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Molly is very excitable and I’m finding her joy quite infectious. She’s partnered with Carlos Gu, who is another of this year’s newbies. I know literally nothing about either of these two, which is why they will undoubtedly be my favourites by Week 6. That’s just how Strictly goes.

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Ellie T had Johannes at the top of her pro partner wish list, and through the magic of Strictly her wish has been granted and she’s paired up with Johannes Radebe. OK, I’m a bit excited about this one.

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Johannes says that meeting Ellie has already been joyous, because he is the loveliest man on earth. Apart from Hamza.

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Matt has been partnered with Nadiya Bychkova, who was paired up with Dan Walker last year and made it to Week… *checks notes*…really? That far? Must be a typo.

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Matt is ready to put his heart and soul into this, and I think I’m going to have to add ‘Matt Goss talking in metaphor’ to the bingo. He’s a fascinating human being, but also (whispers it) the the one most likely to have a colossal meltdown. There, I said it.

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Next up it’s Matt Goss, who is…well, he’s Matt Goss. Eighties pop legend and the frontman of Bros, still a singer-songwriter and all-round quite intense human being. I was fourteen when the first Bros album came out, so apologies in advance if I occasionally make an involuntary squealing noise and get a bit befuddled.

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Incidentally, if you haven’t yet watched the 2018 Matt Goss documentary After The Screaming Stops, you really should. It’s INCREDIBLE.

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Matt also loves a hat, which is good news for future bingo lovers.

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Lovely to see last year’s Glitterball winners Rose and Giovanni back on Strictly, and revisit their amazing journey last year. Rose was one of the celebs I’d never heard of at the start of the series, but she and Gio turned out to be one of the most special partnerships Strictly has ever seen.

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They take another spin around the Strictly dancefloor, gifting us another look at their fabulous Viennese Waltz to Fallin’ by Alicia Keys. Such a gorgeous dance, and such incredible storytelling. *Sigh*

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Hamza has been paired up with Jowita Przystal – she joined the Strictly pro lineup last year but this is her first year with a celeb partner.

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She’s delighted that Hamza is fearless and strong and patient, which makes him sound like some kind of big game fisherman.

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I’ve never heard of Hamza before, but I’ve already decided he’s an angel who must be protected at all costs.

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Fleur confirms that she sets six alarms because she snoozes through all of them. This actually gave me an anxiety shiver.

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Fleur goes to Walthamstow to meet her partner, and we discover that she’s bagged Italian newbie pro Vito Coppola. I mean, E17 is no Naples, but Vito is styling it out. Fleurito is already making me a bit hot under the collar, despite the rapping.

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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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It is Molly and Carlos!

Molly may be very excitable and I’m discovering her pleasure somewhat infectious. She’s partnered with Carlos Gu, who’s some other of this 12 months’s freshmen. I do know actually not anything about both of those two, which is why they’re going to for sure be my favourites through Week 6. That’s simply how Strictly is going.

It is Ellie T and Johannes!

Ellie T had Johannes on the most sensible of her professional spouse want listing, and during the magic of Strictly her want has been granted and she or he’s paired up with Johannes Radebe. OK, I’m just a little fascinated by this one.

Johannes says that assembly Ellie has already been joyous, as a result of he’s the most adorable guy on earth. With the exception of Hamza.

It is Matt and Nadiya!

Matt has been partnered with Nadiya Bychkova, who used to be paired up with Dan Walker ultimate 12 months and made it to Week… *assessments notes*…actually? That some distance? Will have to be a typo.

Matt is able to put his center and soul into this, and I feel I’m going to have so as to add ‘Matt Goss speaking in metaphor’ to the bingo. He’s a captivating human being, but additionally (whispers it) the the only in all probability to have a colossal meltdown. There, I mentioned it.

Time to welcome Richie Anderson, who’s the man who does the go back and forth announcements on BBC Radio 2’s Breakfast Display with Zoe Ball. He used to be used to be additionally in Turin in Might to hide The Eurovision Tune Contest. I imply, so used to be I – if this can be a qualifier for Strictly, I’ve were given a CV sewn out of rainbow sequins.

I consider Richie will probably be partnered with a male professional dancer this 12 months – John and Johannes ultimate 12 months had been a difficult act to practice, so let’s see what Richie’s manufactured from.

