Strictly Come Dancing 2021 launches in style as Anton Du Beke takes his place on the jury and the pairings are revealed as the BBC show kicks off amid the Covid-19 crisis after two professional dancers refuse the vaccine
- Tess Daly, 52, and Claudia Winkleman, 49, returned to the ballroom for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2021 on Saturday night
- Dusting off their paddles, returning judges Shirley Ballas, 61, Craig Revel Horwood, 56, and Motsi Mabuse, 40, alongside the latest addition to the panel, Strictly’s longest-serving professional dancer Anton Du Beke, 55 years.
Strictly Come Dancing is back!
Tess Daly, 52, and Claudia Winkleman, 49, returned to the ballroom for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2021 on Saturday night, which opened with a sensational group performance from the professional dancers.
Dusting off their paddles, returning judges Shirley Ballas, 61, Craig Revel Horwood, 56, and Motsi Mabuse, 40, alongside the latest addition to the panel, Strictly’s longest-serving professional dancer Anton Du Beke, 55 years.
Drenched in glitter, the talented professional dancers sparkled around the ballroom before the show’s hosts and jury made a glamorous entrance.
Tess sat on a white plastic horse as she was dressed in a strapless white jumpsuit as her blonde tresses floated in the breeze.
Claudia hurled a sparkling confetti from a cannon as she was dressed in a jaw-dropping black sequin act.
The judges in turn were daring by posing for the camera before heading to the judges’ table.
Shirley opened by telling Tess and Claudia, “I’m so excited. It’s such an honor, such a privilege to be back here with everyone in this iconic ballroom.
“I can’t wait for everyone to see what we have in store! ”
When asked what it takes to win the Sparkling Balls trophy, Anton pulled it out on his side and joked, “I don’t really know. This is the closest I’ve ever come to. that.
“They tell me to work hard, listen to your partner and practice, practice, practice.”
Introducing himself, Roberts Webb was excited to be a part of Strictly: “It’s one of the first things I did that my kids can actually watch,” before admitting his oldest was. less impressed than his youngest daughter.
The comedian’s professional dance partner was revealed as Dianne Buswell. After meeting, the red-haired beauty taught her partner some basic skills in a parking lot.
Speaking to Claudia, Dianne revealed to Robert that their first dance would be Rasputin’s Cha Cha Cha.
Katie McGlynn admitted, “Being on Strictly means I have to be myself. It’s scary, I have to say, but I’m excited about it.
After showing off her mime pulling moves, the soap star joked, “Just give me the trophy!”
After a nerve-racking wait, Katie’s professional dance partner was unveiled as Gorka Marquez.
While chatting with Claudia, Katie again showed off her rope lassoing move, leaving Gorka to insist that he would put the signature move into their first dance.
Rhys Stephenson confessed that he’s willing to do whatever it takes to be Strictly successful, insisting, “I’m just a canvas, Strictly is the artist. Do what you want.’
Sara Davies spoke of her fame in Dragon’s Den telling viewers, “We’re dropping the on-board broom and heading to the ballroom instead!”
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Job: musician McFly
Tom says: “I’m so glad the news got out, it was so hard to keep it a secret. Equal parts excited and terrified.
Fun fact: Tom McFly’s bandmate Harry Judd won Strictly Come Dancing in 2011. Tom’s wife Giovanna Fletcher is the reigning champion of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!
Job: Actor and comedian
Robert says: “It’s very exciting but with a slight undertone of quivering terror.”
Fun fact: Robert tightened up in a shiny leotard to win the title of Let’s Dance For Comic Relief in 2009, performing What A Feeling from the ’80s Flashdance movie, beating Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness to the title.
Job: CBBC presenter
Rhys says: “I have dreamed of participating in this show and I know for a fact that it will exceed all expectations”
Fun fact: Rhys has been an actor since the age of ten, alongside Matt Smith and Hugh Bonneville.
Katie says: “I’m definitely not a dancer, but I’m so excited to learn a new skill on this crazy journey and can’t wait to slip into some glitter along the way.”
Fun fact: Katie, who played Sinead Tinker in Corrie, won an NTA for Best Serial Drama Performance in 2020.
Job: CBBC presenter
Tilly says: “I’m going to put my heart and soul into it and can’t wait to put on my dancing shoes!”
Fun fact: Tilly’s dad is celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and the couple often star in TikTok dance videos.
Nina says: “I think I should do this before I get too old and can’t walk anymore. I just wanna take life by the horns and enjoy it.
Fun fact: Nina is an Ambassador for JDRF and received an OBE on the 2021 New Years Honor List.
Adam says: “I can’t wait to do something totally different and challenge myself away from the pool.”
Fun fact: Adam becomes the first British swimmer to defend an Olympic title at Tokyo 2020.
Job: Rugby player and sports expert
Ugo says: ‘What a dream come true! Strictly is the greatest entertainment show on TV and I can’t wait to show everyone that I have more than daddy’s dance moves.
Fun fact: Starting his rugby career at the Harlequins in 2002, Ugo made 241 appearances for the club where he scored 89 tries, won a Premiership and made his England debut in 2008.
Job: television presenter
AJ says: “I think it’s going to be really tough. Can’t wait to see the sequins, the wigs, the sequins and the glamor. ‘
Fun fact: Apocalypse Wow hosts AJ have been on 14 TV shows this year, competing in Cooking With The Stars and Celebrity Karaoke Club. She has also appeared as a panelist on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two in the past.
Job: Great British winner of Bake Off and TV chief
John says: “I’m so grateful, excited and nervous to join the Strictly 2021 family… I’ve been wearing sequins and jazzy clothes since I was three and can’t wait to hit the ball rolling around the dance floor. the most glamorous in the world ‘
Fun fact: John is set to be a part of the first-ever all-male partnership – the first in the series’ 17 years.
Sara said: ‘I’m really nervous because until now the producers always ask me if I can dance … Actually, I have no idea! I haven’t danced since I took ballet lessons when I was a kid.
Fun fact: Sara was the youngest dragon on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den.
Dan says: “I enjoy the experience when she starts learning to dance. I’ll be honest, I don’t make room on any shelf in my house for the sparkle ball.
Fun fact: Dan recently left Football Focus after 12 years at the helm and covered the Tokyo Olympics.
Greg says: “It’s about being out there and exposing yourself as someone who can’t dance, and learning.”
Fun fact: Greg is married to actress Emma Thompson whom he met while filming Sense and Sensibility.
Rose says: “I hope that I will be the pride of the deaf community and that I will break down more barriers. I’m also very excited to learn an amazing new skill. ‘
Fun fact: Rose will go down in history as Strictly’s first deaf candidate.
Judi says: “I can’t wait to get started on something I could only have dreamed of doing and now it’s happening! “
Fun fact: Judi started acting when she performed a set in front of her class for a diploma module.