Strictly day one training: nerves, a drug test and one fancy rumba outfit

The Strictly Come Dancing celebrities have hit the rehearsal room for the first time and there's already plenty going on...

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Ready the blister plasters and ice baths because this year’s Strictly Come Dancing celebrities are hitting the rehearsal room with their partners for the first time.Β 

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Presenter and DJ Melvin Odoom was certainly getting into the spirit of things, turning up in a rumba outfit:

His partner Janette Manrara seemed quite happy with his efforts, revealing she’ll be sharing sneak peek videos of their progress on her YouTube channel this year:

Meanwhile, singer Anastacia was opting to begin the week with a load of positivity…

… sort of

Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane is keeping things simple with a nice brew to kick-start her Strictly efforts

Model Daisy Lowe can only really sum things up with a picture of her on the floor surrounded by glitter – spot on for this show:


BBC sports presenter Ore Oduba has been pondering what Joanne Clifton is going to put him through

Which she promptly answered:

Meanwhile, Laura Whitmore is feeling like she’s starting school all over again

While Olympic long jumper Greg Rutherford had to complete a drugs test

Will Young, who has already slipped and hurt his foot (notably while not dancing), is – if these emojis are anything to go by – pretty apprehensive:

And there he was thinking this was a mistake…

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Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC1 later this month