Strictly Come Dancing has come a long way. Gone are the days where we scoffed at the ballroom show-down and deemed it ‘nanna telly.’ Year on year it’s had us gripped. Where else would you see respected war reporters strut the Cha Cha, or veteran sportsman dance the Tango?
And with the likes of Jerry Hall, Victoria Pendleton, Kimberley Walsh, Fern Britton and Denise van Outen making up this year’s line-up, we reckon it’s bigger and better than ever. Here, Grazia cast our expert eye over the waltzing hopefuls, and make our own predictions over who will walk away a loser or dance away a champion…
Our money is on Kimberley. The Girls Aloud alumni has spent the best part of ten years learning routines and performing for hours at a time. Plus, compared to those skimpy outfits the girls used to wear, she shouldn’t bat an eyelid at Strictly’s sparkle-induced costumes. Jerry Hall might give Kimberley a run for her money though, with her moves like Jagger…
The Unlikely Hit
Michael Vaughan, 37, is a retired cricketer and ex captain of the England team when they won the Ashes in 2005. Not an obvious choice you might think, but sportsmen do have a reputation of doing ever-so-well on this show. Just ask Mark Ramprakash.
The People Pleaser
With that Irish charm and cheeky smile, ex Westlife crooner Nicky Byrne is sure to be a hit with the entire female audience. We imagine Granny’s nodding in approval at ‘such a nice young man.’
The Comedy Value
We’re handing this one to Sid “Rickaaaaaay!” Owen. The ex-Eastender will no doubt last a few rounds, but we reckon his banter and personality will keep him in the game longer than his rhythmic flair.
The First Out
Johnny Ball – yep, Zoe’s Dad – is a mathematic whizz, who presented maths-based kid’s shows in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Genius and dancing champ? We don’t think so. Sorry Johnny.
Strictly Come Dancing starts on Saturday, 8pm on BBC1