The stars aim to shine on the Strictly dance­floor

Macclesfield Express - - TVWEEK -

Once upon a time, the Strictly Come Danc­ing: The Launch Show (BBC1, 7.15pm). gave fans our first glimpse of the stars tak­ing part. More re­cently though, the pow­ers-that-be have been re­veal­ing the line-up in ad­vance, this year, jour­nal­ist and broad­caster Jeremy Vine was the first to be con­firmed, which may have pleased Ra­dio 2 lis­ten­ers, but ap­par­ently wasn't quite such good news for his kids. Vine said: 'I am do­ing it for my two young daugh­ters who jumped be­hind the sofa when I told them! It seems Dad on Strictly is more scary than Doc­tor Who!' Grad­u­ally, his name was joined by other celebri­ties, in­clud­ing chef Ains­ley Har­riott, Easten­ders ac­tress Kel­lie Bright, for­mer Coro­na­tion Street star Ge­or­gia May Foote, Ra­dio 3's Katie Der­ham, weather pre­sen­ter Carol Kirk­wood, pop star Peter An­dre, singer Daniel O'Don­nell, Olympic boxer An­thony Ogogo, for­mer The Wanted mem­ber Jay McGui­ness, TV pre­sen­ter Anita Rani, Call the Mid­wife's He­len Ge­orge and pop diva-turnedLoose Woman Jamelia. But just be­cause we know whose go­ing to be tak­ing to the floor, it doesn't mean there won't be any sur­prises. For a start, Tess Daly and Claudia Win­kle­man are re­veal­ing which celebs are be­ing paired with which pro­fes­sional dancers, and as any­one who re­mem­bers Lulu's re­ac­tion back in 2011 when she dis­cov­ered she'd been al­lo­cated Brenda Cole will tes­tify, that can be highly re­veal­ing. It's also a chance to as­sess the form as the stars per­form their first group dance. Many peo­ple are ex­pect­ing big things from Peter An­dre, in­clud­ing, it seems, the show's bosses, who have tried to sign him up in pre­vi­ous years. He says: 'To be hon­est I'm flat­tered to have been asked to take part be­fore, but due to cer­tain work com­mit­ments was un­able to. I now feel the time is right to give it a go - ev­ery­thing has just clicked into place to do it this year.' Thanks to her mu­sic ca­reer, Jamelia should also stand out from the crowd, but she's been play­ing down her chances, say­ing: 'My girls are huge fans of Strictly, but when I told them I was do­ing it they laughed as they know that danc­ing is not my forte! The girls are amaz­ing dancers though so I def­i­nitely want to learn a new skill so that I'll be able to give them a run for their money, and end them teas­ing me once and for all!'.

Launch event Tess Daly and Claudia Win­kle­man host

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