Aston Merrygold looks embarrassed as Susan Calman and Debbie McGee get hands on with the JLS singer [Getty]
The new series of Strictly Come Dancing is officially underway after a glitzy launch show on September 9 paired up the 15 nervous celebrities with the professional teaching them to dance all the way to glory.
In a break with recent tradition, there will be no Friday night show to kick off a two-parter for week one.
Instead, the all 15 couples dancing duos will perform their debut routines on Saturday 23 September at 6.25pm on BBC One.
Stunning Gemma will be dancing with Aljaž in the upcoming series as she competes for glittery glory.
Aljaž has partnered Alison Hammond, Helen George and Daisy Lowe in his time on the show.
In his debut year back in 2013, Aljaž actually won the show with model Abbey Clancy.
The widow of the late Paul Daniels will be taking to the floor this year, confirmed months after denying a tribute appearance on the programme.
Debbie will be dancing with Giovanni Pernice, who joined the show two years ago.
Italian Giovanni has danced with Georgia May Foote and Laura Whitmore in previous years.
Former Holby City actress Chizzy has swapped the hospital for sequins as she prepares for her Strictly debut.
Chizzy will be dancing with Pasha Kovalev, who has become something of a fan favourite over the years.
Among his partners have been Rachel Riley, Chelsee Healey, Naga Munchetty and won the show with Caroline Flack.
This Morning presenter Ruth Langsford will be donning her dancing shoes with Anton Du Beke.
Much-loved Anton is a part of the Strictly furniture, having been on the show since the very beginning in 2004.
The Ballroom King has had an array of partners over the 15 series with Ann Widdecombe, Nancy Dell’Olio, Lesley Joseph and Judy Murray being among the most remembered.
Good Morning Britain babe Charlotte will be spinning around Elstree with Brendan.
Similar to Anton, Brendan has been on the show since May 2004 and was the first winner of the show when he lifted the trophy with Natasha Kaplinsky.
His previous partners include Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Victoria Pendleton, Lisa Snowdon and Anastacia.
The second Saturdays star to take to the dance floor, Mollie, was the first contestant to be announced for this year’s series.
Mollie will be dancing with the baby-faced AJ during the competition.
AJ joined the show last year with his professional partner Chloe Hewitt, who sits out the competition and forgoes having a celebrity partner but features in the professional dances and on It Takes Two.
Alexandra was one of the last famous faces to be added to this year’s line-up and has suffered a turbulent start to her Strictly experience after the devastating passing of her mum Melissa Bell.
Vowing to carry on with the show, the Broken Heels singer will be looking to Gorka Marquez to get her strutting her stuff all the way into the final.
Spanish hunk Gorka joined the show last year but suffered a very early exit with EastEnders star Tameka Empson.
Susan will be learning to dance in the capable hands of Kevin Clifton, who has been in the final in all four of his previous series.
The boy from Grimsby has had a wealth of Strictly success with partners Susanna Reid, Frankie Bridge, Kellie Bright and Louise Redknapp but has fallen short of the big prize.
JLS star Aston is the second success of The X Factor to be competing in this year’s competition – in fact, Aston and Alexandra were in the same year of the ITV talent show.
Aston will be dancing with Janette Manrara, who recently married fellow professional dance Aljaž in a stunning ceremony.
Janette’s previous partners during her time on the show include Peter Andre, Julien MacDonald and Jake Wood.
The first Man of the Cloth to take part in the show will be joined by another first as his professional has only just joined the show.
Australian dancer Dianne Buswell is one of three new faces in this year’s professional roster, arguably taking the place of fellow countrywoman Natalie Lowe who left after last series.
EastEnders hunk Davood will be turned up the heat in this year’s competition, which has handily coincided with character Kush falling ill in Walford.
He will be dancing with the second of the new professional dancers, Nadiya – a Ukrainian dance champion.
The comedian will partner the third of the newbies, Welsh star Amy Dowden, in this year’s series.
Brian will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Julian Clary and Pamela Stephenson in show success.
Sunday Brunch chef and co-host Simon was revealed as a contestant for this year’s competition during his own cookery programme.
Simon will be dancing with Karen Clifton, who had been on the show for several years and partnered stars including Mark Wright and Jeremy Vine.
The second of the Holby City actors to be swapping the stethoscope for the studio is Joseph McFadden.
Katya became a household name during her first series on the show last year when she danced with politician Ed Balls.
Jonnie was one of the last names to be announced for this year’s competition and became the first Paralympian to take part in the show.
The gold medal winner will be dancing with Oti Mabuse, hoping for glory to round off 2017.
Oti joined the show a couple of years ago and has danced with Anthony Ogogo and Danny Mac.
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