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Here's Your First Look At This Year's 'Strictly' Celebrities All Glitzed Up

Here's Your First Look At This Year's 'Strictly' Celebrities All Glitzed Up

It's mere days until Strictly Come Dancing hits our screens for the 2019 running and we've just got what we've all been waiting for - a first look at the celebrities in all their glitz and glam.

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Besides the dancing, one of the main reasons we love the BBC dancing competition is seeing the celebs don their sequin-adorned outfits all ready to cha cha, and now we have a sneak peak.

In newly-released photos, the show's 15 famous contestants strike a pose. Take a look at all them here...

Michelle Visage

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Credit: BBC

RuPaul's Drag Race star Michelle Visage is no stranger to the stage, so was naturally thrilled at the chance to do the show.

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"Getting to do Strictly in my favourite place on Earth is an actual DREAM! I'm so excited to show that being 50 doesn't mean life stops," she said.

"Things may not work like they did when I was 20, but 50 also means "FABULOUS!"'

Chris Ramsay

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Credit: PA

James Cracknell

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Credit: BBC

Professional rower James Cracknell said of the announcement: "Having spent so many years mucking around in a rowing boat with big men in tight lycra, it's time I learned a new skill.

"I need to apologise to my kids in advance for the embarrassment."

Catherine Tyldesley

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Credit: BBC

Emma Barton

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Credit: BBC

Emma Barton, who played Honey Mitchell, in EastEnders, said: "I'm very much a dance around your handbag kinda girl, but now I've been given this wonderful opportunity to learn all the different styles of dancing from the very best in the business."

Jamie Laing

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Credit: BBC

Will Bayley

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Credit: BBC

Another sportsman in the roster includes World Table Tennis Paraplegic Champion Will Bayley.

He said of his casting: "I have no dance experience at all, but I hope I can do well," adding: "I want to inspire people with a disability - that would mean a lot to me. I want to prove to people I can do this."

Karim Zeroual

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Credit: BBC

David James

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Credit: ITV

Footballer David James says it was pal Mark Foster, the British swimmer who took part in the 2008 series, that convinced him to take part in the show.

"He said it was so great and I had to do it. So here I am, with the glittery balls," he said on Instagram.

Alex Scott

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Credit: BBC

Dev Griffin

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Credit: BBC

DJ Dev Griffin, who is more used to making the music than dancing to it, said of his casting: "I just can't believe I'm doing Strictly, it just doesn't feel real yet!

"It's going to be so much fun, but just to be clear, I'm not doing this to take part, I'm totally in it to win it!

"I can't wait to meet my partner and start practising."

Anneka Rice

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Credit: BBC

Viscountess Emma Weymouth

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Credit: BBC

TV chef and model Viscountess Emma Weymouth seemed overjoyed to be asked to participate in the show.

She said on Instagram: "I'm really, really, really looking forward to the onslaught of glitter.

"Rhinestones and feathers and dresses...it's so exciting!"

Saffron Barker

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Credit: BBC

Mike Bushell

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Credit: BBC

Last week BBC teased the trailer for the new series, which showed the 2019 cohort of professional dancers in their extravagant glad rags, including Oti Mabuse, Janette Manrara, Dianne Buswell and Katya Jones donning feathers absolutely everywhere - from their gowns to their eyelashes.

Popular male dancers including Gorka Marquez, Aljaž Škorjanec and AJ Pritchard can also be seen covered from head-to-toe in glitter as they strut about for the clip.

Meanwhile, Kevin Clifton, his ex wife Karen, Graziano Di Prima, Gorka Marquez, Giovanni Pernice, Nadia Bychkova and Amy Dowden also feature, alongside newly promoted Neil Jones, who will be working with a celeb this year after being a back-up dancer since 2016.

Of course, show veteran Anton Du Beke gets his own entrance in the clip, wearing a huge gold skirt (because what else?!). Plus, ensemble dancers Johannes Radebe and Luba Mushtuk also join the stars for their sparkly party.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on September 7th. We can't wait for this.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: Entertainment News, TV and Film, Strictly Come Dancing

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance journalist working for Tyla. After graduating from the University of Sussex, Ciara worked as a writer at GLAMOUR Magazine and later as the Assistant Editor of Yahoo Style UK.

 

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