It’s that time of year again.
Celebrities are digging out their sequins, dousing
themselves in fake tan and the glittery costumes are being dusted off for
The new series of Strictly Come Dancing starts on Sunday and pictures of the 15-strong cast of glitterball hopefuls glammed up and ready to go have now been released by BBC publicity chiefs.
Among those limbering up to take part on one of the nation’s favourite television shows is Andy Murray’s mother Judy.
The famous tennis mum will be switching her tracksuit and trainers for something more decidedly swish as she takes to the famous dancefloor.
Her fellow contestants include Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills,
EastEnders star Jake Wood, reality TV man turned presenter Mark Wright, Blue
singer Simon Webbe, the Saturday’s star Frankie Bridge, former rugby player
Thom Evans, naturalist Steve Backshall, This Morning reporter and
Birmingham-born Alison Hammond, Mrs Brown’s Boys actress Jennifer Gibney,
Bargain Hunt broadcaster Tim Wonnacott, Casualty actress Sunetra Sarker,
Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace, Xtra Factor host Caroline Flack and
singer-songwriter Pixie Lott.
The pop-stars are the early favourites to win the show. Bookmaker William Hill has Pixie at 5-1 to win – as a teenager the now 23-year-old appeared in West End shows including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang .
She is closely followed by Frankie and former Blue singer Simon Webbe, who are both at 6-1.
Meanwhile, Bargain Hunter Wonnacott is the 33-1 outsider.
The new series will be the first without veteran host Sir Bruce Forsyth, with Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman sharing the presenting duties.
Daly has co-hosted the show with Sir Bruce, now aged 86, since it began in 2004 and was joined by Winkleman in 2011 to present the Sunday night results shows.
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC1 for its 12th series at 8pm on Sunday when it will be up against ITV’s X Factor in a ratings battle as both shows are on at the same.
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