Strictly Come Dancing 2013: the celebrities

In a somewhat disorganised manner the fifteen celebrity line-up for the 11th series of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing was revealed over the course of the past five days culminating in a full, BBC confirmed announcement on Monday night’s episode of The One Show.

Click below to find out who will be taking to the floor in a bid for the trophy this autumn.

Broadcasting personality and journalist Vanessa Feltz took the first spot on the official line-up sheet as her jump into the world of sparkles was announced while on air Thursday with It Takes Two host and former contestant Zoe Ball.

Breakfast presenter and newsreader dance troupe member Susanna Reid was reported in last Friday’s papers as the second contestant to commit to the dance floor. Although not officially confirmed until Monday, we were all pretty certain beforehand.

Golfing hero Tony Jacklin was revealed as the first celebrity male dancer after Bruce gave a series of terribly obvious clues to the viewers of Friday’s  The One Show including mentions of a ‘stroke of luck’ and how he may enjoy the ‘swing dance’.

Saturday now and clever-clogs Rachel Riley broke the news she was to join the line-up via a, what can only be described as embarrassing, video. Riley took over from Carol Vorderman on Countdown in 2008 and will now don the sparkles and fake tan just like her predecessor did in 2004.

Model and presenter Abbey Clancy – best known for her marriage to footballer Peter Crouch – was one of the first rumoured celebrities for this year and confirmed as true on Twitter regardless of whether she was actually supposed to or not.

Former Dragon and sickeningly rich Deborah Meaden is ready to enter the dancing den as she takes the final female spot on this year’s line-up. Confirmed via the Telegraph on Sunday, but officially announced on The One Show.

Representing the female contingent of soapstar land is crazy-haired beauty Natalie Gumede who became a prime target for the show after constantly admitting last year how she adored the show. Gumede became a household name after a stint in ITV’s Coronation Street as Kirsty who repeatedly abused her partner Tyrone and eventually ended up behind bars.

To the popstar category now and Sophie Ellis-Bextor is set for the glitterball challenge hoping to follow in the successful footsteps of winner Harry Judd or semi-finalist Holly Valance.

Singer and ex-Bond girl Fiona Fullerton brings the glamorous has-been air to this year’s proceedings.  Well, every year needs a has-been.

Star designer Julien Macdonald moves from lazily commenting on dresses on the It Takes Two sofa over to the dance-floor this year. A fair few people had Macdonald down as becoming half of the first Strictly Come Dancing same-sex couple but to no avail, because there are eight female celebrities instead.

Hairy Biker Dave Myers will swap presenting partner Simon King for a petite professional dancer and enters the ballroom. I dare to say he takes the position of this year’s write-off-before-it-even-begins contestant.

Hollyoaks actor Ashley Taylor Dawson– who was a singer for three whole years as well – represents the male sexy soapstar classification for series 11. Dawson is well known for his long-serving role in the Channel 4 soap opera as Darren Osbourne.

Former rugby union hotshot Ben Cohen works his way inside the Strictly scrum. Some may also know him for his work as an activist which he has been heavily involved in since his retirement a couple of years ago.

Last spotted in BBC’s own Waterloo Road, Mark Benton will compete on Strictly Come Dancing probably being the one we all write off before the series starts. I heard a rumour that ‘the guy who did the Abbey National adverts’ was appearing on the show and hoped for Alan Davies but alas…

Long-suffering BBC Casualty actor Patrick Robinson completes this year’s not-so-brilliant male line-up. Robinson is best known as charge nurse Ash in the hospital drama.

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Tasha’s predictions

Plucked from the depth of my brain using my gut feeling and some logic (no logic).

Abbey Clancy – Artem Chigvintsev

Natalie Gumede – Brendan Cole

Fiona Fullerton – Pasha Kovalev

Rachel Riley – Aljaž Skorjanec

Susanna Reid – Anton Du Beke

Vanessa Feltz – James Jordan

Deborah Meaden – Robin Windsor

Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Kevin Clifton

Tony Jacklin – Aliona Vilani

Ben Cohen – Kristina Rihanoff

Mark Benton – Karen Hauer

Ashley Taylor Dawson – Anya Garnis

Patrick Robinson – Iveta Lukosiute

Julien Macdonald – Janette Manrara

Dave Myers – Ola Jordan

Actual pairings

To be revealed on Saturday 7 September as the Wednesday-filmed Launch Show airs on BBC1 at 6.50pm.

I’m interested to know your pairing predictions. Post them in the comments section below and we’ll see on Saturday!


Posted on September 2, 2013, in Strictly Come Dancing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I’ll go for…

    Kevin & Rachel
    Robin & Sophie
    Artem & Fiona
    Pasha & Vanessa
    James & Susannah
    Anton & Deborah
    Brendan & Natalie
    Aljaz & Abbey

    Karen & Dave
    Kristina & Tony
    Janette & Julien
    Anya & Ashley
    Ola & Patrick
    Aliona & Mark
    Iveta & Ben


  2. seminaranalyse

    Patrick- Kristina
    Tony- Aliona
    Dave- Iveta
    Mark – Karen
    Julien – Anya
    Ashley – Ola
    Ben – Janette

    Sophie – Anton
    Vanessa – James
    Deborah – Pasha
    Fiona- Kevin
    Susanna – Robin
    Rachel – Brendan
    Abbey – Artem
    Natalie- Aljaz

    I’m probably the only one who hopes for sophie anton pairing.


  3. I’ll probably be completely wrong.

    Ben & Iveta
    Ashley & Karen
    Dave & Aliona
    Mark & Ola
    Patrick & Anya
    Tony & Kristina
    Julien & Janette

    Abbey & Brendan
    Sophie & James
    Natalie & Robin
    Rachel & Aljaz
    Fiona & Anton
    Susanna & Kevin
    Vanessa & Artem
    Deborah & Pasha


  4. So many new professionals this year that I feel like a newbie to Strictly coz I don’t know the names. 😦

    But hey… I’m sure I’ll soon get with it. Just hope that Ben will turn out to be a better dancer than Gavin to represent Rugby. 😉


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