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Tonight marked the return of Strictly Come Dancing as the Premiere show introduced this year’s celebrity contestants, and revealed who they would be dancing with as they embark on their journey towards the Glitterball trophy.

Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly introduced each celebrity to their partner, and the pairings as listed below. The best reaction of the night came from Hollyoaks’ actor Ashley Taylor Dawson who proved his acting credentials, falling to the floor in shock as it was announced he would be dancing with Ola Jordan and for a split second leading Tess and the audience to believe he had actually fainted!

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendan Cole

Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev

Deborah Meaden and Robin Windsor

Abbey Clancy and Aljaz Skorjanec

Fiona Fullerton and Anton du Beke

Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev

Vanessa Feltz and James Jordan

Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton

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Ashley Taylor Dawson and Ola Jordan

Julien Macdonald and Janette Manrara

Patrick Robinson and Anya Garnis

Tony Jacklin and Aliona Vilani

Dave Myers and Karen Hauer

Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff

Mark Benton and Iveta Lukosiute

Earlier this week Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood gave ‘rival’ ITV show Stepping Out nil points when he said it most likely would end up “terrible”.

Speaking to The Sun he said: “You have two novices on Stepping Out, so it’s basically the blind leading the blind. The results could be terrible.”

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