Former boxing world champion Nicola Adams has made Strictly historical past as she grew to become the primary movie star to carry out on the programme as a part of a same-sex couple.
37-year-old Adams danced alongside her associate Katya Jones in the course of the launch of the BBC One programme’s new collection.
The pair took to the stage collectively for the primary time to carry out in a gaggle routine.
Throughout Saturday’s programme, Jones mentioned: “I feel the fantastic thing about this partnership is it is by no means been accomplished earlier than on Strictly so principally we’re free to do what we wish, there isn’t any actual guidelines.”
Adams tweeted to say she is “so excited” to have revealed Jones as her associate.
“I could not have been paired with a greater associate than a fellow champ in her personal proper and I am unable to wait to see what inventive dance routines Katya comes up with,” she mentioned.
Whereas Johannes Radebe and fellow skilled Graziano di Prima have beforehand carried out collectively on the present, that is the primary collection to see a same-sex couple enter the competitors.
Additionally amongst this 12 months’s contestants are EastEnders star Masie Smith, 19, who’s partnered with Gorka Marquez and The Needed’s Max George, 32, has been paired with Dianne Buswell.
BBC Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo, 36, is paired with Aljaz Skorjanec and YouTube star HRVY, actual title Harvey Leigh Cantwell, 21, is coupled with Janette Manrara.
HRVY mentioned his latest constructive take a look at for Covid-19 as he was launched to viewers.
“I did take a look at constructive for coronavirus however I remoted with my household and we adopted the Authorities pointers and I am right here,” he mentioned.
Discussing his partnership, he added that he thinks they are going to be a “fiery mess”.
Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing, 31, who was compelled to tug out of the final collection by means of harm, will carry out alongside Karen Hauer.
He mentioned he was happy to have been given a second probability to carry out on present.
Additionally amongst this 12 months’s contestants are former residence secretary Jacqui Smith, comic Invoice Bailey and actress Caroline Quentin.
Bailey, 55, groups up with Oti Mabuse, who final 12 months received the competitors alongside actor Kelvin Fletcher.
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Quentin, 60, mentioned she had hoped to grow to be a dancer when she was youthful because it was revealed that she is partnered with Johannes Radebe.
She mentioned: “I went to ballet faculty as a little bit lady, I liked it and my dream was to grow to be a ballerina.
“In fact I wasn’t fairly ok.
“I used to be a little bit bit quick and a little bit bit spherical and I’ve all the time had a form of longing to see if I may very well be higher at it.”
Former Labour Celebration politician Smith, 57, is with Anton Du Beke.
She mentioned is “fully out of my consolation zone however I’ll show that even if you end up in your late 50s you may study new issues and discover pleasure in a brand new journey.”
Former NFL star Jason Bell, 42, will dance with Luba Mushtuk whereas Scottish tv presenter JJ Chalmers, 33, will compete alongside Amy Dowden.
Tv presenter Ranvir Singh, 43, was paired with Giovanni Pernice.
Both the skilled dancer or the movie star may also be residing on their very own throughout the collection as they kind an unique assist bubble.
Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas returned to the panel nonetheless Bruno Tonioli was absent from the launch as he’s within the US engaged on Dancing With The Stars.
The BBC has beforehand mentioned he’ll be part of remotely for the Sunday evening outcomes present and is because of return full-time in the direction of the tip of the collection.
Strictly Come Dancing continues subsequent Saturday on BBC One at 7.25pm
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