Strictly Come Dancing class of 2021 unite for first official group snap
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The Strictly Come Dancing fever is building as fans eagerly await the season start on Saturday 18 September.
In the run-up to release, Strictly have released their first cast photo as the class of 2021 come together for a group snap ahead of the show’s start.
Up on the iconic stage in their best dress and ready to hit the dancefloor, the stars looked overjoyed to be there as they flashed their pearly whites at the camera.
Announcements and information, including which dancers will be partnered with celebrity contestants, will be announced in due course.
The professional dancers on stage this year will be Jowita Przytal, Kai Widdrington, Nikita Kuzmin, Cameron Lombard, Aljaz Skorjanec, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Graziano Di Prima, Johannes Radebe, Neil Jones, Amy Dowden, Dianne Buswell, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Luba Mushtuk, Nadiya Bychkova, Oti Mabuse and Nancy Xu.
Executive producer of the show Sarah James said: “We are so thrilled to be welcoming back our incredible line-up of professional dancers for 2021.
"Their passion and dedication for Strictly shone through more than ever last year as they all sacrificed so much to deliver an unforgettable series during unprecedented and challenging times.
"With so much talent returning to the ballroom, the 2021 series promises more show-stopping choreography, memorable performances and world-class dancing.”
Celebrity contestants this year includes McFly’s Tom Fletcher, 36, who was first to be revealed this season.
Tom’s bandmate Harry Judd previously won the 2011 season of the show and Tom has said he “can't shut Harry up about Strictly” since getting the spot on the show.
Peep Show star and comedian Robert Webb will also be up on stage following life-saving surgery in 2019, with Robert sharing: “These experiences don't come along every five minutes.
"I wouldn't say it's the obvious thing to do while recovering from heart surgery, don't put it on the website, you know!"
BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker had the accidental joy of revealing the start date for the show live on telly.
The 44 year old will be competing this year and when asked live on air when the show begins, he mistakenly revealed the date ahead of schedule.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medal winner Adam Peaty will be leaving the Olympic swimming pool for the dancefloor this season in a bid to take himself out of his comfort zone.
He said: “I've broken world records but I've never truly been uncomfortable, this will be very interesting, I'll be very uncomfortable.”
While Covid restrictions are beginning to lift, the cast for this season have been warned that they should “avoid partying” to limit the risk of contestants having to pull out of the show mid season.
Last year, longtime professional dancer Katya Jones and Nicola Adams were devastated when they had to withdraw from the competition after just a few dances.
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