Get your dancing shoes and glitterballs at the ready - Strictly Come Dancing returns
08:14 25 September 2015
With a global audience of millions and an East Anglian crown to retain, Strictly Come Dancing is back on the dance floor once again.
Peter Andre – 9/4
Helen George – 11/2
Kirsty Gallacher – 8/1
Jay McGuiness – 9/1
Georgia May Foote – 9/1
Katie Derham – 11/1
Jamelia – 14/1
Anthony Ogogo – 20/1
Anita Rani – 16/1
Kellie Bright – 21/1
Ainsley Harriott – 40/1
Iwan Thomas – 40/1
Daniel O’Donnell – 40/1
Jeremy Vine – 80/1
Carol Kirkwood – 80/1
A family favourite, the new series of the popular BBC show gets properly under way tonight.
And this year will see Lowestoft’s Olympic boxer Anthony Ogogo aiming to deliver a “knock-out performance” after taking to the Strictly stage for the first time.
Mr Ogogo hopes to follow in the footsteps of Norfolk’s dancing queen Caroline Flack, who was crowned the 2014 Strictly champion.
He will hot-foot it onto the dance floor with an eight-time South African Latin American Champion Oti Mabuse in his bid to win the Strictly Come Dancing glitterball.
In the build-up to being introduced to his new dance partner, Mr Ogogo said: “I am a sportsman, I am used to winning and I would love to give the people at home a knock-out performance.”
The duo have had three weeks to train since their pairing and will perform live every Saturday night.
Mr Ogogo added: “It is amazing.
“I am really out of my comfort zone, but what can you not enjoy? There’s hundreds of people here cheering you on. It is really nice, and really fun.”
What Strictly did for Caroline...
Since winning the 12th series of Strictly Come Dancing last year, Caroline Flack has bounced back from heartache, rising to TV fame.
Recently announced as the new face of the X Factor, replacing long-standing presenter, Dermot O’Leary, she is presenting this year’s show alongside Olly Murs.
The pair co-presented the eighth series of Xtra factor together in May 2011 but in June 2014, it was confirmed that miss Flack would not return for series 11 and was replaced by Sarah-Jane Crawford.
Last month she also announced on her Twitter account that she would be releasing an autobiography titled Storm In A C Cup on October 22.
Speaking to presenter Tess Daly, Mr Ogogo admitted to being “so, so nervous” as he waited to discover who he would be paired with. When Ms Daly announced Ms Mabuse as his dance partner, Mr Ogogo said: “I am very happy. I think we will have a lot of fun.”
Fellow presenter Claudia Winkleman then added that the boxer looked “over the moon” to have been paired with Ms Mabuse, to which Mr Ogogo replied: “There are not enough superlatives in the world to describe Oti.”
According to bookmakers, Ogogo is a 20-1 shot to win.
What they’re dancing – and what they’re dancing to...
-Anthony Ogogo and Oti Mabuse will dance the jive to Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go by Wham! The 26-year-old, who was born in Lowestoft, is best known for winning a bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics and the middleweight boxer remains undefeated in his professional career.
-Carol Kirkwood, a BBC weather presenter, and Pasha Kovalev will dance the cha cha to Thunder in My Heart by Leo Sayer.
-Daniel O’Donnell, an Irish folk and country singer, and Kristina Rihanoff will dance the waltz to When Irish
Eyes Are Smiling by Ruby Murray.
-Katie Derham, a BBC Proms presenter, and Anton Du Beke will dance the jive to Roll Over Beethoven by Chuck
-Jeremy Vine, a BBC radio and TV presenter, and Karen Clifton will dance the cha cha to September by Earth, Wind and Fire.
-Jamelia is best known as a singer but also appears as a Loose Women panellist. She is paired with Tristan MacManus and will dance the waltz to Do Right Woman, Do Right Man by Aretha Franklin.
-Iwan Thomas, a former Olympic athlete and TV presenter, and Ola Jordan will dance the tango to Keep on Running by Spencer Davis Group.
-Jay McGuiness, one-fifth of boyband The Wanted, and Aliona Vilani will dance the cha cha to Reach Out, I’ll Be There by Human Nature.
-Peter Andre, best known for his successful chart-topping single Mysterious Girl, and Janette Manrara will dance the cha cha to Ain’t No Other Man by Christina Aguilera.
-Eastenders actress Kellie Bright, and Kevin Clifton will dance the tango to You Really Got Me by The Kinks.
Kirsty Gallacher, a Sky Sports News anchor, and Brendan Cole will dance the waltz to Vincent by Don McLean.
-Celebrity chef, Ainsley Harriott, and Natalie Lowe will dance the tango to Voulez Vous by Abba.
-Coronation Street actress Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice will dance the jive to Dear Future Husband by Meghan Trainor.
-Countryfile presenter Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko will dance the cha cha to Rather Be by Clean Bandit.
-Call the Midwife actress, Helen George and Aljaz Skorjanec will dance the waltz to With You I’m Born Again by Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright
Have you been inspired by Strictly Come Dancing to put on your dancing shoes or maybe you have a special family tradition when you watch the show? Email reporter Donna-Louise Bishop or call 01603 772568 with your stories.