Strictly Come Dancing is back and after a first show full of surprises, the bookies have revealed who they think is most likely to win the series in 2018.
Journalist and documentary maker Stacey Dooley, dancing with pro favourite Kevin Clifton, did a fantastic quick step and has been tipped to win the BBC show.
And American singer songwriter Ashley Roberts, dancing with Pasha Kovelev, showed off her dance prowess to top the leaderboard after week one, alongside Faye Tozer of Steps fame.
At the other end of the leaderboard, Susannah Constantine is bottom and favourite to be voted off first after partner Anton du Beke was slammed by fans for their 'pantomime' routine in week one.
Susannah took home the third lowest score ever to be scored on the show, when she got a score of 12 for her Samba in week one.
Comedian Seann Walsh is the second favourite to be voted off first after having failed to impress the judges with his debut dance.
Last year Holby City's Joe McFadden seized the Glitterball trophy, but now the 15 new amateurs are all competing to get their hands on it.
For the fifth consecutive year running Claudia Winkleman joins Tess Daly on presenting duties, while head judge Shirley Ballas leads a cast of judging favourites Bruno Tonioli , Darcey Bussell and the much-feared Craig Revel Horwood.
The Strictly odds
He had been at 16/1 before his first performance, yet his impressive performance on last weekend’s episode drastically improved his odds.
“Joe Sugg was a complete unknown quantity, but there is no doubt now that he is a contender,” William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams told the Express .
“We expect his many followers to vote hard and he could be very difficult to beat.”
In fourth place is TV and radio presenter Vick Hope, with partner Graziano Di Prima, who could get you highest odds of 8/1 from Ladbrokes .
Faye Tozer, dancing with Giovanni Pernice, and Paralympian Lauren Steadman, with A J Pritchard, both have best odds of 10/1.
Red Dwarf Star Danny John-Jules, and Eastenders actor Charles Venn, dancing with Karen Clifton, are on 12/1.
You can get odds of 20/1 on Dr Ranj Singh, who put in a surprise performance in week one, winning the show.
Former model Katie Piper, who was visibly nervous at the start, and partner Gorka Marquez, along with ex-cricketer Graeme Swann and boyband member Lee Ryan are all on 25/1.
Favourites to crash out early include journalist Kate Silverton, with odds of 80/1 to win, comedian Seann Walsh, whose best odds are 100/1 and Susannah Constantine, with the highest odds of 250/1 to win.
The full Strictly line-up
Mum of three Susannah was the final Strictly star confirmed.
The telly star said: “I hope to prove pigs can fly (dance). Sick with nerves and jangling with excitement.”
Susannah, 56, is a television presenter, fashion journalist, style advisor, author and designer.
Susannah began her career working in fashion for Giorgio Armani and John Galliano before she met Trinny Woodall in 1994, with whom she proceeded to write a weekly fashion column for the Daily Telegraph which ran for seven years.
The pair went on to co-host the hugely successful BBC One show ‘What Not to Wear’ from 2001 to 2005 and then moved to ITV to make Trinny & Susannah Undress, and Undress the Nation, they also frequently appeared as makeover stylists on The Oprah Winfrey show.
It is estimated that Trinny & Susannah’s various style advice books have sold in excess of 2.5 million copies in Britain and the United States.
Susannah's debut novel, After the Snow, was published to great acclaim last year and the paperback is out this autumn, she is currently writing the sequel which is due out in 2019.
Susannah has been paired with Anton du Beke.
Charles, who played Kim Fox' love interest Ray Dixon in EastEnders, said he was thrilled to don his dancing shoes.
The 45-year-old said: “It truly is a pleasure to be a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, to be associated with a show that has such a huge following excites and scares me in equal measure!
"Dancing on Strictly is going to be quite a challenge but life’s all about testing yourself so there’s lots to look forward to, let the games begin..!”
Dad of two Charles also played nurse Jacob Masters in Casualty and Tremaine Gidigbi in Footballers’ Wives. The news was revealed this morning on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
Paralympian Lauren Steadman has become the 13th celebrity to be announced.
