Jay and Aliona are back in the Strictly rehearsal room

The reigning champ is prepping for his return to the dance floor but his feet are "killing"

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Jay McGuiness is back in rehearsals for Strictly Come Dancing.

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No, the reigning champ hasn’t decided to have another bash at the ballroom competition – he’s returned to prepare for his winner’s dance on the opening show

It’s always great to see the previous champion return and show the new Strictly line-up what it’s all about and it’s even sweeter this time around because pro Aliona Vilani is back, too. 

Much to fans’ disappointment, Vilani left the show last year after becoming the first ever pro to win the glitterball trophy more than once. 

The pair has plenty going on as they’re also getting ready for a new touring live show Keep Dancing, which features various stars from Strictly – including fan fave Robin Windsor – dancing alongside world-champion Ballroom and Latin Dancers. 

It looks like nothing’s changed, as while McGuiness says he’s happy to be back dancing with his winning partner, posting a snap of the pair in a rehearsal studio, he also admits his feet are “killing”. Well, Vilani hasn’t created two champs by going easy on them, has she?

So nice to be back with the Russian doll. Thanks @alionavilani, what a work out- feet killing! #KeepDancing

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As for what McGuiness and Vilani will dance when they get back in the Strictly ballroom, I think many will be hoping for their Pulp Fiction-inspired Jive.

But there’s no hints yet, so we’ll have to just wait and see… 

See the full list of celebrities confirmed for this year’s Strictly

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Strictly Come Dancing returns Saturday 3rd September at 6:50pm on BBC1