images in the background in the beautiful dress, with a deep neckline and white piping.
The I should Be So Lucky hit maker added a boost to her petite frame with gold-studded heels and wore her blonde hair in elegant waves.
Striking: the star effortlessly looked stylish while staggering through the BBC studios & # 39; s
Hot under the collar: the singer fanned out herself as she struggled to stay cool in the sweltering heat
Presence on stage: Kylie looked glamorous on the stage with glittering gold spangles
At work: The Strictly men threw themselves around Kylie
Kylie seemed excited about the launch when she entered the stage to perform some of her latest hits.
The star drove around with the Strictly professionals and made sure that she repeated the movements for the big launch night.
The Strictly girls helped create an elegant formation, while the boys performed a series of tricks and lifts behind the pop superstar.
Kylie has been busy touring the UK with tracks from her latest album Golden, which was released in April 2018.
This year's line-up has a range of celebrities, including Corrie & Catherine Tyldesley, Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing and YouTube sensation Saffron Barker.
And it all goes on Strictly HQ because they also released their first teaser prior to the first show next month.
The reality show offered fans a peek behind the scenes of the upcoming promo, which plays the pros in a series of theatrical costumes.
Fan: Tess omhelsde de pint-sized popster nadat ze het podium betrad en Kylie zag er gelukkig uit terwijl ze het mooie moment met Tess deelde
Fan: Tess omhelsde de pint-sized popster nadat ze het podium betrad en Kylie zag er gelukkig uit terwijl ze het mooie moment met Tess deelde
The new clip teases Anton Du Beke, Katya Jones, Kevin Clifton and AJ Pritchard preparing for the first look.
Meanwhile, both Gorka Marquez and Graziano Di Prima were not central to the promotion after confirming that he will not be a partner of a celebrity for this year's series.
In a statement he shared on Instagram, Gorka said: & # 39; For anyone asking, I can tell you that this series will unfortunately not be a partner of a celebrity for the Strictly main series.
& # 39; However, I will still be closely involved with all group numbers and all things Strict! I am delighted to see this year's celebrities and my fellow professionals dance for the Glitter Ball and I hope to fight for it again next year.
& # 39; As always, it will be a GREAT series. & # 39;
Undercover: The production team wanted to keep their outfits a surprise, so the professionals wore oversized T-shirts atop of their outfits
Cha-cha-cha: At one point, Kevin and Katya were paired up to dance together
Sizzling: Katya demonstrated her sexy nature as she lifted her leg and twirled
Footloose: The professionals took a little breather in between routines
Supportive: Debbie McGee, 60, who appeared in the 2017 series of Strictly came along to the event to show support to the new celebrities
STRICTLY COMING DANCING 2019: WHO ARE THE STARS?
Doing the Funny Fandango: Chris is known for his career in comedy
Name: Chris Ramsey
Famous for? Comedian and TV presenter
About Chris: With two series of The Chris Ramsey Show under his belt, he is also a regular face in other entertainment shows such as Celebrity Juice, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Live at the Comedy Store. He has also appeared on TV hosting Stand Up Central, and I am a Celebrity: Extra Camp. In addition to his television work, Chris has also completed sold-out trips in the UK. Chris toured the UK last year with his 106 date stand-up tour Chris Ramsay Live 2018: The Just Happy To Get Out of the House Tour.
Chris says: & # 39; I am both enthusiastic and absolutely terrified of doing the show. You won't find me on the dance floor at parties, you'll find me at the buffet table. The whole night. At my wedding I danced with my wife; that one song took about 6 months to practice, and I certainly stood on her feet a few times. So I'm looking forward to the possibility of making a fool of myself for millions of people … there is better a buffet after the live shows! & # 39;
Waltzing from Walford: Emma plays Honey Mitchell on EastEnders
Name: Emma Barton
Famous for? Honey Mitchell play in EastEnders from 2005 to 2008 and then return to the role from 2014 to the present.
About Emma: In addition to many roles on the screen, Emma is also an accomplished stage actress with theater credits including: Roxie Hart in Chicago; Dolly in the production of the National Theater of One Man Two Guvnors; Vera in Doctor in the House; Lily in Annie; Marty in fat; Eileen in Over the Moon. She recently ran the London Marathon as one of Dame Barbara Windsor's "Revolutionaries" in support of Dementia Revolution.
