The new series of Strictly Come Dancing has got off to a great start, with the latest batch of celebrities getting on down to Don’t Stop Me Now on the dancefloor and pairing up with their professional dancers.
Fern Britton admits to Woman’s Own, ‘I wasn’t expecting to get Artem and I’m absolutely thrilled to bits! He’s a Strictly winner for a start – and bloody gorgeous! We’ve already had a conversation about how we’re going to work very hard together, but I’ve had to promise I won’t burst into tears!’
However, while the celebrities and dancers insist they’re all friends, Woman’s Own columnist Richard Arnold, partnered with Erin Boag, isn’t so sure. ‘Give it four weeks and we’ll be breaking heels off shoes, slicing trousers at the back… all that will be going on,’ he jokes.
The full list of celebrity and dancer pairings are:
Sid Owen and Ola Jordan
Michael Vaughan and Natalie Lowe
Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace
Fern Britton and Artem Chigvintsev
Johnny Ball and Aliona Vilani
Denise Van Outen and James Jordan
Jerry Hall and Anton du Beke
Victoria Pendleton and Brendan Cole
Kimberley Walsh and Pasha Kovalev
Nicky Byrne and Karen Hauer
Colin Salmon and Kristina Rihanoff
Lisa Riley and Robin Windsor
Richard Arnold and Erin Boag
Dani Harmer and Vincent Simone
Don’t miss Strictly’s first live show on BBC1, Friday 5 October.