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Susan Calman reveals emotional response to her official Strictly picture

The official pictures of the contestants and dancers for this year’s series have been revealed.

Susan Calman has revealed her mother’s reaction to her official Strictly Come Dancing photograph made her cry.

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Susan Calman, one of the contestants on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing

The first official pictures of the celebrities and judges have been released and Calman’s shows her posing in a black and gold sparkly dress.

She posted the snap on Twitter, writing alongside it: “Sent my Mum my official Strictly photo. She said I looked beautiful. I had a bit of a cry. A happy cry.”

The 4ft 10in Scottish comedian was the ninth celebrity to be confirmed for the BBC One series.

Following the announcement on Jeremy Vine’s BBC Radio 2 show, Calman said it would be the first time in 25 years that she would be wearing a dress.

She told Vine she had not worn a dress or heels – Strictly costume staples – since she was 17.

She added: “My mother will die happy to see me in a dress. To finally see me in glitter and a dress.”

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Susan Calman (left), Aston Merrygold and Debbie McGee at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2017

The comedian and radio presenter said she was looking forward to Strictly because it was “so different from my everyday life that I think it’s important to challenge yourself and this is probably the greatest challenge I’ll ever have in my life”.

Calman said she was going to ask her friend and former Strictly contestant Carol Kirkwood for some advice.

She also joked she would “hang around Judy Murray’s house and see if she can tell me anything”.

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