Strictly Come Dancing 2022: launch present – stay | Strictly Come Dancing

Can I just say that it’s SO lovely to see a full studio audience again. I hadn’t realised how much I’d missed it until it came back.

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James has ZERO dance experience (drink). He’s in Albert Square to discover that he’s been paired with Amy Dowden, then says he is incredibly relieved and feels like a winner already. DRINK.

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Helen informs us that she has three little kids. DRINK.

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She takes her black labrador (Spiderman, for some reason) to Roundhay Park to discover she’s been partnered up with Gorka Marquez, who can definitely understand a northern accent because he’s engaged to Strictly alumni Gemma Atkinson. He was a surprise Movie Week exit with Katie McGlynn last year, so hopefully he’ll hang around a little longer this time round.

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Helen is genuinely over the moon. I actually believe her, because it’s GORKA.

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Up next is Helen Skelton, who is a TV and radio broadcaster, former Blue Peter alumni, and now does lots of stuff on BBC sport and Countryfile. She’s been rumoured for Strictly for so long I’d sort of convinced myself she’d already done it, but no. Still, better late than never.

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Whilst we’ve lost Aljaz and Oti this year, we’ve gained FOUR newbies. So let’s meet European cup winner Vito Coppola, Chinese National Champion Carlos Gu, former Under-21 British National Champion Lauren Oakley and Cyprus Latin dance champion Michelle Tsiakkas.

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They are all very young and beautiful, and Vito has a whiff of a man whose shirts inexplicably have no buttons. Must be an Italian thing.

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Please note that I have already forgotten all their names. Even four years on, I have to go and look up Graziano every time he appears in a musical interlude.

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Apparently Will has seen Anton a the local tip, because they live near each other. If you’ve ever encountered a Strictly star at a local municipal facility, let us know in the comments.

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He’s been coupled up with Nancy Xu, who made it all the way to the Semi-final with Rhys Stephenson last year. Can she go one better and waltz Will all the way to the Grand Final? She’s already made it as far as Runcorn.

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Apparently Kym already knows all the Strictly pros because they regularly appear on Morning Live, a BBC daytime show she presents. Did I put ‘current project plugging’ on the bingo? Have a bonus drink anyway. Also she’s just become a grandma for the third time, aged 46. I mean, that’s at least three nana drinks, right?

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She’s been partnered with Graziano Di Prima, which could be another very good coupling. Last year Graz was partnered with Judi Love, which has made me want to watch her twerking to Sean Paul’s Get Busy again. What a moment.

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Tyler’s mum! Drink! He’s been paired with Dianne Buswell, who finds Tyler DJ-ing in a pod on the London Eye. Is that even a thing?

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Dianne immediately names them Team Ty-Di, and I’m getting good vibes from this partnership – last year Dianne was paired with Robert Webb, who decided to leave the show for health reasons fairly early on.

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Ellie (who will henceforth be known as Ellie S, to distinguish her from Ellie T) tells us that it means everything to be representing not just dwarfism, but disability in general – the prospect of going out there and dancing every Saturday night makes her SO proud.

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She’s been paired with Nikita Kuzmin. Last year Nikita made it to Week 10 with Tilly Ramsay – can he do better this year?

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OK, I already love this partnership. They’re both adorable.

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First up is Ellie Simmonds OBE, who is is best known as a gold medal-winning Paralympic swimmer and broadcaster. At the age of thirteen she was the youngest British athlete at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, and won gold medals in the 100m and 400m freestyle events. Her first dance tomorrow will almost certainly have a watery theme, because that’s Strictly law.

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Tess in white flares and some kind of gold cape/scarf thing with a weird baggy sleeve. Claudia’s in a rather fabulous white suit.

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I think we’ll call that a mixed bag from Tess and Clauds, who had a generally solid season last year, bar a few notable exceptions (dog collar pantsuits. No). They are both stunning and fabulous and rocking it for the older woman, so let’s cross our fingers for weekly fashion heaven. God knows we’ve seen enough wonky bin bags and polyester coffin linings over the years.

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A new season of Strictly calls for a new season of Strictly Come Bingo! If you’re new around here, this is a fun weekly drinking game, whereby I list five Strictly tropes, clichés and pet peeves, then invite you to take a sip whenever you spot one. It doesn’t have to be booze – you can always choose water and increase your hydration levels. I also know someone who keeps a bowl of Haribo Tangfastics on the arm of the sofa and eats one every time there’s a bingo score – some weeks are more intensely sugary than others.

