This year’s two same-sex couples will feature two same-sex couples, including defending champion Giovanni Pernice, who will compete for her title in partnership with BBC Radio’s Richie Anderson 2 in the new series.
the riday night premiere saw 15 celebrity contestants discover which professional partners they would train and perform with during their time on the BBC One programme.
Pernice and Anderson are one of two same-sex couples competing this year, with comedian and actress Jayde Adams and professional Karen Hauer also paired.
Anderson admits he has specific requirements for his partners because he wants them to be “big enough and strong enough to… spin me all over the dance floor!”
After Pernice was revealed to be his partner on the set of the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show, he said: “Can you find anyone better than Mr Giovanni? I feel like the envy of the British public right now.”
The dancer, who won last year alongside actress Rose Ayling-Ellis, also confirmed that he is happy with his pairing as he noted that the radio presenter has “a lot of energy”.
They follow in the footsteps of Bake Off stars John Whaite and professional Johannes Radebe, who became the first all-male couple on the show last year and finished as runner-up.
Adams admits that she’s a serious fan and that she’s happy to work with Hauer, saying, “Karen is very serious.”
The comedian and dancer are also the show’s second same-sex couple, as Katya Jones was paired with Olympic gold medalist Nicola Adams in 2020.
Paralympic swimming gold medalist Ellie Simmonds told presenter Tess Daly she is proud to represent people with disabilities, saying: “It means everything, not just representing dwarfism. but also a disability in general, for me to get out of my comfort zone and do something I’ve never done before.
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“Dancing is for everyone, yes, I’ll have to adapt, I’ll have to see what it’s like, but getting out dancing every Saturday night… I’m so proud.”
The five-time Paralympic champion and broadcaster will dance with Nikita Kuzmin, who said his goal this season is for “Ellie to have the best time of her life.”
Kiss FM DJ Tyler West has teamed up with Dianne Buswell and admits he thinks his mom is so pleased with his pairing that she’s actually more of a spectator to see her than he is. .
Coronation Street actress and presenter Kym Marsh was paired with Graziano Di Prima on the set of BBC’s Morning Live where she hosts.
She admitted that when she met him, “her stomach was rumbling” but that she was “so happy”.
Two Pints Of Lager and A Packet Of Crisps actor Will Mellor teamed up with Nancy Xu and told Claudia Winkleman he thinks they get along well, saying, “I’m like an excitable puppy move and so does she!”
TV presenter Helen Skelton warns she needs a partner who is “fun” and “patient” and can understand northern accents and so is happy to be paired with Gorka Marquez.
EastEnders actor James Bye was paired with Amy Dowden, who he said was “so relieved” that she made him feel at ease about the series ahead.
Singer and radio host Fleur East will be dancing with one of this year’s new professionals – Vito Coppola.
Coppola admitted: “Behind this smile, I’m tough but I’m sure she’ll be fine because she’s also a hard worker.”
After Wildlife cameraman and presenter Hamza Yassin was paired with Jowita Przystal, who expressed her excitement, saying, “He’s not scared at all, I can see it, that’s what that is very helpful for me. He’s strong and he’s also patient, which is really important.”
Bros singer Matt Goss said he was “ready to put my heart and soul into this” after being teamed up with pro Nadiya Bychkova at the O2.
Ted Lasso actress Ellie Taylor admits that her heart has faith in having Johannes Radebe as her dance partner and so she was delighted when it was confirmed that she would dance with him.
Radebe confirmed he’s also happy with his pairing, saying: “It’s been fun to meet her and to see her excited about the season ahead makes me so excited.”
Britain’s Got Talent finalist Molly Rainford also gets to team up with a new professional dancer, Carlos Gu, as she predicts their time together will be “electric”.
Former England footballer Tony Adams confessed he wanted his partner to be “talented” and “a winner” and he got what he was looking for when he paired up with Katya Jones , who won the show in 2017 with actor Joe McFadden.
Loose Women star Kaye Adams and dancer Kai Widdrington were the final couple to be revealed, with the TV presenter praising Mrs Widdrington for doing a “wonderful job” raising the dancer as she She feels he is “a lovely man”.
Chief judge Shirley Ballas imparted some advice to the new contestants, saying: “First of all, I want to say to each celebrity, this is a very interesting part. The hard work is about to begin. Work ethic is key, pay attention to your teachers, and when you’ve finished a long day, do some extra work and practice, the better you’ll get.
“And I really look forward to each and every one of you, you guys are amazing.”
The show opened with a dance performance by professional dancers and four new dancers – Lauren Oakley, Michelle Tsiakkas, Coppola and Gu – were introduced to several film groups.
EGOT winner John Legend also performed his new single All She Wanna Do during the premiere.
The first live show of the serious performance will be broadcast on 24 September on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
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