Anxiety is in the air as the stars of Strictly Come Dancing 2017 prepare for their first live show

It's almost time for the first Strictly 2017 live show and the celebrities are definitely feeling the nerves

Rehearsal Strictly Come Dancing Aston Merrygold Janette Manrara

The first live show of the Strictly Come Dancing 2017 season is just hours away – and 15 very nervous celebrities are just about to hit the dance floor. But how are they preparing? And are they ready to show off their moves?

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Here’s the class of 2017…

First up there was the official pre-live-show Strictly dinner at the pub.

Team dinner! @rimmersimon @jmanrara @gorka_marquez @mollieking @aj11ace @mrs_katjones @pernicegiovann1 ✌🏼✌🏼✌🏼

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But then it was morning, and time to get dressed and head to the studio. Will these be lucky socks for EastEnders star Davood Ghadami when he gets out there tonight? He’ll be performing the Cha Cha Cha to Dedication to My Ex by Lloyd ft Andre 3000.

Aston and Janette, who are getting ready to foxtrot, were all smiles as they arrived at the BBC studio to prepare for tonight’s show.

The Reverend Richard Coles is keeping things casual. Strictly – what Strictly?

Still, at least he’s sufficiently orange.

Meanwhile, Simon Rimmer, who is taking on the difficult Paso Doble, is having a moment of realisation.

@bbcstrictly update

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“It’s so surreal,” says Ruth Langsford. “I’ll see you later – on the dance floor! Eeek!”

Here I go…..!!! 💃 @bbcstrictly @mrantondubeke #strictlycomedancing #tonight #nervous #excited

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Susan Calman is also feeling the nerves. Who needs an alarm clock when ANXIETY and ADRENALIN kicks in?

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Will the stars of Strictly 2017 be ready for the challenge? Or will their last-minute nerves get the better of them? We’ll find out tonight when Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC1 at 6.25pm.