With Strictly Come Dancing 2015 just around the corner, we bring you the latest line-up of sequined celebs
We’re in the mood for dancing! And who could blame us now that the new series of Strictly Come Dancing 2015 is in full swing?!
The line-up announcements last month left us on the edge of our seats waiting for the next name – and what an ecelctic bunch we’ve got this year! From the 90s pop heartthrob to an olympic medal winner, could this be the most competitive series yet?
But before you sit down to watch the next round this weekend, brand new details have been released on who will be performing which dance – and the songs they’ll be jiving, waltzing and samba’ing to. Click through for a head’s up on what to expect this weekend, and place your bets. Who will your money be on?
Strictly Come Dancing will air on BBC One this Saturday at 6.20pm.
Iwan and Ola will dance the Cha Cha to ‘Sexy And I Know It’ by LMFAO Having been disappointed with the scores for his Tango last week, let’s hope the athlete can pull off the Cha Cha and avoid the first round of eliminations!
Jamelia and Tristan will dance the Cha Cha to ‘Don’t Cha’ by Pussycat Dolls.Jamelia made a solid start to week one with her Waltz, with a score of 21 from the judges. We hope she shows just as much promise with her latin dances.
Katie and Anton will be dancing the Tango to ‘Telephone’ by Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce.Katie and Anton’s Jive last week wowed the judges and showed the BBC Proms presenter to be a serious contender. If she keeps it up with her Tango this week, she will definitely be one to watch!
Ainsley and Natalie will be dancing the Salsa to ‘Don’t Touch My Tomatoes’ by Josephine Baker.Ainsley won over the audience with his Tango last week, so his Salsa is sure to be energetic and full of fun.
Jeremy and Karen will dance the American Smooth to ‘Happy Together’ by The Turtles.After a disappointing score and some negative comments from the judges for his Cha Cha, we hope Jeremy can surprise us with an elegant American Smooth.
Jay and Aliona will be performing the Waltz to ‘See The Day’ by Dee C Lee.Despite his obvious nerves, Jay’s Cha Cha earned him an impressive score from the judges. If he can find some confidence on the dancefloor, he will be a definite contender.
Peter and Janette will dance the Quickstep to ‘Valerie’ by The Zutons.
Tipped the favourite to win this year, Peter wowed the judges and shot to the top of the leaderboard with his Cha Cha. Can he keep up the pace for his Quickstep this week? We certainly hope so.
Anthony and Oti will be dancing the Waltz to ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’ by Simply Red.Anthony’s Jive last week was so energetic, his trousers split! It also earned him a very decent first score of 21. His Waltz this week will need to be something special for him to stand out amongst the competition.
Anita and Gleb will dance the Charleston to ‘Pencil Full Of Lead’ by Paolo Nutini.Another surprise contender this year, Anita proved herself with a Cha Cha that earned her joint third place on the leaderboard. Can she channel her inner twenties girl for the Charleston this week?
Kirsty and Brendan will be dancing the Salsa to ‘Can’t Touch It’ by Ricki Lee.Kirsty’s Waltz was met with some harsh comments from the judges. Let’s hope this week’s Salsa proves them wrong.
Kellie and Kevin will dance the Cha Cha to ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ by Elton John & Kiki Dee.Kellie’s Tango opened the show with a bang and scored them a very respectable 27 points. Can she maintain her high standards with a latin dance this week?
Helen and Aljaz will be perfoming the Cha Cha to ‘Uptown Girl’ by Billy Joel.Helen Waltzed her way to second place last week, winning over the audience and judges. We hope she can continue at the top with her Cha Cha!
Carol and Pasha will be dancing the American Smooth to ‘Isn’t This A Lovely Day’ by Irving Berlin.Carol’s Cha Cha left her lagging behind at the bottom of the leaderboard. Let’s hope she can bring it back with a ballroom number this week.
Daniel and Kristina will dance the Charleston to ‘Let’s Misbehave’ by Cole Porter.
Daniel’s Waltz earned him a strong score of 24 for the first week. Dancing the tricky Charleston this week may be a challenge but we’re sure he will face it head on.
