Belfast Telegraph

See the first fabulous snaps of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing couples

With training well under way, hopeful pairs found time for a quick pose in all their glittering garb.

The first photos of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing couples have been released just days before the celebrities and their professional partners hit the dance floor for the first time.

After barely a week of training since the partners were announced during the BBC One contest’s live launch show, the couples are already trying on their glittering gowns and practising their poses before taking to the stage.

First in line is singer Alexandra Burke with partner Gorka Marquez.

Alexandra Burke, Gorka Marquez.

Pretty in pink is entertainer Debbie McGee with Giovanni Pernice.

Debbie McGee, Giovanni Pernice

JLS’s Aston Merrygold sparkles in silver with Janette Manrara.

Aston Merrygold, Janette Manrara .

Soap star Joe McFadden is already practising his (sort of) lifts with Katya Jones.

Joe McFadden, Katya Jones.

TV chef Simon Rimmer acts the dapper chap with partner Karen Clifton.

Simon Rimmer, Karen Clifton.

Comedian Susan Calman is getting used to both her dress and her dream partner, Kevin Clifton.


This Morning presenter Ruth Langsford keeps things classy and elegant with show veteran Anton Du Beke.


Meanwhile, newsreader Charlotte Hawkins strikes a pose with Brendan Cole.

Charlotte Hawkins, Brendan Cole.

Rev Richard Coles adds a priestly touch to his costume with Strictly newcomer Dianne Buswell.

Rev Richard Coles, Dianne Buswell.

EastEnders’ Davood Ghadami looks every bit the dancer with Nadiya Bychkova.

Nadiya Bychkova, Davood Ghadami.

The Saturdays’ Mollie King glimmers in gold with AJ Pritchard.

Mollie King, AJ Pritchard.

Actress Gemma Atkinson pulls some shapes in her new red-hot look with Aljaz Skorjanec.

Gemma Atkinson, Aljaz Skorjanec.

Fellow actress Chizzy Akudolu also opts for a fiery look in both dress and pose with Pasha Kovalev.

Chizzy Akudolu, Pasha Kovalev.

Presenter Brian Conley rocks the bow tie and the jazzy jacket with Amy Dowden.

Amy Dowden, Brian Conley.

Last but not least, Paralympian Jonnie Peacock beams with partner Oti Mabuse.

Oti Mabuse, Jonnie Peacock.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One at 6.25pm on Saturday.


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