Lauren is a double World Champian Paratriathlete, Paralympic Silver medallist and six times European Champion.
The Paralympian was born without her lower right arm, but she relishes in overcoming these barriers and started her sporting career in swimming at age 11.
She took part in her first international competition when she was 13 and at 14, she went to the Beijing Paralympic Games, switching from swimming to triathlon after London 2012.
Blue singer Lee Ryan was unveiled on Loose Women as one of the contestants for Strictly.
Panelists Jane Moore and Stacey Solomon helped him walk down the aisle in the studio while he wore a sparkling helmet to conceal his identity.
After much teasing of the secret, Lee removed his disguise. He confessed to the ladies that he used to run out of dance lessons at performing arts school, so he'll be facing his fears taking part in the show.
He's already had some training though from bandmate Simon Webbe, who took part in Strictly in 2014.
Comedian Sean, 32, is excited to be taking part - but is more than a bit scared.
He said: "Having seen videos of me dancing on friends’ phones from the night before, it’s safe to say I’m petrified but also so excited.
"I’m really looking forward to the lifts, the Lycra and the laughs, although as Craig would probably say 'dancing is no laughing matter dahhhhling…’”
News broadcaster Kate Silverton , a familiar face on BBC News, has signed up for the BBC dancing competition.
Bosses have been trying for years to recruit the mum-of-two, 48, who is big fan of the show.
An insider told The Sun: “Kate has been at the top of the producers' wish list for more than a decade.
“But she has always put her career and family above everything.
"Now she’s polishing off her dancing shoes and can’t wait to get started."
Kate has been paired with Aljaz Škorjanec.
Former Pussycat Doll Ashley was the ninth celeb confirmed for the show.
A source told the Mirror: “Ashley is already a hot favourite because of her dance experience with the Dolls as well as having trained as a dancer.
"Although she might not have done much ballroom or Latin, being able to pick up choreography quickly as well as her rhythm is sure to give her an edge.”
The eighth celebrity to be confirmed was Stacey Dooley.
The documentary presenter, 31, said she was delighted to take part and joked her mum was going to 'explode' in excitement.
Stacey is one of the most celebrated documentary presenters on the BBC.
She found fame in 2008 when she was flown to developing countries along with other young Brits to investigate working conditions in factories for Blood, Sweet And T-Shirts.
The then-21-year-old star impressed TV bosses so much she was offered her own BBC3 series Stacey Dooley Investigates in 2009.
For the series, Stacey has interviewed criminals, child soldiers, drug dealers and prostitutes in far-flung locations such as Kenya, Congo, Cambodia and Mexico.
Dr Ranj Singh
Famous for sharing his medical advice on the ITV sofa and singing to children about illness on CBeebies, the doctor will be swapping his stethoscope for the sequins.
He is hoping to get pulses racing as he follows in the footsteps of This Morning Ruth Langsford onto the Saturday night show.
An insider told the Mirror: “He’s a housewives’ favourite on ITV daytime so he’s sure to have big support when he takes to the dancefloor.”
Graeme Swann is the latest cricket star to don his dancing shoes in a bid to win the glitterball.
The England cricketer, 39, will follow in the footsteps of Mark Ramprakash, who won Strictly in 2006, and Darren Gough of the 2005 series.
Aside from his success on the pitch, Graeme is known for his antics off-field.
In 2011 he was cleared of drink-driving after getting stopped by police on his way to a supermarket the previous year.
He told them he was on his way to a 24-hour supermarket to buy screwdrivers - as his cat was stuck under his floorboards.
DJ Vick Hope announced her time on Strictly during her Capital radio show on August 15.
The glam DJ won't be hit by the Strictly curse as she dumped her long-term boyfriend just before signing up for the hit celebrity dance show.
The Sunday Mirror revealed Vick waltzed off from ex Tom Rosenthal, star of series Plebs, blaming a “quarter life crisis” for the change of heart.