Emma says: & # 39; As one of the biggest Strictly fans in the world, I still can't believe this is happening. I am very much a dance around your handbag, quite a girl, but now I have had this great opportunity to learn all the different styles of dancing from the very best in the business. So, I turn off Honey & # 39; s Minute Mart tabard and dive right into all the glitter & sparkle. From Albert Square to the Strictly dance floor – I just can't wait! & # 39;
From football to foxtrot: David is a keeper, artist and expert
Name: David James MBE
Famous for? Former keeper of England.
About David: David started his career at Watford and then played for a number of clubs, including Liverpool, where he raised the League Cup in 1994-95 and Portsmouth, which he helped with the success of the FA Cup in 2007-08. He collected 53 caps for his country during a 13-year international career and was first choice in both Euro 2004 and the World Championship 2010. David, who worked as a football analyst for the BBC and BT Sport, received an MBE for services to football in 2012 and charities and hung up his boots in 2013 after finishing his career at the Icelandic club IBV. In addition to football, James has also modeled for Giorgio Armani and H&M and an avid artist, and was the illustrator of the book Harry & # 39; s Magic Pockets: The Circus.
David says: & # 39; I am really excited to be strictly present this year. Not only compete against this year's stars, but also be compared to previous sports stars from previous strictly seasons. I have to fill a pair of large shoes, #LetsGetLive. & # 39;
From the Tube to the twist: Saffron Barker is a YouTube star
Name: Saffron Barker
Famous for? Has more than two million YouTube subscribers
About Saffron: Famous for her mix of makeup, shopping and challenging videos on YouTube, the teenager has earned an estimated $ 1 million since she started making videos in 2015. She released her book My Perfectly Filtered Life in 2018. Before she started her solo YouTube career in 2015, Saffron was part of a girl group called & # 39; Born2Blush & # 39; with friends Libby Whitehouse, Jazmine Tiley and Georgia McNarmara. The teenager was only 19 a week before her strict announcement and lives at home with her mother, father and three brothers.
Saffron says: & # 39; Everyone keeps thinking that I will be really good. Sorry to disappoint everyone, but I don't think I will be. I might rate myself a four, that's not great! & # 39;
From the Rovers Return to the rumba: Former Corrie star Catherine Tyldesley
Name: Catherine Tyldesley
Famous for? Starring as Eva Price on Coronation Street from 2011-2018.
About Catherine: Coming from Walkden, Greater Manchester, the action points of the playwright and fencer include Holby City, Two Pints of Lager and a package of chips, sorted, shameless and trollied. She is best known for playing bar girl Eva Price on Corrie from 2011 until she left the role last summer to pursue different roles and spend more time with her young family. Catherine lives in Manchester with her personal trainer husband Tom Pitford and their son Alfie, four. In addition to acting, Catherine is a talented singer who will release an album in 2016.
Catherine says: & # 39; I am very happy to be part of this year's Strictly Come Dancing. I'm a big fan of the show. It's my biggest challenge so far, because I'm not that much of a dancer, but I've always wanted to learn the skill and time feels good! I am so nervous but very excited to work with such talented professionals. Hold on to your jazz shoes … mine is definitely a bumpy / awkward / fun ride! & # 39;
Breakfast in the ballroom: BBC sports presenter Mike Bushell
Name: Mike Bushell
Famous for? Presentation of the sports coverage on BBC Breakfast.
About Mike: The sports presenter has been working for the BBC for almost 30 years, after first starting as a trainee reporter on BBC Radio Solent. He moved to BBC Breakfast after working for the 24-hour news channel. He also made headlines after a hilarious blunder saw him tumble into a swimming pool during a live segment for the Commonwealth Games 2018. Mike also has the world record for crossing a mile of water in a large inflatable ball in 1 hour and 57 seconds. He married second wife Emily in May 2019 and has three daughters from his first marriage.
Mike says: & # 39; I am so excited to participate in this year's Strictly Come Dancing. Over the years I have heard so many wonderful things from colleagues that I now get the chance. I know that I will fully immerse myself in the whole experience and I am sure I will love it from start to finish. I may have tried over 500 sports and profiled over the years in my Saturday morning BBC Breakfast slot, but I think the Strictly challenge could be the biggest. Bring it on! & # 39;
From CBBC to cha cha cha: CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual
Name: Karim Zeroual
Famous for? Present CBBC and play the lead role in The Sparticle Mystery.
