This is classic Strictly. Find a song – any song – with the name of the celebrity in it. And so with The Saturdays singer Mollie King and pro dancer AJ Pritchard, they’ve gone full LOL and plumped for Good Golly Miss Molly. Eh! EH! She’s already the bookies’ favourite to win the show, but will Mollie get off to a flying start with this Jive?
Who doesn’t love a bit of Buble? Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins will be hoping that she has many more weeks of Strictly ahead of her and that her best is yet to come after this debut with partner Brendan Cole.
The Strictly Pun Machine has clearly malfunctioned here. A few years ago, TV chef Ainsley Harriott was salsaing to Don’t Touch My Tomatoes. Now, fellow chef and Sunday Brunch host Simon Rimmer has been given an angsty anthem to make his debut with alongside Karen Clifton.
What with all that ‘Strictly Curse’ stuff, we’re not sure the song Dedication To My Ex is a good idea! Never mind, EastEnders actor Davood Ghadami will be Cha-Cha-Cha-ing with newbie Nadiya Bychkova, and we certainly get the feeling that Davood might turn out to be a bit of a mover. These two will be ones to watch!
Why oh why isn’t Rev. Richard Coles dancing to Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi?! Frankly, we think it’s an outrage. But There Must Be An Angel is still a solid pun, so we’re going with it. Paired with new pro Dianne Buswell, the broadcaster previously revealed that a “hideously ambitious diva” could emerge once he gets dancing. We have literally everything crossed for this to happen.
When we think of comedian and TV presenter Brian Conley, the first thing that doesn’t come to mind is ‘Tango’. We hope newcomer Amy Dowden has managed to whip him into shape for week one and he won’t be living up to his nickname of Dangerous Brian when he dances to Temptation by Heaven 17.
This is basically a Strictly Come Dancing staple; no series would be complete without it. The lucky couple jiving to this uplifting, bouncy classic are Joe McFadden and Katya Jones. If this doesn’t get them off to a cracking start for the series, we don’t know what would.
X Factor’s Alexandra Burke has already won one huge TV talent show; can she make it two? She’s having a sedate start to the competition with this Waltz to the Aretha Franklin hit, and we think her and Gorka Marquez will make some magic on the dance floor with this.
This seems like an anthem for Anton Du Beke and his time on Strictly. Despite this being his 15th series, he’s never actually won the show before. But maybe This Morning and Loose Women presenter Ruth Langsford will be the one to turn his fortunes around? We’ll have to wait and see how she fares with this Waltz, which despite being billed as Family Guy creator’s Seth MacFarlane rendition, is actually a Frank Sinatra classic.
Holby City star Chizzy Akudolu previously revealed that she won a disco dancing competition when she was 13 years old, so Boogie Fever is going to be right up her street. With Gemma Atkinson, Davood Ghadami and Rev. Richard Coles all doing Cha Chas too, her and pro Pasha Kovalev will no doubt be busting out their best moves.
You see what they did there? Instead of dancing to Magic by Coldplay or Black Magic by Little Mix or something with an equally silly sorcery link, the Strictly producers have given Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice Be Italian. Hilare!