She’s also admitted to being at a crossroads about her career, and yearned for a job where she could learn something new every day - with Strictly Come Dancing fitting the bill exactly.
Vick has been paired with new dancer Graziano Di Prima.
YouTube sensation Joe is the fourth star confirmed for the line-up.
The 26-year-old social media star goes by the name ThatcherJoe on his YouTube channels and is the younger brother of millionaire YouTuber Zoe Sugg - who goes by Zoella.
Zoella and her boyfriend, YouTube star Alfie Deyes, are also apparently set to attend the show "every week" to support her brother.
Joe has more than 25million subscribers across his channels - giving him plenty of welly when it comes to the Strictly voting process.
"My knowledge of dance isn't the best, so I'm just going to go into it completely open minded," he admitted ahead of the launch.
And as for his impending Strictly makeover? "I do feel pretty nervous about it. I just hope they have child sizes as I'm tiny!"
Red Dwarf star Danny will be donning his dancing shoes for the BBC competition this year.
Speaking ahead of his appearance on the show, Danny said: "Having spent the last few months on two wheels motorcycling around South America in pink leathers, I’m absolutely delighted to be getting back on two feet and into something more comfortable like glittery spandex."
Danny, 57, is best known for playing Cat in sci-fi comedy series Red Dwarf, however has starred in a number of other BBC series including Death In Paradise and CBBC's M.I. High.
He also has 25 years’ experience in dance and starred in Starlight Express.
Steps singer Faye has signed up this year , and sources say she'll be a real contender
Faye is no stranger to the West End having starred in many theatrical productions - including an Andrew Lloyd Webber produced one-woman musical.
Faye, 42, has been married to second husband Michael Smith for nine years.
Bandmate Claire Richards, 40, dismissed any chances of falling for the Strictly curse, telling the Sunday People: “Oh God, everybody talks about things like that all the time.
"I was at her wedding and she is very happily married. She will be amazing on it.”
Katie has been confirmed as the first contestant to feature in the 2018 series. Sharing the news on BBC Breakfast on August 13, she said, "Thank you so much, it's been so hard to keep it secret!"
"The only person I told is my husband through text message and he thought I was joking!" she revealed, admitting she's worried about her last of natural rhythm.
"I already know how much of an amazing experience it will be for me and I can't wait to show my girls some of my new dance moves," the mother-of-two said.
"I'm nervous to put on my dancing shoes but can't wait to learn a new skill and have the Strictly tan and makeover!"
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He turned to his professional dance partner and told her: "You are an angel disguised as a human being." The Strictly winner continued to say: "Thank you to everyone who voted for me. This is the best thing that has ever happened to me."Who was kicked out of Strictly Come Dancing? ›
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Danny Mac and his partner Oti Mabuse have taken the lead with over 6 million views! Their Samba to 'Magalenha' by Sergio Mendes made Strictly history as he became the first contestant to EVER score a perfect 40 for the dance!
Unlike other reality shows, including I'm a Celebrity, each star who signs up to Strictly is given the same flat fee to appear and is unable to negotiate with producers. According to a 2021 report in The Sun, every celebrity receives £25,000 just to appear.Who is the oldest celebrity to win Strictly Come Dancing? ›
Series 18 - Bill Bailey
Bill blew everyone's socks off and became the oldest contestant in Strictly history to take home the glitterball trophy. It was a big moment for his partner Oti Mabuse too, as their victory marked her second win.
Series 14 - Ore Oduba (2016)
In the final, he topped the leaderboard scoring a near perfect 39, 40 and 40 for his last three routines and the BBC Sports presenter took the Glitterball and the title of Strictly 2016 winner.
Claudia takes a tumble
Poor Claudia couldn't even get up from the mat afterwards, and the incident left her co-star in fits of laughter while trying to introduce the next pair. "Every time you go near a prop, you let it go and it's a disaster," giggled Tess as Claudia was dragged off screen.
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- Hamza Yassin - Wildlife cameraman.