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I did consider easing you in gently, particularly as we have to do it all again tomorrow. But it’s our first ever Friday night Strictly so I’m feeling a bit giddy – so take a swig of whatever tickles your fancy for any occurrence of the following:

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  • Someone claiming they can’t dance at all

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  • Someone demonstrating their dance skills by doing the robot/running man

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  • The word ‘excited’

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  • Any early mentions of parents, nannas or kids

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  • ”OMG he/she was definitely the person I was hoping to be partnered with” *big fat lie face*

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Good evening all, and welcome back for the 20th series of Strictly Come Dancing! I’m delighted to be back on my liveblog sofa, and hope you’ll join me for another autumn of communal watching. It’s been a challenging year for many once again, but this blog – and in particular the comment box – brings its own unique brand of low-cost sparkly energy.

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Tonight’s pre-recorded launch show is an opportunity to pair up our fifteen new celebs with their pro-dancer partners – this should have been broadcast last Saturday, but it was considered inappropriate to festoon the nation in fake tan and feathers while the Queen was still lying in state. So the launch is tonight, and the first live show is tomorrow. That’s *checks notes* just short of four hours of liveblogging in total, but it’s all going to be fine because I’m banking on plenty of support from all of you down below. If you’re a first-timer, feel free to come out from behind your lurker curtains and join in. If you’re an old hand, welcome back. I’ve missed you.

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We’re kicking the new Strictly season off at 7pm, so please gather snacks, drinks, family members and a bucket of glitter, and I’ll see you then!

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Key occasions

It is James and Amy!

Can I simply say that it’s SO beautiful to see a full studio viewers once more. I hadn’t realised how a lot I’d missed it till it got here again.

James has ZERO dance expertise (drink). He’s in Albert Sq. to find that he’s been paired with Amy Dowden, then says he’s extremely relieved and seems like a winner already. DRINK.

It is Helen and Gorka!

Helen informs us that she has three little youngsters. DRINK.

She takes her black labrador (Spiderman, for some cause) to Roundhay Park to find she’s been partnered up with Gorka Marquez, who can undoubtedly perceive a northern accent as a result of he’s engaged to Strictly alumni Gemma Atkinson. He was a shock Film Week exit with Katie McGlynn final 12 months, so hopefully he’ll dangle round just a little longer this time spherical.

Helen is genuinely over the moon. I truly imagine her, as a result of it’s GORKA.

Let’s meet Hamza Yassin, who is a wildlife cameraman and presenter on BBC’s Animal Park and Countryfile. He additionally competes within the Highland Video games and rides round Scotland on a bike in his spare time.

How lengthy earlier than Hamza seems in a kilt, do we expect? Hold a dram of one thing on standby for Bonus Kilt Bingo.

Hamza Yassin on Strictly {Photograph}: Ray Burmiston/BBC

Subsequent up is singer-songwriter, TV and radio presenter Fleur East, greatest identified for being a runner-up on The X Issue after which releasing absolutely the banger ‘Sax’. She additionally did I’m a Celeb in 2018 and is historically rumoured to be the UK’s entry for Eurovision yearly with out fail. That hasn’t but come to move, however I’m joyful to accept her being on Strictly as an alternative.

Please preserve a bottle on standby for the time Tess or Claudia says ‘Take to the Fleur’. And the six occasions after that.

Fleur East on Strictly
Fleur East on Strictly {Photograph}: Ray Burmiston/PA

Time to fulfill James Bye is an actor, greatest identified for enjoying Martin Fowler on EastEnders. The final time I watched EastEnders Martin Fowler was about eight years outdated, so presumably quite a bit has occurred within the interim. James is, nevertheless, completely named for an early exit, so hopefully he gained’t allow us to down by going all the way in which.

James Bye on Strictly
James Bye on Strictly {Photograph}: Ray Burmiston/PA

Let’s meet some extra celebs!

Up subsequent is Helen Skelton, who’s a TV and radio broadcaster, former Blue Peter alumni, and now does plenty of stuff on BBC sport and Countryfile. She’s been rumoured for Strictly for therefore lengthy I’d kind of satisfied myself she’d already completed it, however no. Nonetheless, higher late than by no means.

