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New dancers join Strictly, but Redknapps rule out joint appearance

Rehearsals for this year's Strictly Come Dancing have kicked off.

A new photo gives a sneak peek at the professional dancers in a studio.

Among them are old favourites like Brendan Cole, Anton Du Beke, Kristina Rihanoff, Natalie Lowe, Ola Jordan and more.

There are three new professional dancers joining this year's line-up: Russian-born Gleb Savchenko, 2012 Italian champion Giovanni Pernice and South African pro Otlile Mabuse.

There has been no official word on the celebrity faces joining the show, but names being whispered about are ITV presenter Adrian Chiles, husband and wife duo Richard and Judy, and Good Morning Britain's Ben Shephard.

Recent reports that Jamie and Louise Redknapp were in talks to appear on the show were denied.

"The story reported is completely untrue. Jamie and Louise are not appearing in Strictly this year," their spokeswoman told the Press Association.

BBC officials said at the time they "don't comment on speculation regarding line-up".

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