- Fleur East - Singer.
- Molly Rainford - TV and radio presenter.
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Loose Women star Kaye Adams has become the first celebrity to depart the Strictly dancefloor. The first public vote of the 20th series saw the 59-year-old up against singer Matt Goss in the bottom two before the judges chose to send her home.Is Hamza in a relationship with his Strictly partner? ›
Hamza, 32, was described as being "besotted" with his 28-year-old dancing partner as they competed on the BBC show. However, Jowita has been secretly dating professional dancer and 2021 winner Giovanni Pernice as the loved-up couple were pictured kissing backstage.
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"I have a hearing aid, so I pick up some of the music and I can hear the beat. I can hear someone singing, but I can't identify exact words. I also feel the vibrations." Strictly is performed in front of a live band, conducted by the brilliant Dave Arch and the music can be felt through the dance floor in the studio.Who is most popular celebrity on Strictly? ›
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However, each dancer gets several opportunities to top this up, on the Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals tour as well as in stage shows, musicals and theatre productions. Many of the professionals take part in P&O cruise tours, which can reportedly earn as much as £90,000 in just 12 weeks.Do Strictly dancers get paid more the longer they stay in? ›
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Celebrities can reportedly earn upwards of £25,000
Following this, a celebrity can reportedly earn £60,000 for getting to the quarter-finals, £75,000 for the semi-finals, and a whopping £100,000 if they take home the iconic Strictly glitterball.
- FOXTROT - 21.7% land in the bottom two.
- TANGO - 21.5% land in the bottom two. ...
- VIENNESE WALTZ - 21.5% land in the bottom two. ...
- QUICKSTEP - 17.2% land in the bottom two. ...
- CHARLESTON - 16.17% land in the bottom two. ...
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"An assisted lift is where you help someone down, say on a platform like that, or as part of a routine their foot can come off for a couple of seconds, to be assisted in that way. If you're going to show off and pose like they did and spend half an hour twirling in a beautiful position, I call that an illegal lift!What disabled people have been on Strictly Come Dancing? ›
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- Roberto Bolle. ...
- Savion Glover. ...
- Vaslav Nijinsky. ...
- Carlos Acosta. ...
- Iwan Wladimirowitsch Wassiljew. ...
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- You? These male dancers are among some of the greatest that the world has seen.
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Helen Skelton - 7/4.Who are the so called celebrities on Strictly Come Dancing? ›
- Molly Rainford.
- Fleur East.
- Hamza Yassin.
- Helen Skelton.
- Will Mellor - Eliminated in Week 12.
- Kym Marsh - Eliminated in Week 11.
- Ellie Taylor - Eliminated in Week 10.
- Tyler West - Eliminated in Week 9.
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In 2021, Ayling-Ellis became the first deaf contestant on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. She participated in and won the show's nineteenth series, with professional Giovanni Pernice. In an interview before the start of the series, she said: I have a hearing aid, so I pick up some of the music and I can hear the beat.
- Lynda Bellingham & Darren Bennett (series seven, 2009) ...
- Fern Britton & Artem Chigvintsev (series ten, 2012) ...
- Judy Murray & Anton Du Beke (series twelve, 2014) ...
- Laila Rouass & Anton Du Beke (series seven, 2009)
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Series 1 (2002) – Tony Blackburn
I'm a Celeb's first-ever winner has had a chequered career since being crowned King of the Jungle.
Kerry Katona was the first woman to win the show in 2004.
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Reigning Strictly Come Dancing champion Kevin Clifton has revealed why some pro dancers choose not to seek extra help from a world class choreographer. Jason Gilkison serves as Strictly's creative director, and is on hand with his team to help with the routines in the run-up to Saturday night.Do Strictly pros do their own choreography? ›
The BBC has never officially revealed what the dancers are paid, but it has been reported that each receives a flat fee of between £35,000 to £50,000 - and that comes with a lot of hard work because professionals rehearse for up to 14 hours per day and have to choreograph the routines for their celebrity partners.