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Strictly Come Dancing returned on Saturday night, with 15 famous faces all making their debut on the dance floor. The professional lineup also returned to the BBC dance show, with a few new dancers added to the group. With the competition beginning in just a couple of weeks time, all the couples were put together before starting training. But who exactly was put with who?
Who are the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 couples?
Robert Webb and Dianne Buswell
Known for his comical ways, Robert Webb will have to take a different approach to being in the spotlight in his new role.
The comedian follows a whole host of stand-ups who have gone on to become fan favourites on the show and he will need some help.
Australian Dianne Buswell will be the one to do it as they were paired together in Saturday’s launch show.
She has managed to turn singers, Youtubers and many more into modern-day dancing heroes so she will be hoping to do the same with Robert.
On being partnered with the dancer, Robert said: “It’s going to be great to be [doing this] with a partner.”
Katie McGlynn and Gorka Marquez
Katie McGlynn has swapped the cobbles of Weatherfield for a new terrain on the dance floor and confessed she is “not really a dancer”.
The soap actress will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of some of her co-stars by showcasing her dancing skills.
To ensure she does this, the professional she has been coupled up with is Gorka Mazquez, who helped EastEnders star Maisie Smith get to the final last year.
Known for his determination, Gorka will be hoping to get the title after missing out on it twice before but will he do this with Katie?
Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu
Rhys Stephenson will be performing to a different crowd as the presenter is used to keeping children entertained on CBBC.
He will be following in the footsteps of Karim Zeroual, who took to the dance floor in 2019 and almost got his hands on the trophy.
Trying to help him beat his colleague will be Nancy Xu, who makes her debut in the main cast despite joining two years ago.
The talented dancer will be hoping to make the history books in her first season but can she trump her co-stars by being coupled with Rhys?
Sara Davies and Aljaz Skorjanec
Dragons’ Den star Sara Davies is not to be messed within the business world but with regards to dancing, she is having to hand control over to someone else.
The entrepreneur has a savvy head on her shoulders and will have to listen to her partner, Alijaz Skorjanec, in rehearsals.
This is the first time Aljaz won’t be competing against his wife, Janette Manrara, on the show as she has become the new host of It Takes Two.
It seems he and Sara will be helping each other throughout the process but can they make it a winning partnership?
Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova
BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of his co-stars as he makes his debut on the Strictly stage.
On joining the show, the newsreader said he was “worried” and most “terrified” about taking part in the show.
Hoping to calm his nerves and get him into shape will be Nadiya Bychkova, who has yet to secure a win on the show.
She joined the show in 2017 and has been partnered with soap stars, singers and sportsmen so can she take on journalists
Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice
Straight from the streets of Walford to the dance floors of Elstree, Rose Ayling-Ellis, is going to make history this year.
She is the first deaf person to ever take part in the programme and her partner will be helping her to reach new heights.
Having trained singers, reality television stars and journalists, Giovanni Pernice is going to be on hand to showcase Rose’s musical talents.
He has been close to taking the title of many occasions but has never managed to do it so could Rose be Giovanni’s lucky charm?
Adam Peaty and Katya Jones
Having just won gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this year, Adam Peaty MBE is taking on a new challenge with Strictly.
The father of one said he was “excited” to be taking on the challenge and added he hoped his “competitive nature” would “compensate” for “dancing abilities”.
To help him on his new venture will be professional dancer, Katya Jones, who was knocked out of the show early last year.
Despite being part of the first same-sex couple in the show’s history, the professional caught coronavirus and as members of the public had to isolate for 14 days last Autumn, her absence was too long for her to return.
She has only won the competition once in the past with Holby City actor Joe McFadden so will Katya be lucky with Adam?
AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington
Known for her stint on Celebrity SAS: Who Dare Wins and presenting shows such as Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and The Voice, AJ Odudu is taking on another reality competition television programme.
When the opportunity arose, the presenter said there was no questions asked as it was something she had “always” wanted to do.
To see if she can make it all the way to the final, she will be dancing with newcomer, Kai Widdrington, who is best known for appearing as a professional dancer on Dancing With The Stars Ireland.
He will be hoping he can bag the Glitterball Trophy on his debut season but can he go all the way with his celebrity partner?
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