It’s almost showtime on Strictly Come Dancing (Picture: BBC)
The Strictly Come Dancing 2021 launch is almost upon us with a brand new bunch of celebrities preparing to take to the floor.
This year’s returning pros include two time champ Oti Mabuse, Dianne Buswell, Giovanni Pernice and Gorka Marquez.
Four new faces will be joining the line up, and they are: World Junior Latin American Champion 2010 and former Dancing With The Stars Ireland professional, Kai Widdrington; six-time Latin and Ballroom National Champion in Italy and former Let’s Dance Germany professional, Nikita Kuzmin; reigning South African Latin Champion, Cameron Lombard and Polish Open Latin Champion 2014 and winner of BBC One’s The Greatest Dancer 2020, Jowita Przystal.
We have already seen the foursome in rehearsals and they are set to make quite the debut from the looks of this group routine.
A new series of glam photos see the newbies take their glittering places alongside the Strictly stars ready to ease us into the cosy Autumn nights with more fun and fancy footwork.
All the dancers are decked out in shiny outfits as they posed for a stunning group photo on the Strictly stage, surrounded by gold, white and silver balloons.
The Strictly girls glam up (Picture: BBC)
A further shot gets all the girls together to pose up, while the boys smize in a separate group pic of their own.
Not among their number of course is long time star Anton Du Beke, who will replace Bruno Tonioli on the judging panel alongside Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood.
Also in this year’s celebrity line up are TV presenter AJ Odudu, Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite, actress Katie McGlynn, former EastEnders star Nina Wadia, Dragon’s Den businesswoman Sara Davies, comedian Robert Webb, CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson, actor Greg Wise, EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis, Olympian Adam Peaty and former England Rugby player Ugo Monye.
Here come the boys! (Picture: BBC)
John is going to be part of the show’s first ever male same sex pairing, and called it a ‘massive honour’.
Speaking on Steph’s Packed Lunch he said: ‘If I’d seen two lads or lasses dancing together on Saturday night TV and nobody made a fuss about it, I don’t think I’d have grown up with quite so much shame for being gay.
‘I just hope there are kids out there watching who don’t even question it, who watch it and think, I am who I am and I’m comfortable with that, and I’m accepted and loved and can be loved for who I am. It’s a massive privilege.’
Strictly Come Dancing launches September 18 on BBC One followed by the first live show on September 25.