Georgia and Giovanni will be performing the Waltz to ‘Georgia On My Mind’ by Ray Charles.Georgia’s Jive saw her taking joint third place on the leaderboard last week, with positive comments from the judges. We can’t wait to see her take on the Waltz.
Iwan and Ola will dance the Tango to Keep On Running by Spencer Davis Group
When announced as a contestant this year, the Welsh sportsman said: “I can’t believe I’m swapping my running spikes for dancing shoes. I used to be quick at running around the track and I’m just hoping my dance partner doesn’t leave me behind”.
With an athletic background, we’re sure dancing will be a piece of cake for this competitor! We are hoping for some fast, intricate dances and a lot of sparkle from Iwan!
Kirsty and Brendan will dance the Waltz to Vincent by Don McLean
Stunning sports commentator Kirsty Gallacher is hoping to bring the competition this year. The fashionable 39-year-old has presented Sky Sports News, Soccer AM and Gladiators, and is a fitness fanatic – but will dancing be her forte?
She said: “sport and fitness have always been a big part of my life but dancing is an entirely new challenge for me”.
“I’ve got some connections to Spain, so I have a secret wish to become a flamenco dancer. It’s my dream!”
We’d love to see Kirsty as a flamenco dancer – but will she shimmy to the top? Watch this space!
Helen and Aljaz will dance the Waltz to With You I’m Born Again by Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright
Actor Helen George is best known for her role as Nurse Trixie Franklin in the BBC One drama Call The Midwife, fans of the show will know that they can expect a glamorous performance from Helen!
Helen said: “I’m really excited to be joining Strictly. I know it’s going to be a challenge and if I’m honest I’m slightly terrified, but I can’t wait to get my tan and sequins on!”
Helen trained at The Birmingham School of Acting and went on to win The Ian Fleming Award to train in Musical Theatre at The Royal Academy of Music so we have high hopes for her success!
Jamelia and Tristian will dance the Waltz to Do Right Woman, Do Right Man by Aretha Franklin
The singer and Loose Woman panellist said: “My girls are huge fans of Strictly, but when I told them I was doing it they laughed as they know that dancing is not my forté! The girls are amazing dancers though so I definitely want to learn a new skill so that I’ll be able to give them a run for their money, and end them teasing me once and for all!”
Jamelia is no stranger to the stage, so we’re sure she’ll be amazing when she hits the Strictly dancefloor!
Anita and Gleb will dance the Cha Cha to Rather Be by Clean Bandit
The One Show host and news reporter said: “So many elements of Strictly terrify me but I shall try and think #BeyonceAlwaysOnBeat as I hit the dancefloor. I’m so excited to indulge that fantasy and hopefully learn some mean moves in the process. Let’s get our groove on!”
Will Anita be able to channel Beyonce and “groove” her way to the Strictly final? We hope so!
Jay and Aliona will dance the Cha Cha to Reach Out, I’ll Be There by Human Nature
‘The Wanted’ boyband singer Jay said: “My family are such huge strictly fans, I know I’ve made them very happy by taking part – I can’t wait to get started! I love to dance but this is going to be so different from anything I have done before, I’m up for it!”
He’s sung number one hits like ‘All Time Low’ and ‘Glad You Came’, but will he be a hit on the dancefloor? We’re excited to find out!
Anthony and Oti will dance the Jive to Wake Me Up Before You Go Go by Wham!
Professional Boxer Anthony said: “I’ve faced a lot of opposition in the past, but I’ve never faced anyone as tough as the Strictly judges before!”
He added: “My mum is a massive fan of the show so I will be trying my best to make her proud”.
He’s already popped a few Champagne corks after winning a Bronze medal for Team GB in 2012 but will he be drinking any more under the glitter ball? We can’t wait to see him fight his way to the top and knock out the competition!
Daniel and Kristina will dance the Waltz to When Irish Eyes Are Smiling by Ruby Murray
He said: “earlier this year, I decided to take a short break from touring and told myself that I would only consider doing something if it was both different and exciting – well what could be more exciting than ‘Strictly Come Dancing’?”
