Strictly Come Dancing launched the 2021 series on BBC One today (September 18).
Presented by the returning Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, fans of the long-running reality TV competition caught their first glimpse of the professional dancer/celebrity pairings hoping to clinch that prestigious Glitterball trophy.Ray BurmistonBBC
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So without further ado, here's the official list of Strictly's Class of '21 dance partners:
Adam Peaty and
Katya JonesRay BurmistonBBC
AJ Odudu and
Kai WiddringtonRay BurmistonBBC
Dan Walker and
Nadiya BychkovaRay BurmistonBBC
Greg Wise and
Karen HauerRay BurmistonBBC
John Whaite and
Johannes Radebe (the show's first-ever male same-sex partnership)
Judi Love and
Graziano Di PrimaRay BurmistonBBC
Katie McGlynn and
Nina Wadia and
Neil JonesRay BurmistonBBC
Rhys Stephenson and
Nancy XuRay BurmistonBBC
Robert Webb and
Dianne BuswellRay BurmistonBBC
Giovanni PerniceRay BurmistonBBC
Sara Davies and
Aljaž ŠkorjanecRay BurmistonBBC
Tilly Ramsay and
Nikita KuzminRay BurmistonBBC
Tom Fletcher and
Amy DowdenRay BurmistonBBC
Ugo Monye and
Oti Mabuse.Ray BurmistonBBC
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Pleasingly, tonight's launch show also found time to include last year's champion Bill Bailey before pop phenomenon Anne-Marie took to the stage to perform some music.
It wouldn't be Strictly without its row of judges though, as Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and newbie Anton Du Beke made special appearances at the event.
Meanwhile, earlier this week, Craig admitted that former Football Focus man Dan could struggle with certain routines due to his 'long limbs'.
"[It's] really difficult to control those limbs in a Latin scenario," he explained. "I'm certainly nervous about the samba. But hopefully he'll work hard and... control the limbs."
Strictly Come Dancing's first live show airs next Saturday (September 25)
on BBC One.