And so it’s back, the hugely popular (but terribly titled) Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC1 for a new run this Saturday.
This year’s line up of hot-footing slebs is the usual mix of sports stars, soap stars and TV presenters and, as always, the judges include Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Len Goodman but this year ITV-defecting Alesha Dixon will be replaced by actual dancer, ballet star Darcey Bussell. Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly are back as hosts and Claudia Winkleman and Zoe Ball will be running the spin-off show.
Here are the runners and riders and their chances of winning:
Denise Van Outen
The former Big Breakfast weather girl has proven herself very adaptable so will no doubt make a decent fist of it. Her extended stint in the musical Chicago will also have honed her hoofing skills.
Ex-Eastender (or is he still in it? We can’t remember) Ricky, sorry, Sid will bring a fair dose of cheeky Cock-er-ney charm but will he be able to dance? We doubt it. He’ll likely prove to be the SCD equivalent of his ex cast mate Todd Carty on Dancing On Ice – i.e. rubbish
The Olympic cyclist is as fit as you can get so she’ll have no worries with her stamina. But can she do anything without her bike?
When she was in Girls Aloud she had to frug around in videos a bit but this is in a whole different league, we reckon Kimberley will struggle.
Who? She used to be Tracy Beaker. Oh. Who’s Tracy Beaker? Never mind, just leave it.
Ex ‘This Morning’ couch dweller, now disparately-employed, thinner TV presenter. She will try very hard, cry occasionally and be lovely. But she won’t win.
Another Olympic fitty, Louis’ gymnast training will stand him in great stead for all the twisty turny stuff. Should be amongst the winners.
Former squeeze of Mick Jagger and Bryan Ferry, Jerry is – ahem – an older lady but we think she’ll bring a touch of Texan class to proceedings.
Actor. Was in a Bond film. And some telly stuff. We haven’t a clue. Can you tell?
Legend. Say his name to anyone over 35 and they will go misty-eyed remembering the avuncular bloke who made maths fun on the telly. Should win simply because he has the bottle to do the show in the first place.
Ex Emmerdale, Ex You’ve Been Framed – expect lots of crying, tales of dancing causing weight loss, a twisted ankle and early retirement from the competition. You heard it here first.
You would expect the former England cricketer to do well as sportspeople normally do, but with 2 Olympians in the line-up he may well be demoted to second fiddle.
Was in Westlife, who’s entire dance routines consisted of them getting off a stool when the key change kicked in. Not a great grounding is it?
Think ‘skinny Russell Grant’.