STRICTLY CELEBRI­TIES TAKE THEIR PART­NERS

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - CARLY SQUIRES Re­porter carly.squires@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

SUM­MER might be over, but we could not be hap­pier to see Strictly Come Danc­ing re­turn to our screens. This is the 15th se­ries for the BBC celebrity dance show con­test, hosted by Tess Daly and Clau­dia Win­kle­man.

Last night each of the pair­ings of dancers and stars were an­nounced – com­plete with plenty of se­quins and glit­ter galore.

The episode was par­tic­u­larly spe­cial as the cast paid homage to the late Bruce Forsyth, who pre­sented the tele­vi­sion pro­gramme for nine years.

If you missed the raz­zle daz­zle (where have you been?) here is the full list for 2017: MALE CELEBRI­TIES

As­ton Mer­ry­gold and Janette Man­rara The back flip­ping JLS singer will be put through his paces with Amer­i­can professional dancer and chore­og­ra­pher Janette.

Brian Conley and Amy Dowden He’s not a pup­pet – but will he be wooden with his dance moves? With some Welsh magic from new­bie dancer Amy Dowden, surely not?

Davood Ghadami and Nadiya By­chkova We are ex­cited to see EastEn­ders ac­tor Davood Chadami smil­ing for once! And we imag­ine he is over the moon to be part­nered with new dancer Nadiya By­chkova.

Joe McFad­den and Katya Jones Rus­sian dancer and chore­og­ra­pher Katya Jones will be set­ting hearts racing along­side Holby City ac­tor Joe McFad­den.

Jon­nie Pea­cock and Oti Mabuse He won gold at both the 2012 and 2016 Sum­mer Par­a­lympics, but could he also be a win­ner on Strictly along­side last year’s run­ner-up, Oti Mabuse?

Rev­erend Richard Coles and Dianne Buswell Church of Eng­land priest Rev­erend Richard Coles has all of his prayers an­swered with Aus­tralian Dianne Buswell, an­other new ad­di­tion to the dancer line-up.

Si­mon Rim­mer and Karen Clifton The Sun­day Brunch pre­sen­ter has been served up a treat with Karen Clifton who de­serves a win af­ter her danc­ing part­ner Will Young was forced to with­draw last year. FE­MALE CELEBRI­TIES

Alexan­dra Burke and Gorka Mar­quez Stage ac­tress Alexan­dra Burke won The X Fac­tor in 2008, but will she be crowned the queen of the dance floor along­side Span­ish part­ner Gorka Mar­quez?

Char­lotte Hawkins and Bren­dan Cole Bad boy Bren­dan will be paired up with Good Morn­ing Bri­tain news­reader Char­lotte Mary Hawkins. We think that if she can han­dle Piers, then the heated dancer should be a breeze...

Chizzy Aku­dolu and Pasha Ko­valev The sec­ond Holby City star to fea- ture is Chizzy Aku­dolu, who is paired up with Rus­sian professional Latin and ball­room dancer Pasha Ko­valev, who won the 2012 se­ries with Caro­line Flack.

Deb­bie McGee and Gio­vanni Per­nice Paul Daniels’ widow Deb­bie is set to make magic with Ital­ian dancer and chore­og­ra­pher Gio­vanni Per­nice, who has never held up the in­fa­mous glit­ter ball.

Gemma Atkin­son and Ali­jaž Ško­r­janec Ali­jaž fa­mously won his first ever se­ries in 2013 with ex-glam­our model Abby Clancy, but he’s yet to win an­other one. Could he do it with for­mer glam­our model Gemma Atkin­son?

Mol­lie King and AJ Pritchard Satur­day’s pop star Mol­lie King already has the moves, and has been paired with young Bri­tish dancer AJ Pritchard, who made it to the semi-fi­nals on Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent in 2013.

Ruth Langs­ford and An­ton Du Beke Ar­guably one of Strictly’s favourite dancers An­ton Du Beke of­ten ends up with the – shall we say – rhyth­mi­cally chal­lenged. But we think he has struck gold with This Morn­ing and Loose Women pre­sen­ter Ruth Langs­ford.

Su­san Cal­man and Kevin Clifton De­spite fac­ing a back­lash from some of the LGBT+ com­mu­nity for danc­ing with a man, Su­san has made it clear that she is over the moon to be danc­ing with English dancer and hus­band of Karen Clifton, Kevin.

Tess Daly with Brian Conley and Amy Dowden be­ing paired up in Strictly Come Danc­ing

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