‘BRING ON THE STRICTLY CURSE’

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - KERRI-ANN ROPER Agency re­porter news­desk@waleson­line.co.uk

FASH­ION stylist and TV pre­sen­ter Su­san­nah Con­stan­tine joked “bring on the Strictly curse” as she was part­nered with An­ton Du Beke dur­ing the launch show.

The 16th se­ries of the BBC One danc­ing se­ries launched last night with 15 celebri­ties from the worlds of sport, com­edy and mu­sic.

Fash­ion guru and TV pre­sen­ter Con­stan­tine and Du Beke em­braced as the an­nounce­ment was made. Con­stan­tine told the show’s host Tess Daly: “I’m so happy I can­not tell you.

“I wanted some­one with an evil sense of hu­mour, and he has it.

“Bring on the Strictly curse is all I can say now I’m with An­ton.”

Talk­ing to Daly’s co-host Clau­dia Win­kle­man later, she joked she was now with “God him­self”.

Other pair­ings al­ready an­nounced in­clude Steps singer Faye Tozer be­ing paired with Gio­vanni Per­nice, while Cap­i­tal Break­fast show host Vick Hope has been paired with Strictly new­comer Graziano Di Prima.

“If they dance to­gether as good as they look, they’ll go far,” Daly quipped.

Welsh dance pro­fes­sional Amy Dow­den, from Caer­philly, has been paired with Red Dwarf star Danny John-Jules.

Strictly Come Danc­ing re­turns to BBC One on Satur­day, Septem­ber 22. Here’s the line-up:

BBC News pre­sen­ter Kate Sil­ver­ton and Al­jaz Sko­r­janec

Cap­i­tal Break­fast show host Vick Hope and new Strictly pro­fes­sional Graziano Di Prima

Fash­ion stylist and TV pre­sen­ter Su­san­nah Con­stan­tine and An­ton Du Beke

Steps singer Faye Tozer and Gio­vanni Per­nice

TV pre­sen­ter and author Katie Piper and Gorka Mar­quez

Par­a­lympic triath­lete Lau­ren Stead­man and AJ Pritchard

BBC Three doc­u­men­tary pre­sen­ter Stacey Doo­ley and Kevin Clifton

Singer Ash­ley Pasha Ko­valev

Blue singer-turned-soap star Lee Ryan and Nadiya By­chkova

This Morn­ing’s med­i­cal ex­pert Dr Ranj Singh and Janette Man­rara

Red Dwarf ac­tor Danny John-Jules and Amy Dow­den

YouTu­ber Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell

Former Eng­land crick­eter Graeme Swann and Oti Mabuse

Ca­su­alty star Charles Venn and Karen Clifton

Comic Seann Katya Jones. Roberts and Walsh and

BBC/GUY LEVY

This year’s Strictly Come Danc­ing con­tes­tants

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