‘BRING ON THE STRICTLY CURSE’
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
This year’s Strictly Come Dancing contestants