About Karim: Karim is best known for his presentation duties at CBBC after joining the children's television brand in 2014, and he has also hosted BBC Young Dancer and Wimbledon Live. The talented 25-year-old is also filming a CBBC documentary, A Week to Beat the World. Karim became known as a child in the West End, previously performing in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Far Pavillions and The Lion King. The presenter is also known for his acting credits after the lead role in EastEnders and as Sadiq in The Sparticle Mystery for three series from 2011 to 2015.
Karim says: & # 39; Getting the chance to participate in Strictly is amazing, I pinch myself! I'm so excited to be Strictlified. I want a LOT. The scantiest clothing, the widest flares, the brightest colors and the highest Cuban heel a man can find! The flamboyant the better … sequins abound, please! & # 39;
From Longleat to the Lindy Hop: Viscountess Weymouth Emma Thynn
Name: Viscount Weymouth Emma Thynn
Famous for? Businesswoman, chef, model and philanthropist.
About Emma: Raised in South Kensington, where she was head girl at Queen & # 39; s Gate School. She later went to University College London, where she studied art history. Following her marriage in 2013 to Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth, Emma became the chatelaine of the Longleat Estate in Wiltshire. In 2015, Emma & # 39; Emma & # 39; s launched Kitchen & # 39; in Longleat, a space for her to share her love of food and cooking through the background of the original kitchens in Longleat House. In addition, Emma is a contributing editor for British Vogue.
Emma says: & # 39; I absolutely love to look strictly at every weekend and I can't believe I get the chance to be in this series. I know it will be such a great experience from start to finish. I can't wait for the dancing and the fantastic outfits! & # 39;
Don't drag her heels: Michelle Visage is a RuPaul & # 39; s Drag Race judge and former Celebrity Big Brother participant
Name: Michelle Visage
Famous for? RuPaul & # 39; s Drag Race judge and Celebrity Big Brother participant
About Michelle: Michelle is a member of the band Seduction and appears as a judge in the American reality competition RuPaul & # 39; s Drag Race, where she has been seen since season three. She also played in all seasons of the spin-off show RuPaul & # 39; s Drag Race All Stars. Michelle will appear on RuPaul & # 39; s Drag Race UK, which will be broadcast on BBC Three in October. Michelle was also on the fifteenth series of Celebrity Big Brother finished in fifth place. She recently appeared as a judge in the first two seasons of Ireland & # 39; s Got Talent. This year Michelle made her West End debut as Miss Hedge in Everybody's Talking About Jamie.
Michelle says: & # 39; I am very enthusiastic! I am very happy to be in the show! I've loved it for years! I can't wait to be dramatic. I'm a woman who's 50 years old and people of an age say I can't do it anymore, but we can! & # 39;
Go for gold! Table tennis star Will Bayley is taking part in Strictly 2019
Name: Will Bayley
Famous for? Paralympic gold medal winning table tennis player
About Will: In January 2017, Will received an MBE for table tennis services and is currently training his Paralympic title with the Tokyo 2020 games. He recently won gold at the Japan Open 2019. Since birth, Will has suffered from arthrogryposis, a rare disorder that affects all four of his limbs. Will is classified as a class 7 Paralympic athlete and was one of the stars of the London 2012 and Rio 2016 competitions, winning consecutive silver and gold medals.
Will says: & # 39; I'm so proud to be in the show, it's my family's favorite show. I have no dance experience at all, but I hope I can do well. I want to inspire people with disabilities – that would mean a lot to me. I want to prove to people that I can do this. & # 39;
11th in line: Jamie Laing of Made In Chelsea has joined the line-up of Strictly 2019
Name: Jamie Laing
Famous for? Long-running star from Made In Chelsea.
About Jamie: Jamie hosts the Private Parts podcast alongside actor-comedian Francis Boulle. Jamie has also appeared on Celebrity Hunted, The Great British Bakeoff and Famous and Fighting Crime. Jamie has appeared in the award-winning television series Made In Chelsea since 2011. In addition to his presence in the media, Jamie is also a successful businessman, who founded the candy brand Candy Kittens in 2012.
