Strictly Come Dancing returned to our television sets on Saturday 8th September 2018. Airing on BBC One, the celebrity dance show is now in its 16th season and we couldn’t be more excited about its return!
After much speculation about who the dance couples would be, we finally know all 15 pairs after having watched the launch show last weekend. We also got a look at their skills and if you think you know who will be the first to go then place a bet with the Fame Game and earn cash while watching Strictly Come Dancing. Place bets on who will be out next, who will win the competition, and much more.
And for those who missed the opening show, we’ll run through a few details about this year’s celebrities to give you an idea of their chances.
Dr Ranj Singh is, as his title suggests, a real doctor. He studied in London and worked at several prestigious hospitals specialising in paediatrics before creating a health show for CBeebies. Singh might know medicine, but does he know how to tango?
Joe Sugg is a Youtube star who’s videos regularly get millions of views. Joe’s most popular videos are of him pranking people; its not clear yet how his background will help him on the Strictly dance floor.
Katie Piper is the presenter of Channel 4 show, Bodyshockers. After being attacked with acid in 2008, Piper was forced to give up her aspirations to become a model. Her story was featured on a Channel 4 documentary in 2009, making Katie a famous name in the UK. We’re still wondering whether she knows anything about dancing.
The 25-year-old Paralympic athlete, Lauren Steadman, has competed in numerous paratriathlons. She will be competing at the World Championships in Australia in between filming Strictly. Will Steadman’s high-level fitness win her the competition or will her fully-booked schedule hold her back.
The BBC3 documentary presenter, Stacey Dooley was happy to pair with Kevin Clifton who she had had her eye on. The glitz and glamour of Strictly are a far cry from Dooley’s usually serious subject matter. How will she get on in this new environment?
The 42-year-old singer, previously of the pop group Step, has most recently been involved in theatre. In 2013, Faye performed in the musical The Tailor-Made Man at the Arts Theatre in London. We have a hunch that her long career in music and theatre might prove useful during the competition.
The 36-year-old American singer, songwriter, model, presenter, etc. etc., is perhaps best known as being a former member of the Pussycat Dolls. Strictly Come Dancing will not be her first appearance on a British reality TV show, Roberts appeared on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! in 2012 and was a judge on Dancing on Ice. We’re guessing all that rigorous training in preparation for performing the choreographed dance routines the Pussycat Dolls are famous for might just be of use to Ashley during the competition.
The 48-year-old Essex gal should be a familiar face to anyone who watches the BBC; Kate Silverton regularly presents the BBC News at One, Six, and Ten, and the BBC Weekend News. But while she might know a lot about national and international affairs, it’s unclear whether she also has a talent for dancing.
The 39-year-old former England cricketer, Graeme Swann, rose to the top of his field as a bowler, however he has already proved himself to be a pitiful dancer. Let’s see how long he will last!
The 56-year-old fashion journalist and author of What Not to Wear, made her name with the BBC back in 2001 as the host of a fashion show. She turned up on The Oprah Winfrey Show as a fashion advisor and co-hosted Trinny and Susannah Undress on ITV. I’m sure she’ll have plenty to say about the contestants get ups but will her colour matching capabilities make her a good dancer?
Victoria Hope is a 28-year-old radio presenter. She is best known as the host of Capital FM’s Capital Breakfast Show. She studied modern languages at Cambridge University and works with Amnesty International. Among the younger generation of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing contestants and with a keen ear for music as a radio presenter perhaps Vick will be a lively challenger.
Charles Venn has popped up in a number of popular UK television shows, including EastEnders, Casualty, and Footballers’ Wives. He also appeared in The Dark Knight and The Bourne Ultimatum in bit roles. He warned us he might release the Harlem Shuffle at some point during the show, but will this be enough to win it?
The 32-year-old comedian Seann Walsh has appeared on numerous television programmes including: 8 Out of 10 Cats, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and Comic Relief’s 24 Hour Panel People. He has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and, thus far, shown no interest in dancing whatsoever…
Danny John-Jules is best known for his role as Cat in Red Dwarf, however, before he became an actor, Danny was part of a dance group called Second Generation, which performed in many of London’s West End theatres. A few years have passed since Danny’s Second Generation days but no doubt he still got a few moves.
The 35-year-old Blue member, Lee Ryan, has revitalised his career at the BBC after he landed a role in EastEnders. The singer come actor is clearly versatile, but will he be able to compete on Strictl
There you have it! A run down of the 15 Strictly Come Dancing couples a few words on their chances. If you think you know better, why not place a bet on Strictly Come Dancing with the Fame Game app. Its easy and we’ve got the best odds and most options available anywhere!
The next episode of Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday 15th at 19:30 on BBC One. We’ll see you there!