Strictly Come Dancing returned to our screens this evening for its annual premiere show, in which viewers were introduced to this year’s celebrity participants and found out who they would be dancing with.
Presiding over the pre-recorded show, which acts as a precursor to the live shows, were Tess Daly and new permanent co-host Claudia Winkleman.
Sir Bruce Forsyth, who relinquished his role of co-host earlier this year, made a special appearance during the premiere to hand the presenting baton to Tess and Claudia, following a spectacular opening dance sequence.
There was also a special guest appearance from last year’s champion, Abbey Clancy and her partner Aljaz Skorjanec, as they reunited for the very last time to perform their Waltz to ‘Kissing You’, while Smokey Robinson, Imelda May and 5 Seconds of Summer were the musical guests during the show.
The celebrities now have three weeks to train with their new partners before returning to the Strictly ballroom to perform live to the nation for the very first time.
The pairings are as follows:
|Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon
Jennifer Gibney and Tristan McManus
Judy Murray and Anton Du Beke
Alison Hammond and Aljaz Skorjanec
Sunetra Sarker and Brendan Cole
Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev
Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton
Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan
|Gregg Wallace and Aliona Vilani
Scott Mills and Joanne Clifton
Tim Wonnacott and Natalie Lowe
Mark Wright and Karen Hauer
Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff
Thom Evans and Iveta Lukosiute
Jake Wood and Janette Manrara
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th of September.