Strictly Come Dancing 2012 – THE LINE-UP!!
We are all another year older since we last had a reveal day (or indeed started this reveal), but it didn’t stop BBC Strictly from treating us like we are little toddlers. Last Thursday night, we played the worst guessing game in history because ANYTHING COULD BE ANYONE. All we knew then was that Dani Harmer was celebrity outfit four because Tracy Beaker confirmed she was ditching Elaine the Pain and doing the show – after her own show went down the swanny. Much like my childhood now.
We woke up Friday morning to celebrity outfit one being for Daybreak annoyance Richard Arnold! Not too sure why he was released early, he’s hardly ground-breaking, but it could have been to stop the press from leaking it when the papers came. I just hope he doesn’t take after Lobb last year.
It transpired that the actual celebrity line-up reveal is today (Monday) meaning those irritating little clues dripped out all weekend drive me to the brink of insanity. On last Friday’s One Show, Nicky Byrne was added to the official line up after a truly painful half an hour episode.
Saturday came and went and we got a couple of things. 1) The Sun’s 12-person line-up and 2) confirmation of Kimberley Walsh joining the ‘class of 2012’. Then we got some dodgy photographs of contestants in Brucie masks and then all was quiet for the weekend. This morning was confirmation of Victoria Pendleton and then it was the afternoon wait…although by then we already pretty much knew.
Celebrity One: Actress Dani Harmer who is best known for her role as Tracy Beaker.
Celebrity Two: Journalist and ITV Daybreak’s Showbiz presenter Richard Arnold.
Celebrity Three: Singer Nicky Byrne of Westlife fame.
Celebrity Four: Girls Aloud stunner Kimberley Walsh.
Celebrity Five: Retired Olympic Cyclist and London 2012 Gold medal winner Victoria Pendleton
Celebrity Six: Pommel Horse London 2012 Silver medallist Louis Smith
Celebrity Seven: Former Emmerdale actress Lisa Riley
Celebrity Eight: Mick Jagger’s ex and supermodel Jerry Hall
Celebrity Nine: Presenter and theatre actress Denise Van Outen
Celebrity Ten: Children’s television presenter (and father of Zoe) Johnny Ball
Celebrity Eleven: The token Eastenders actor Sid Owen
Celebrity Twelve: Presenter and personality Fern Britton
Celebrity Thirteen: Retired Yorkshire and England star cricketer Michael Vaughan
Celebrity Fourteen: Resident Evil actor Colin Salmon
That the whole lead-up to the half line-up reveal was an infuriating waste of time. We didn’t want or need silly little clues; we just wanted a list of celebrities. Friday was bad enough but then to stall until Monday when the tabloids revealed it anyway was just so infuriating – especially for the blogging side of things.
Celebrity wise, Dani Harmer is one to watch because she’s young, bubbly, likable and, most importantly, she was very promising with her dancing on Let’s Dance. Kimberley Walsh and Nicky Byrne are, I guess, the ‘eye candy’ votes and we should expect to see the former in very skimpy costumes and the latter without a buttoned-up shirt most of the time. Team GB out in force this year – looking forward to seeing Vic Pendleton. All the aforementioned I am tipping to be good.
Not as enthusiastic about Richard Arnold, Lisa Riley and Fern Britton mostly because their voices grate on me. I know, bad reasoning but right now it’s the only one I’ve got. Also, Fern will be a lot of work as we saw from the Christmas special – but she could be a surprise.
Celeb-Pro Pairing Predictions:
Dani Harmer – Vincent Simone
Richard Arnold – Flavia Cacace
Nicky Byrne – Ola Jordan(/Kristina Rihanoff)
Kimberley Walsh – Artem Chigvintsev(/James Jordan)
Victoria Pendleton – Brendan Cole(/James Jordan)
Louis Smith – Kristina Rihanoff
Lisa Riley – Anton Du Beke(/Robin Windsor)
Jerry Hall – Pasha Kovalev(/Anton Du Beke)
Denise Van Outen – James Jordan(/Brendan Cole)
Johnny Ball – Aliona Vilani(/Ola Jordan)
Sid Owen – Karen Hauer(/Aliona Vilani)
Fern Britton – Robin Windsor(/Anton Du Beke)
Michael Vaughan – Erin Boag(/Natalie Lowe)
Colin Salmon – Natalie Lowe(/Erin Boag)
….the ones in brackets are basically my second guesses – cheating I know but, hey.
And where next?
Firstly, I don’t have to watch The One Show again for another year.
The Strictly Come Dancing 2012 launch show is on BBC1 on Saturday 15th September 2012 at 6.30pm.
However, it is actually filmed on Wednesday, so if you watch Digital Spy’s forums, who knows what you may find…
Posted on September 10, 2012, in Strictly Come Dancing and tagged 2012, Anton du Beke, colin salmon, dani harmer, denise van outen, fern britton, johnny ball, kimberley walsh, lisa riley, louis smith, michael vaughan, nicky byrne, Ola Jordan, richard arnold, scd, series 10, sid owen, Strictly Come Dancing, the one show, victoria pendleton. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.