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?
Here’s the class of 2017…
— Oti Mabuse (@OtiMabuse) September 23, 2017
First up there was the official pre-live-show Strictly dinner at the pub.
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.
— Davood Ghadami (@DavoodGhadami) September 23, 2017
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.
— Janette Manrara (@JManrara) September 23, 2017
The Reverend Richard Coles is keeping things casual. Strictly – what Strictly?
Why, is something happening today?
— Richard Coles (@RevRichardColes) September 23, 2017
Still, at least he’s sufficiently orange.
"I don't mind if you don't mind". "Well, I don't mind if you don't mind". And so Debbie McGee and I were spray-tanned together #Strictly
— Richard Coles (@RevRichardColes) September 22, 2017
Meanwhile, Simon Rimmer, who is taking on the difficult Paso Doble, is having a moment of realisation.
— simonrimmer (@simonrim) September 23, 2017
“It’s so surreal,” says Ruth Langsford. “I’ll see you later – on the dance floor! Eeek!”
Susan Calman is also feeling the nerves. Who needs an alarm clock when ANXIETY and ADRENALIN kicks in?
Up early. Can't sleep. No idea why. It's not like I'm doing anything important today. pic.twitter.com/KaeZeDpxMC
— Susan Calman (@SusanCalman) September 23, 2017
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.