Naga Munchetty looks wildly different with long hair transformation – see photo
BBC Breakfast star Naga Munchetty looked worlds apart from her usual self in one Instagram photo she posted from her Strictly Come Dancing days
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The race for the glitterball is officially on!
Strictly Come Dancing has announced what this year's celebrity couples will be strutting their stuff to on Saturday, and this might be the most exciting roundup of first dances we've ever seen!
Find out which pair will dance to what below…
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Caroline Quentin and Johannes Radebe
The 60-year-old actress is under the show-stopping teachings of Johannes this season, and their first dance will be an American Smooth to Sheena Easton's 9 to 5.
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Clara Amfo and Aljaž Škorjanec
The BBC Radio 1 DJ looked thrilled as her partner was announced and it's clear why – no one moves quite like Aljaž!
We can't wait to see them take to the dancefloor to perform the Cha Cha on Saturday, set to none other than Dua Lipa's Don't Start Now. © Provided by Hello! aljaz---2020
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Jacqui Smith and Anton Du Beke
Former Labour MP and Home Secretary Jacqui and Anton will be tackling the Foxtrot with a little help from Monty Python's Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life. The anticipation is killing us!
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Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez
Gallery: Strictly Come Dancing 2020 celebrity partners announced in fabulous launch episode (Hello!)
Strictly Come Dancing is officially back for 2020, and this year is already shaping up to be one of the best yet! With the very first episode airing on Saturday, the cast of the beloved BBC show are back in force, and the celebrity pairings are being revealed one by one. Follow us live as we announce which professional dancers have been paired with this year's stellar line-up of celebs…
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Clara Amfo and Aljaž Škorjanec It's official: Clara and Aljaž are going to be dancing side-by-side this year! The BBC Radio 1 DJ looked thrilled as her partner was read out, and it's clear why – no one moves quite like Aljaž! Speaking on Greg James' Breakfast Show last month, Clara revealed that she's hoping her time on the show will be a bit of "escapism" for her. "As we know this year has been a real challenge and escapism through dancing is something I know we all enjoy, so to be taught by a pro and live a fantasy is something that I can’t wait to fully embrace, see you on the dancefloor!" she said.
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Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice You heard right, Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice have been paired up for Strictly 2020! It's a match made in heaven if you ask us. Ranvir made a hilarious comment on Good Morning Britain about her dancing skills last month after Piers Morgan asked her: "Can you dance?" Ranvir responded: "I don't know, we'll find out. I've danced at weddings. I am very thrilled to be on it, I'm worried about the sleep deprivation." Don't worry, Ranvir, Giovanni will have you in tip-top shape in no time!
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HRVY and Janette Manrara HRVY and Janette! We can't think of a better combo. We imagine the popstar is over the moon to be paired with the Strictly favourite, especially since his time on the BBC show was almost cut short after he tested positive for coronavirus last month. Thankfully, he later tested negative in October, writing on Instagram: "He's free from Covid, he's a free elf now, tested negative. Thank you for all the kind messages, love you guys so much, stay safe and see you soon."
Jacqui Smith and Anton Du Beke Former Labour MP and Home Secretary Jacqui Smith will be taking to the ballroom floor with Anton! When it was announced the politician would be joining the BBC show, Jacqui, who served as Home Secretary under Gordon Brown from 2007 to 2009, said: "I was speechless with excitement at being asked to join Strictly – and that’s very rare for me. Fifty years ago, I got a bronze medal for Scottish Highland Dancing and it feels about time to return to dancing."
Nicola Adams and Katya Jones Olympic boxer Nicola Adams will be dancing with Katya Jones this year! It was announced earlier this month that the athlete would make history by being one half of Strictly's first ever same-sex pairing, and the gold-medallist opened up to HELLO! and other press about the real reasons she wanted to be part of the first all-female partnership in October. She said: "I didn't see what the big deal would be pairing with another female. I mean, we go to nightclubs. That's where girls dance with girls all the time, like professional dancers dance with girls all the time. So I don't think it's a big deal."
Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez We are so excited to hear that Maisie will be working with Gorka on this year's Strictly! The actress, who plays Tiffany Butcher-Baker in EastEnders, is clearly thrilled to be joining the team, previously saying: "Get me in those sequins, I can't wait to dive into the Strictly fancy dress box this winter! This is a dream come true."
JJ Chalmers and Amy Dowden We were over the moon when we heard that TV presenter JJ Chalmers was taking part in this year's Strictly, and we're even happier now that we know he'll be Cha-Cha-Cha-ing with none other than Amy Dowden! We wonder what JJ's good friend Prince Harry thinks of the pairing!
Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse Comedian and actor Bill Bailey has been partnered with Oti Mabuse, and both looked delighted as the news was announced. Speaking about taking part in the iconic show in September, Bill said: "These are strange times we're living through, it feels right to do something different and take on a new challenge. "So I am delighted to be a part of this year's unique Strictly Come Dancing. My late mum Madrin would have loved it - I hope she'll be watching."
Caroline Quentin and Johannes Radebe Did someone say Caroline Quentin and Johannes Radebe? That's right! The 60-year-old actress will be under the show-stopping teachings of Johannes this season, and we're sure the pair are going to rustle up some serious magic in the weeks to come. Watch this space!
Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer MIC's Jamie was paired with Oti Mabuse on last year's Strictly, before dropping out due to injury. But this year, he'll be strutting his stuff alongside none other than Karen Hauer – how exciting!
It's a Samba for Maisie and Gorka, and we can't wait to watch them impress the judges as they take the Strictly stage by storm to Gloria Estefan's Samba!
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Nicola Adams and Katya Jones
Olympic boxer Nicola and her partner Katya will no doubt nail their Quickstep at the weekend, and best of all they'll be shimmying away to Get Happy by Ella Fitzgerald! © Provided by Hello! katya-2020-
Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice
It's a Paso Doble soundtracked by Beyonce's End Of Time for these two – we hope this one's as iconic as it sounds! © Provided by Hello! giovanni-2020-
Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse
Did someone say a Cha Cha to Pata Pata? That's right, Bill and Oti have bagged themselves the Miriam Makeba hit. © Provided by Hello! oti---2020
HRVY and Janette Manrara
Just when you thought Faith by Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande couldn't get any better, we're sure HRVY and Janette will manage to take things up a notch when they perform a Jive to the hit. © Provided by Hello! janette-2020-
Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer
Another Cha Cha, but Jamie and Karen will be performing it with a little help from Daði Freyr's song Think About Things. © Provided by Hello! karen-2020-
Jason Bell and Luba Mushtuk
These two will be tackling the American Smooth, and their song is My Girl by The Temptations – we're sure it's going to look as awesome as it sounds!
Jamie Laing admits he and girlfriend Sophie Habboo almost broke up '400 times'
Strictly Come Dancing's Jamie Laing is dating Made in Chelsea co-star Sophie Habboo , had a few heated moments during lockdown earlier this year. Speaking on FUBAR Radio show Access All Areas, the Strictly contestant revealed that spending so much time together meant that the couple argued more than usual, saying that they "nearly broke up about 400 times." LOOK: Jamie Laing suffers another Strictly injury – and it looks sore! On one occasion, they even had a row about Tupperware! The star, who joined the cast of the reality show back in 2011, went on to explain: "We nearly broke up over Tupperware.
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JJ Chalmers and Amy Dowden
We hope JJ is partial to a little Louis Armstrong, because he's about to Waltz to the musician's What A Wonderful World! © Provided by Hello! amy-2020-
Max George and Dianne Buswell
We bet Max and Dianne are looking forward to performing the Tango to James Bay's Best Fake Smile, because we certainly are! © Provided by Hello! dianne-2020-
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