Tonight's launch show saw this year's crop of Strictly celebs paired with their professional dancers – and Hollyoaks star Ashley Taylor Dawson says he's more than happy with his partner, 2009 winner Ola Jordan.
"She’s an amazing dancer and I can’t wait to be one on one and see how far she can push me, and see what I can do," Ashley told RadioTimes.com. "She’s amazing, she’s one of the first dancers I worked with and she made me feel so comfortable."
The 31-year-old actor, who is about to have a second child with girlfriend Karen McKay, said he'd also been enjoying some backstage banter with Ola's husband James Jordan, another of the Strictly pro dancers.
"[Ola's] married to James as well and I’ve got a banter with him behind the scenes," said Ashley. "He legged me up on one of my first dances and I fell right to the floor and I thought 'Right you’re getting it mate'. We’ve had an ongoing laugh and a gag. I feel really comfortable with both of them."
Ashley also revealed how a "speed dancing" session helped decide which of the professional dancers would be paired with which celebrity.
"I danced with most of them because we’ve been through rehearsals," said Ashley. "We did a crazy thing called speed dancing where you get to dance with all of them really quickly. They’ve all been fantastic, they’re all great."