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Friday, 4 September 2015

All aboard the Strictly Express...

Strictly's launch show kicks off in some style this Saturday with a brand new and super excited cast arriving onto the red carpet courtesy of 'The Strictly Express' - all aboard the steam train for some seriously sparkly glamour in the ballroom!

It was brilliant fun being reunited with my mate (and quite possibly the funniest girl on telly) Claudia Winkleman as we joined the new cast of 2015, first at rehearsals for the opening group dance number (lots of first-dance nerves there!) then later in the studio ahead of filming tomorrow night's Launch Show.

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Now, I don't want to give the game away until you've had chance to judge for yourselves - BUT, and this has never happened before in 11 years of doing the show - I actually mistook a couple of the celebs for professional dancers whilst watching them rehearse. They were THAT good!

They're a great mixture of personalities; the bold, the bling and the beautiful! All are practically giddy at the prospect of dancing live in front of the nation and unusually the men seem a LOT more nervous than the ladies this time around...

Any other gossip ahead of tomorrow's show you ask?

Well, Iwan Thomas told me that he was absolutely loving his Lycra and crystal embellished top; but that he couldn't wait to take it OFF in future shows... and Peter Andre teased us with whether or not his own infamous six-pack would be making an appearance!

Meanwhile, during the opening number I enjoyed a bit of a treat; being lifted aloft by our very lovely professional boys...  hoisted up in the air like some sort of sacrificial offering! I'm sure their knees must've buckled, what with me being approximately twice the weight of your average dancer that they're used to lifting... especially after sharing a drive-through McDonalds with Claudia the night before!

All the same, they managed like the heroically true Pros that they are, as I tried to swallow a fit of the giggles...

Oh, and not forgetting of course our Fabulous Four Judges (love them all!) and our brilliant band and live singers; it all adds up to a feast for the senses.

Claudia and I will be welcoming the sparkling celebs for the very first time (eeek!) this Saturday 5th September at 7.15pm on BBC One, so tune in for all the Strictly exclusives! I really hope you enjoy it, and see you on the dance floor!

Keeeeep dancing!

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