Helen Skelton on Strictly
Helen Skelton on Strictly {Photograph}: Ray Burmiston/PA

Let’s meet our 4 execs!

While we’ve misplaced Aljaz and Oti this 12 months, we’ve gained FOUR newbies. So let’s meet European cup winner Vito Coppola, Chinese language Nationwide Champion Carlos Gu, former Underneath-21 British Nationwide Champion Lauren Oakley and Cyprus Latin dance champion Michelle Tsiakkas.

They’re all very younger and exquisite, and Vito has a whiff of a person whose shirts inexplicably haven’t any buttons. Should be an Italian factor.

Please word that I’ve already forgotten all their names. Even 4 years on, I’ve to go and lookup Graziano each time he seems in a musical interlude.

It is Will and Nancy!

Apparently Will has seen Anton a the native tip, as a result of they stay close to one another. Should you’ve ever encountered a Strictly star at a neighborhood municipal facility, tell us within the feedback.

He’s been coupled up with Nancy Xu, who made all of it the way in which to the Semi-final with Rhys Stephenson final 12 months. Can she go one higher and waltz Will all the way in which to the Grand Closing? She’s already made it so far as Runcorn.

It is Kym and Graziano!

Apparently Kym already is aware of all of the Strictly execs as a result of they often seem on Morning Reside, a BBC daytime present she presents. Did I put ‘present challenge plugging’ on the bingo? Have a bonus drink anyway. Additionally she’s simply turn into a grandma for the third time, aged 46. I imply, that’s at the least three nana drinks, proper?

She’s been partnered with Graziano Di Prima, which might be one other superb coupling. Final 12 months Graz was partnered with Judi Love, which has made me wish to watch her twerking to Sean Paul’s Get Busy once more. What a second.

It is Tyler and Dianne!

Tyler’s mum! Drink! He’s been paired with Dianne Buswell, who finds Tyler DJ-ing in a pod on the London Eye. Is that even a factor?

Dianne instantly names them Workforce Ty-Di, and I’m getting good vibes from this partnership – final 12 months Dianne was paired with Robert Webb, who determined to go away the present for well being causes pretty early on.

It is Ellie S and Nikita!

Ellie (who will henceforth be often known as Ellie S, to tell apart her from Ellie T) tells us that it means every little thing to be representing not simply dwarfism, however incapacity basically – the prospect of going on the market and dancing each Saturday night time makes her SO proud.

She’s been paired with Nikita Kuzmin. Final 12 months Nikita made it to Week 10 with Tilly Ramsay – can he do higher this 12 months?

OK, I already love this partnership. They’re each cute.

Subsequent up it’s Will Mellor, an actor who I do know from enjoying Jambo in Hollyoaks, despite the fact that I’ve by no means truly watched Hollyoaks. He’s additionally completed a great deal of different performing stuff, together with enjoying Harvey in Corrie.

My notes additionally inform me that he additionally had a chart hit in 1998 with a canopy of Leo Sayer’s Once I Want You. Within the spirit of investigative journalism, I went and watched the video for this so that you don’t should, and might affirm that it’s precisely what’d you anticipate from a 1998 Leo Sayer cowl sung by an angsty twenty-something. I blame Peter Andre, personally.

Will Mellor on Strictly
Will Mellor on Strictly {Photograph}: Ray Burmiston/PA

It’s time to fulfill Kym Marsh, who’s greatest know for her position of Michelle Connor in Coronation Avenue, for which she gained ‘Finest Newcomer’ at each the Nationwide Tv Awards and British Cleaning soap Awards. Until, in fact you’re over 35, wherein case Kym Marsh is greatest identified for being one of many three girls in Hear’Say. I persistently get them combined up with Liberty X as a result of I’m now, apparently, my nan.

Kym Marsh on Strictly
Kym Marsh on Strictly {Photograph}: Ray Burmiston/PA

Subsequent up it’s Tyler West is a TV presenter, radio host and DJ, greatest identified for internet hosting weekday afternoons on KISS. He additionally used to do plenty of stuff on CBBC, which appears to be the standard coaching floor for an eventual spin across the Strictly dancefloor.

Shout out to Tyler’s mum. DRINK.

Tyler West on Strictly
Tyler West on Strictly {Photograph}: Ray Burmiston/PA

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