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It’s official, Strictly has finally danced its way back onto our screens in a whirl of glamour and glitter, with a first look at this year’s stars and professionals.
Hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman welcomed us into the new series tonight (18 September) as we saw the celebrity contestants take to the floor with the professionals for their first group dance.
As usual, the professional dancers dazzled in two numbers which saw the return of last year’s winner, Bill Bailey. We were also treated to music from singer Anne Marie, who recently starred in Celebrity Gogglebox on the sofa alongside the likes of Tom Jones and Ed Sheeran.
During the show, the much anticipated Strictly 2021 pairings were revealed, including the show’s first male duo, as John Whaite was partnered with Johannes Radebe.
Olympian Adam Peaty will be dancing with Katya Jones while Robert Webb will be guided by Dianne Buswell, Tom Fletcher by Amy Dowden and Greg Wise by Karen Hauer.
This series the show’s longest-serving professional, Anton Du Beke will be joining the judging panel for the first time alongside returning judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse.
See the full list of Strictly celebrity and professional pairings below.
Strictly Come Dancing 2021: celebrity and professional pairs
Adam Peaty and Katya Jones
AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington
Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova
Greg Wise and Karen Hauer
John Whaite and Johannes Radebe
Judi Love and Graziano Di Prima
Katie McGlynn and Gorka Marquez
Nina Wadia and Neil Jones
Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu
Robert Webb and Dianne Buswell
Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice
Sara Davies and Aljaž Škorjanec
Tilly Ramsey and Nikita Kuzmin
Tom Fletcher and Amy Dowden
Ugo Monye and Oti Mabuse.
Strictly Come Dancing continues next weekend, with the first live show on Saturday 25 September on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
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