He added: “I love to dance and boy am I looking forward to getting started and being the best that I can be!”
We’re looking forward to watching his rambunctious rumbas, tantilising tangos and sexy sambas ? watch this space!
Peter and Janette will dance the Cha Cha to Ain’t No Other Man by Christina Aguilera
Nineties heart-throb, singer and reality television star – we can’t wait to see Peter’s moves on the dancefloor!
In a recent interview he said, “Strictly come dancing is an amazing show. I’ve always loved watching it on TV and to be honest I’m flattered to have been asked to take part before, but due to work commitments was unable to. I now feel the time is right to give it a go – everything has just clicked into place to do it this year”.
He added, “Wish me luck – argh!” Good luck Peter, we have a feeling you’re going to be amazing!
Carol and Pasha will dance the Cha Cha to Thunder In My Heart by Leo Sayer
The sixth confirmed contestant on this year’s show was BBC weather presenter, Carol Kirkwood! She said: “I can’t wait to learn to dance and hope my experience on Strictly will be a breeze, whether it will be or not is one forecast I cannot predict”.
We interviewed Carol for our August issue, and she told us, “I used to be desperately shy and scared of taking risks. Then as I got older, I got braver and thought you only live once so why not give things a go?” We’re so glad she decided to give Strictly a go, and we can’t wait for her to add some sunshine to our Saturday nights!
Katie and Anton will dance the Jive to Roll Over Beethoven by Chuck Berry
BBC Proms presenter and Radio 3 Host, Katie Derham, is hoping to dance her way to the top in this year’s show! She said: “Strictly Come Dancing is a national treasure, and I’m extremely excited to be part of such a wonderful show”.
She described herself as a typical wedding dancer, saying “two glasses of prosecco and I’m truly fabulous! Or so I think”. We suspect she is being modest, and we can’t wait to see her strut her stuff on the Strictly dancefloor!
Georgia and Giovanni will dance the Jive to Dear Future Husband by Meghan Trainor
Former Coronation Street actress Georgia May Foote said: ‘I am so excited to be a part of Strictly 2015! I love dancing and I love a challenge so this is the perfect experience for me.’
Since the announcement, she’s been busy on Twitter talking about this year’s show. We’re hoping for some backstage gossip!
Kellie and Kevin will dance the Tango to You Really Got Me by The Kinks
‘There are two main reasons I want to take part in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. The first is that as I will be turning 40 next year, I think it’s the perfect time for a new, exciting challenge. The second is because if I said ‘no’ Linda Carter would never forgive me!’ revealed Eastenders star Kellie Bright, the third contestant to be announced for this year’s series.
She admitted that she’s looking forward to getting fitter. Could she be a potential finalist? Queen Vic Landlady Linda would certainly be proud!
Ainsley and Natalie will dance the Tango to Voulez Vous by Abba
TV chef Ainsley Harriott was the second contestant to be announced for this year’s line-up. The former Ready steady Cook presenter, and current frontman of Ainsley Harriott’s Street Food made the announcement live on The One Show, saying: ‘I must admit that I do love to dance, but doing it in front of the nation is a whole different matter!
‘In my day job the only type of Salsa I know about is the one in my recipes so I am looking forward to rising to the challenge. Bring it on!’
We think Ainsley will get into the ‘character’ of the dances perfectly – expect lots of laughs from him this year!
Jeremy and Karen will dance the Cha Cha to September by Earth, Wind and Fire
‘How could I say no to the biggest show in TV? Yes, yes, yes and yes again to the sequins and the Samba!’ – that was BBC Radio 2 and Eggheads presenter, journalist and now Strictly 2015 contestant, Jeremy Vine’s reaction when he revealed he would be showing off his moves on Chris Evans’ radio show.
Will he prove to be a dark horse on the dancefloor? ‘I just need to find some dancing shoes and identify my left foot. I am doing it for my two young daughters who jumped behind the sofa when I told them!’ We’re not sure if that’s a good thing…!