The Strictly Come Dancing celebrities donned their best ensembles as they first posed together ahead of their show debut.
With the launch show just a week away, the 15 contestants donned sparkling gold and black outfits and caused a storm, much to the delight of fans.
In the official photo of the 2023 lineup, all the ladies showed off leggy attire as they rocked glamorous gold dresses for the group shot.
Meanwhile, the gentlemen looked smart in a variety of looks in black, gold and neutral tones.
The 21st series of the BBC show kicks off on Saturday, September 16, with viewers finally getting to see which professional partners the celebrities will be matched with.
Awesome! The Strictly Come Dancing celebrities wore their best ensembles as they first posed together ahead of their show debut
This year’s Strictly will feature Amanda Abbington, Angela Rippon, Layton Williams, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Eddie Kadi, Angela Scanlon, Zara McDermott, Adam Thomas and Nikita Kanda.
This year’s Strictly will feature Amanda, Angela Rippon, Layton Williams, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Eddie Kadi, Angela Scanlon, Zara McDermott, Adam Thomas and Nikita Kanda.
The series, hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, will run for 13 weeks and conclude with the live finale on December 16.
Meanwhile, the full lineup was revealed as the professional dancers took center stage in the show’s dazzling first trailer.
In the new clip, shot at London’s Tate Britain, Jowita Przystal can be seen taking in the sights with Vito Coppola, while Graziano Di Prima and Katya Jones dance.
They were joined along the steps of the iconic building by Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova, Carlos Gu, Karen Hauer, Neil Jones and Nikita Kuzmin.
Gorka Marquez, Luba Mushtuk, Lauren Oakley, Giovanni Pernice, Johannes Radebe, Michelle Tsiakkas, Kai Widdrington and Nancy Xu were also in the picture.
Amy Dowden is currently unable to compete in group numbers as she is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.
Bewilderments: With the launch show just a week away, the 15 contestants slipped into sparkling gold and black outfits and created a storm, much to the delight of fans
Golden Girls: In the official photo of the 2023 lineup, all the ladies were dressed leggy as they rocked glamorous gold dresses for the group photo
Practices for the series are already well underway, but this year’s lineup is already battling a string of injuries as they prepare for the live shows.
Four of the celebrities have already experienced a horrific injury or painful strain, starting with actress Amanda Abbington who uploaded a horrific photo of her injury.
The Mr Selfridge star shared a photo of her foot on Instagram showing off her massive purple blood blister spreading across the ball of her foot.
The star captioned the post: “Blood Blister… So… dancing in heels, if you’re not a dancer at all, is obviously a minefield of blisters, but on top of that it’s a game for young men… but beyond that.”
Undeterred from the rehearsal room, however, Amanda continued, “Back tomorrow for more shenanigans!”
Glitzy: The Strictly Come Dancing full lineup was revealed as the professional dancers took center stage in the show’s dazzling first trailer
Unbelievable: The new clip, shot at London’s Tate Britain, shows Jowita Przystal taking in the sights with Vito Coppola, while Graziano Di Prima and Katya Jones dance
Love Island star Zara McDermott sympathized with her fellow contestant, saying, “Same here… I rub your feet, you rub mine?”
Zara’s feet apparently don’t look their best either after she suffered a bloody toe during a workout.
Elsewhere, EastEnders star Bobby Brazier has been working intensively with a physio as he stretches in preparation for the demanding routines.
Fellow soap star Adam Thomas didn’t find working out easy either after revealing he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis just days after being announced as a dancer on the show.
The Waterloo Road actor opened up on Instagram last month as he celebrated his 35th birthday.
STRICTLY COME DANCE 2023: WHO ARE THE PARTICIPANTS?
Angela says: “Being a fan of Strictly from day one and as a former Come Dancing host, this will be quite an adventure for me. A scary one, considering I’m about to turn 79. But I look forward to the challenge and maybe even the opportunity to learn to dance the Argentine Tango.’
Amanda says: “I’m really glad I was asked to do Strictly. I’m actually very shy and self-conscious, so this will be a great opportunity for me to overcome those things.”
layton says: “Absolutely thrilled to confirm I will be taking part in THE UK’s most iconic dance competition! It’s time to take it to the ballroom. I am so excited to learn new skills from the best. Bring on the sequins… ALL the sequins!”
Krishnan Guru Murthy
krishna says: “I’m surprised, delighted and a little confused that I’m participating in Strictly based on ‘You only live once!’ I can’t wait to start dancing, but I’m a little worried about my overall decline.’
Profession: Comedian and radio presenter
Eddie says: ‘WOW. Anyone who knows me understands that music and dance are so important and central to who I am. I am so incredibly proud and honored that Strictly and the BBC have asked me to join the 2023 team. I promise you that I will give everything I have. This will be a VIBE.
Profession: TV presenter
Angela says: ‘I’m not particularly fit, I have no idea how my pelvic floor will react to this dancing. I’ve never danced before, apart from drunken jiving at a wedding!’
Profession: Documentary filmmaker and former Love Island star
Zara says: ‘I’m so excited to be a part of the world of Strictly! I grew up watching it every year with my grandmother and she was the biggest Strictly fan. We danced around the house and I have such fond memories of that time in my life.’
Profession: Actor and presenter
Adam says: ‘I can’t dance to save my life, but I’d like to learn and laugh with my professional. Take me to the dance floor… I can’t wait!’
Profession: Radio and TV presenter
Nikita says: “I can’t believe I’m on Strictly. This is a dream come true. I’m still pinching myself. I don’t think it will really sink in until I hit the dance floor. Can’t wait to get glam up and go out. Throw the glitter on me!’
Profession: Coronation Street star
Ellie says: “Still doesn’t feel like I’m going to do Strictly!! It’s always been a dream of mine, so I think dreams really do come true!!!!’
Profession: Paralympic champion
jody says: “I’m looking forward to the challenge and pushing myself out of my comfort zone, especially since I’m always last on the dance floor. I can’t wait to get started and put on the glitter and sequins.”
Profession: EastEnders star and model
Bobby says: ‘I’m so excited to be part of the Strictly lineup, can’t wait to start training like a professional dancer and add a few moves to my locker. I look forward to performing for everyone.’
Nigel says: “I’m amazed, excited, and terrified to do Strictly. As an armchair fan of the show, I’ve watched in awe as people spun and twirled across the screen. And now it’s my turn… sip!’
Profession: Announcer and former tennis player
Annabel says: “I’ve always loved watching Strictly and can’t quite believe I’m going to be part of this magic show – trading tennis balls for glitter balls and looking forward to finding some joy in the process.”
Profession: Actor and game show host
Lesson says: “I am thrilled to be doing this iconic, beautiful show as I approach my 70th birthday! In my career I have always looked for challenges outside my comfort zone and this is the ultimate! I can not wait.’