Strictly Come Dancing 2019 red carpet launch

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The celebrities for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing were introduced by co-hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman at a red carpet launch on Monday evening.

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This year’s 15 celebrity contestants offered a glimpse of their dance floor moves on the stage at BBC Television Centre in west London.

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Olympic rower James Cracknell has previously promised to bring some “dad dancing” to the show.

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It wasn’t long before he broke out those dad moves alongside broadcaster Anneka Rice, CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual and Emma Thynn, Viscountess Weymouth.

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EastEnders actress Emma Barton, who plays Honey Mitchell, was one of the first names to be announced for the 17th series of Strictly.

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Former England goalkeeper David James and Made In Chelsea’s Jamie Laing took to the stage hand in hand.

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Former Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley revealed: “I’m really excited but I’m petrified.”

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Table tennis paralympic champion Will Bayley shimmied for the crowd with former Arsenal and England footballer Alex Scott, who is the bookies’ favourite to win the show.

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Comedian Chris Ramsey was clearly delighted to be there, despite previously revealing he has never been a natural on the dance floor.

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Radio 1 DJ Dev Griffin kept his signature moves under wraps.

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Teenage YouTube star Saffron Barker and BBC sports news presenter Mike Bushell looked like a couple of naturals. Bushell is the favourite to go out first, but said: “That’s great because I can’t really go down, I can only go up.”

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The judges – Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli – were keen to show they’ve still got a few moves of their own. Roll on September!

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