Strictly Come Dancing 2016: the launch

Strictly Come Dancing returned to screens this year for the first time to pair up the 15 celebrities signed up to twirl their way around Elstree to take us up until Christmas.

You can catch all the Strictly gossip in this handy list.

This is my sixth year writing about Strictly – and of course I’ve watched from the beginning – so, while nowhere near even a bit of a dance expert even now, I have seen a lot of changes to the show. One being the launch show, which I still think needs to be done more like the World Cup and Champions League draws.

The entire first 10 minutes of the show are performed in spacesuits and silver hotpants (not for the men *frown emoji*) with a rocket theme to proceedings in the most cringeworthy thing I have ever had the misfortune to watch. Eventually – after much tosh – we end up on the red carpet and then in the studio.

What rubbish. Absolute rubbish.

It was out of this world.

We wish.

The pairings:

Lesley Joseph and Anton du Beke
Naga Munchetty and Pasha Kovalev
Daisy Lowe and Aljaž Skorjanec
Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton
Tameka Empson and Gorka Marquez
Claudia Fragapane and AJ Pritchard
Anastacia and Brendan Cole
Laura Whitmore and Giovanni Pernice
Greg Rutherford and Natalie Lowe
‘Judge’ Robert Rinder and Oksana Platero
Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse
Melvin Odoom and Janette Manrara
Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton
Will Young and Karen Hauer
Ed Balls and Katya Jones

BENCHED: Chloe Hewitt and Neil Jones

Anything else happen?

The professionals all performed a samba/salsa/literally everything to the tune of the conga – no idea – and the SIX new faces were introduced in their professional pairings (Chloe and AJ, Katya and Neil and Oksana and Gorka). The costumes were very bright.

The class of 2016 dance was, as ever, traumatic. This year, the song of choice was ‘Shake a Tail Feather’ which should always be performed dressed as Chicken Little. Must confess, I didn’t really know where to look and who to watch. My attention was cut once I clapped eyes on Ed Balls, because I thought he was a testcard.

So, what now?

We have the two-and-a-bit week ‘phoney war‘ during which nothing much really happens, a lot of videos and photos get tweeted and it all gears up for the first weekend (split into two) in which nobody actually goes out. Seven couples will perform Friday 23 September (9pm) and the other eight on Saturday 24 September.

The odd thing about that is how they split the first week to balance the time out (and milk the opening, although I do think it should be Saturday and Sunday). However, since nobody goes out, the next week when all 15 perform is a right bottom-ache watch.

I suggest you use the mid-September break to raid IKEA and ASDA. #cushions #wine #chocolate



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