The X Factor star Alexandra Burke is the final contestant confirmed to be taking part in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing [Getty]
The ballroom competition is set to return to the channel for another star-studded series later this year.
And now hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman have posed for the first official shot to be released for the series.
The ladies can be seen smiling for the cameras they prepare to reprise their roles as hosts on the BBC One favourite.
Tess, 48, and Claudia, 45, look happy to be reunited as they cosy up for the sweet shot.
This series of Strictly will mark the first since former presenter Bruce Forsyth’s sad death earlier this month.
The 89 year old TV legend recently passed away after suffering a series of health problems.
The star, whose career has spanned more than 75 years, was taken to hospital with a severe chest infection earlier this year in February.
It later emerged that Bruce spent five days in hospital after falling ill with a severe chest infection.
Bruce co-hosted Strictly with Tess from its very first series in 2004 before taking a backseat in 2013 and ultimately stepping down in 2014.
Speaking about her former co-star after his passing, Tess said: “From the moment we met, Bruce and I did nothing but laugh our way through a decade of working together on Strictly Come Dancing and I will never forget his generosity, his brilliant sense of humour and his drive to entertain the audiences he so loved.
“He has been there for me as a co-host, a mentor but most importantly as a friend and I’m extremely fortunate to have worked alongside the man who defined Saturday Night Entertainment for so many decades.
“He was a gentleman and a true legend. I will miss him deeply. My heart goes out to Winnie his wife and his beautiful family at this sad time.”
Strictly Come Dancing returns for the launch show on Saturday 9th September on BBC One.
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