Strictly Come Dancing 2013 has landed, with each celebrity contestant now paired off with their professional dancer.
As well as the record 15 celebrity dancers, there are also four full-time professional dancers to take into account this year. Model Abbey Clancy has been partnered with newbie Aljaz Skorjanec, newsreader Susanna Reid has bagged Kevin Clifton (who has previously performed in large SCD pro numbers), actor Patrick Robinson’s scooped up Anya Garnis and designer Julien Macdonald will be Janette Manrara’s first Strictly partner.
Plus, having stood in last year for an injured Aliona Vilani (who this year is replacing an injured Natalie Lowe), Iveta Lukosiute is now a permanent pro, partnering up with actor Mark Benton for the series.
Among the series regulars, Brendan Cole could be a force to be reckoned with as he’s paired with singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Artem Chigvintsev will be looking to whip Corrie’s Natalie Gumede into shape.
Kristina Rihanoff has scooped another sportsman in the shape of rugby player Ben Cohen, James Jordan has Vanessa Feltz, Countdown’s Rachel Riley will partner Pasha Kovalev (last year he danced with Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh) and popular SCD star Ola Jordan has bagged Hollyoaks hottie Ashley Taylor Dawson.
Let the competition begin!
And while they’ve hardly put a toe on the dancefloor, we do love a good guessing game, so check out the full list below and vote for who you think has the best chance of scooping the Strictly title. Premature? Us?