Jamie says: & # 39; I am more than excited to be asked to be strictly present, the only person who may be more excited is my mother. I finally became the son she was hoping for! I think I have a bit of rhythm, but I went to the University of Leeds and I studied theater and performance for the first year and I had to do contemporary dance. I have spoken with many people who have done it in the past and people said it was the scariest thing they have ever done. But you have to challenge yourself. I have rejected other reality shows. I just want to make my mother proud. & # 39;
Challenge accepted! Anneka Rice is back on Saturday night TV this fall
Name: Anneka rice
Famous for? TV show & # 39; s Challenge Anneka and Treasure Hunt.
About Anneka: In 1982, Anneka became the jumping & # 39; skyrunner & # 39; from Channel 4 & # 39; s Treasure Hunt – leading to a BAFTA nomination and the award of the Rear Of The Year prize. Her next project, Challenge Anneka, was initially broadcast on BBC One and lasted from 1989-1995. It returned, on ITV, from 2006-2007. For that, she adapted it for American TV in 2001. It was called Challenge America and was hosted by Erin Brockovich. Anneka acted as a producer.
Anneka says: & # 39; I haven't danced since I was 7 and Miss Beer sent me home from my ballet class because I was hopelessly uncoordinated. My family and friends have not seen me dance since, not at a wedding or around a handbag, so it will be a challenge for my partner. I even asked two, one on each side. I don't see myself in a long stripe dress either. But I feel recklessly excited. Strictly my autumn entertainment has always been and now I am part of it! My children will probably leave the country. & # 39;
DJ to Dance floor: Dev presents the Radio 1 Weekend Breakfast Show
Name: Dev Griffin
Famous for? Radio 1 DJ
About Dev: Dev presents the Radio 1 Weekend Breakfast Show that was earlier at the start of the Early Morning Show between September 2009 and March 2014. He started his career as an actor in Emmerdale, The Bill and EastEnders, among others. Dev was a participant in Celebrity MasterChef in 2017.
Dev says: & # 39; I just can't believe I'm doing it strictly, it doesn't feel real yet! It's going to be so much fun, but to be clear, I am not doing this to participate, I am totally in it to win! I can't wait to meet my partner and start practicing. & # 39;
Hot feet: Alex represented Great Britain in football at the 2012 Olympic Games in London
Name: Alex Scott
Famous for? Soccer player
About Alex: Alex was a soccer player who usually played as a right back for Arsenal in the FA WSL. She made 140 games for the English national team and also represented Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics. Alex led Arsenal – the team she signed for at the age of eight – and helped the club win a domestic double of the FA Women & # 39; s Cup and FA Women & # 39; s Premier League, and remained a key figure in the quadruple won in 2006/07 season. Since her retirement last year, she started a successful TV career at BBC and Sky Sports, and last August she became the first female Sky expert at a Sky Sports Super Sports, and made waves as a new addition to the BBC World Cup Commentary row.
Alex says: & # 39; I am absolutely buzzing to be registered with Strictly. It's the show I've always wanted to do and I can't believe I'll finally be part of it. I am super excited, but at the same time terrified …! The soccer field is slightly less glamorous than the ballroom, but I am ready to try the sequins and dresses! Let it come! & # 39;
Cracking on: Olympic rower James was banned from participating in Strictly last year
Name: James Cracknell
Famous for? Olympic champion rower
About James: Olympic rower James was banned from participating in Strictly Come Dancing last year because she was wary of glamorous professional dancers – and the "Strictly Curse" that caused a series of very public outbursts among celebrities. Now, just a month after he got divorced, the double Olympic rowing champion has signed up as a participant in this year's popular BBC show series. His decision to take part in Britain’s biggest entertainment show comes just months after his split from Beverley Turner, his wife of 17 years who nursed him back to health after a near fatal brain injury. Beverley, 45, had previously refused to allow him to participate in the show because she & # 39; did not want him to have some Russian f *** y in his face every week & # 39 ;.
James says: & # 39; I'm really looking forward to being part of Strictly this year. After mummeling around in a rowing boat with tall men in tight lycra for so many years, it was time for me to learn a new skill. I have to apologize to the children in advance for the shame. & # 39;
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