Richie Anderson on Strictly {Photograph}: Ray Burmiston/BBC

Time to satisfy Molly Rainford, who’s is a singer and actress. In 2012 used to be the youngest ever finalist of Britain’s Were given Skill, and because graduating from Sylvia Younger, she’s performed Nova Jones at the hit CBBC display. That is actually the whole thing I find out about Molly Rainford, however we’ll replace as we cross alongside.

Molly Rainford on Strictly
Molly Rainford on Strictly {Photograph}: Ray Burmiston/BBC

Subsequent up it’s Ellie Taylor, who’s a comic, broadcaster, author and actor. She’s persistently very humorous on displays like Mock The Week and The Mash File, and not too long ago stood in for Siobhán McSweeney’s damaged leg on The Nice Pottery Throw Down. Within the pursuits of complete disclosure, I’ve somewhat a large woman weigh down on Ellie, however I’ll do my very best to stay it beneath regulate.

Ellie Taylor on Strictly
Ellie Taylor on Strictly {Photograph}: Ray Burmiston/PA

Extra celebs please!

Subsequent up it’s Matt Goss, who’s…smartly, he’s Matt Goss. 1980s pop legend and the frontman of Bros, nonetheless a singer-songwriter and all-round somewhat intense human being. I used to be fourteen when the primary Bros album got here out, so apologies prematurely if I every so often make an involuntary squealing noise and get just a little befuddled.

By the way, when you haven’t but watched the 2018 Matt Goss documentary After The Screaming Stops, you actually must. It’s INCREDIBLE.

Matt additionally loves a hat, which is excellent news for long run bingo fans.

Matt Goss on Strictly
Matt Goss on Strictly {Photograph}: Ray Burmiston/BBC

Rose and Giovanni are BACK!

Beautiful to look ultimate 12 months’s Glitterball winners Rose and Giovanni again on Strictly, and revisit their superb adventure ultimate 12 months. Rose used to be some of the celebs I’d by no means heard of initially of the collection, however she and Gio grew to become out to be probably the most particular partnerships Strictly has ever noticed.

They take some other spin across the Strictly dancefloor, gifting us some other take a look at their fabulous Viennese Waltz to Fallin’ through Alicia Keys. One of these beautiful dance, and such implausible storytelling. *Sigh*

It is Hamza and Jowita!

Hamza has been paired up with Jowita Przystal – she joined the Strictly professional lineup ultimate 12 months however that is her first 12 months with a star spouse.

She’s thrilled that Hamza is brave and powerful and affected person, which makes him sound like some roughly giant recreation fisherman.

I’ve by no means heard of Hamza sooner than, however I’ve already determined he’s an angel who should be safe in any respect prices.

It is Fleur and Vito!

Fleur confirms that she units six alarms as a result of she snoozes via they all. This in reality gave me an nervousness shiver.

Fleur is going to Walthamstow to satisfy her spouse, and we find that she’s bagged Italian amateur professional Vito Coppola. I imply, E17 is not any Naples, however Vito is styling it out. Fleurito is already making me just a little sizzling beneath the collar, regardless of the rapping.

It is James and Amy!

Can I simply say that it’s SO pretty to look a complete studio target audience once more. I hadn’t realised how a lot I’d ignored it till it got here again.

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

It is Helen and Gorka!

Helen informs us that she has 3 sons and daughters. DRINK.

She takes her black labrador (Spiderman, for some explanation why) to Roundhay Park to find she’s been partnered up with Gorka Marquez, who can no doubt perceive a northern accessory as a result of he’s engaged to Strictly alumni Gemma Atkinson. He used to be a marvel Film Week go out with Katie McGlynn ultimate 12 months, so confidently he’ll hang out a bit longer this time around.

Helen is really over the moon. I in reality consider her, as it’s GORKA.

Let’s meet Hamza Yassin, who is a flora and fauna 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 sooner than Hamza seems in a kilt, do we expect? Stay a dram of one thing on standby for Bonus Kilt Bingo.

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

Subsequent up is singer-songwriter, TV and radio presenter Fleur East, very best identified for being a runner-up on The X Issue after which liberating absolutely the banger ‘Sax’. She additionally did I’m a Superstar in 2018 and is historically rumoured to be the United Kingdom’s access for Eurovision annually with out fail. That hasn’t but come to go, however I’m satisfied to accept her being on Strictly as an alternative.

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

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

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