Does this Strictly star have an 'unfair advantage' on the show?

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From Good Housekeeping

We now know which celebrities will be braving the epic challenge of taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this year, with everyone from Anneka Rice to Catherine Tyldesley and Mike Bushell set to strut their stuff in the hope of raising the glitter ball trophy.

Each year there are contestants dancing with zero experience - often from sporting or political backgrounds - while others with more theatrical CVs are a little more comfortable on the dance floor.

Last year, Ashley Roberts and Faye Tozer were accused of potentially having an 'unfair' advantage in the competition because of their dance and theatre backgrounds, while they always maintained that dancing latin and ballroom is a whole different skill to what they'd previously learned. Regardless, the duo both fared very well in the competition, reaching the final stages.

This year there's already talk about one contestant who potentially has the same 'unfair' advantage.

Media reports are asking whether reality TV star Jamie Laing is already ahead of his fellow celebs due to studying contemporary dance within his theatre degree at university.

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The speculation began after a podcast featuring Jamie discussing his dance experience was unearthed.

"When it came to finally enrolling in my course, people had already picked what they wanted to do and the only thing that was left was contemporary dance," Jamie said.

His following comments suggest he isn't hugely confident in his dance ability...

"There is no technique to contemporary dance. You can do anything you want… I feel like if you’re given some ribbons and you roll about on the floor, everyone is going to be like, 'that is contemporary,'" he said.

Well, that's that, then...

We'll see whether Jamie's brush with contemporary does prove useful when Strictly Come Dancing starts on BBC One.

In the meantime, here's everything you need to know about the upcoming series.

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