The 17th series Strictly Come Dancing started spectacularly on Saturday evening and the stars learned who their professional partners will be.
Stars including Catherine Tyldesley, Anneka Rice, James Cracknell, Michelle Visage and Jamie Lain – who has since withdrawn after a foot injury – discovered which pro would test them for three weeks before their debut dance later this month.
The new series also saw the debut of the new judge Motsi Mabuse, the sister of pro Oti – after Darcey Bussell had left the show earlier this year.
Sensational: the 15 celebrities came to the floor to discover which professional dancer they will train with
The first to meet their famous partner was Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley, who admitted it was surreal as part of the show, but gushed over the sparkling dresses.
The soap star had partnered with South African pro Johannes Radebe, who is entering the main line-up for the first time, and promised & # 39; patiently & # 39; to be with his partner.
Catherine previously revealed that her personal trainer husband Tom Pitford had put her to the test to make sure she was fit and ready for the first dance.
Exciting: the first to meet their famous partner was Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley, who was a partner of South African pro Johannes Radebe
Delighted: The soap star admitted that she was more like & # 39; Mr Bean & # 39; danced while John swore & # 39; patiently & # 39; to be with her
She told MailOnline: & # 39; He thinks this is hilarious. A few weeks ago, because I really only trained weights, he said: "We need to get you up quickly, let's get you in, do a little cardio."
& # 39; We've literally done a handful of sessions and he had something like & # 39; go fast now & # 39; and I said & # 39; no, this is fast & # 39; but apparently you are built with fast fibers or slow fibers and I think mine are extra slow! & # 39;
At this year's youngest participant, YouTube star Saffron Barker, 19, was next to meet her partner, and the blonde beauty was linked to AJ Pritchard.
The social media star hopes to follow in the footsteps of last year's social media sensation Joe Sugg, who finished second with Dianne Buswell last year.
Match made in heaven: at the youngest participant this year, YouTube star Saffron Barker, 19, could be met alongside her partner, and the blonde beauty was linked to AJ Pritchard
Superstar: Third was RuPaul & # 39; s Drag Race star Michelle Visage, who wanted to inspire her children that they can do whatever they want to do
Perfect! Her combination with Giovanni Pernice – who herself has reached the final three times – seems to be a match made in heaven, given the incredible Italian heritage of the pair
Third was RuPaul & # 39; s Drag Race star Michelle Visage, who wanted to inspire her children that they can do whatever they want.
Her combination with Giovanni Pernice – who herself has reached the final three times – seems to be a match made in heaven, given the pair's Italian heritage.
Former England Lioness Alex Scott has also vowed to channel her inner Beyonce while being linked to pro Neil Jones.
The celebrity partner of the British dancer has particularly delighted viewers, after years of campaigning for his promotion to the lead.
Sensational: former English lioness Alex Scott has also vowed to channel her inner Beyonce as she dressed in sequins for launch
And last but not least! The retired footballer who became a pundit was linked to the British dancer Neil Jones, who was eventually promoted to the main line-up to the delight of viewers
It also comes after his split from wife Katya, which they announced a few weeks before the launch of the series, after claims that their divorce was because the intimacy had disappeared from their relationship after her shock kiss with comedian Seann Walsh last year.
A source told The sun back then: & # 39; Neil was very open about the fact that there was no passion between them – that they had no sex.
& # 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;
Hunky: The next was Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell, who admitted earlier that he hoped to make his father dance in the show, and was soon linked to Luba Mushtuk
Hereafter was Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell, who admitted earlier that he hoped to make his father dance in the show, and was soon linked to Luba Mushtuk.
Earlier, he admitted that taking part in the show gives himself permission to look stupid, & # 39; exclusive to MailOnline: & # 39; it's exciting and nervous, although much more nervous. It gives me permission to look stupid. That's the big hurdle for me: just give myself permission to fail and if I get over it, I'll be fine. & # 39;
It also comes after James confirmed his relationship with the American financier Jordan Connell, whom he met while studying philosophy at the University of Cambridge.
Their romance comes more than a year after splitting television presenter Beverley Turner, his 17-year-old wife, and just a month after their divorce was granted.
Glamorous: as always, Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman entered the stage as hosts for the highly anticipated new series
And when the new judge Motso made her debut in the jury panel, the South African judge treated viewers to an incredible performance with her panel members and the professional dancers.
The dancer – who has been a judge in the German version of the show since 2011 – previously insisted that she should not be prejudiced against her sister Oti, who is a professional in the show.
She told The Sun earlier: & # 39; One of the most important points throughout my life is honesty. Coming from South Africa and treated unfairly throughout your life because of your skin color, that's a huge point.
& # 39; All claims are concluded that their favorites are in the show, Motsi said: & # 39; I have to be honest and she gets what everyone gets – the most important thing is that I don't judge Oti. & # 39;
New face: the new series also saw the debut of the new right Motsi Mabuse (see second left here) the sister of pro Oti – after Darcey Bussell had left the show earlier this year
The launch began with a performance by Kylie Minogue, who delighted the crowd at Television Center with a medley of her biggest hits with the professional dancers as she entered the stage for the show's red carpet last month.
It is after the celebrities who participated were slowly revealed in August before making their official debut at the launch of the red carpet last week.
This series also saw a huge stir in the professional line-up after Pasha Kovalev announced that he had left the show in February, and Gorka Marquez and Graziano Di Prima confirmed that they would not receive famous partners that year.
Sensational: the launch began with a performance by Kylie Minogue, who delighted the crowd at Television Center with a medley of her biggest hits
STRICTLY COMING DANCING 2019: WHO ARE THE STARS?
Doing the Funny Fandango: Chris is known for his career in comedy
Name: Chris Ramsey
Known from? 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
Known from? 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
Known from? 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
Known from? 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
Known from? 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
Known from? 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
Known from? 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
Known from? 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. After 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
Known from? 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, on which she has been screened 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
Known from? 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
Known from? 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
Known from? 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
Known from? 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
Known from? 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
Known from? 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 a few months after his split from Beverley Turner, his 17-year-old wife who made him healthy again after an almost fatal brain injury. Beverley, 45, had previously refused to let him 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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