Strictly’s Greg Wise paired with Karen Hauer as Katie McGlynn dances with Gorka


STRICTLY Come Dancing’s Greg Wise was paired with Karen Hauer as the new celebrity contestants and their professional partners were revealed during a glittering launch show.

The 15 celebrities, who include Olympian Adam Peaty, rugby star Ugo Monye and TV presenter Judi Love, made their debut on the dancefloor during a group number in tonight’s launch show.

Greg, who is married to screen legend Emma Thompson, had fans in hysterics with his Reggae-robot dance during the evening.

Also competing will be EastEnders actress Nina Wadia, TV presenter AJ Odudu, Dragons’ Den investor Sara Davies, McFly star Tom Fletcher, Coronation Street actress Katie McGlynn, TV presenter Tilly Ramsay, comedian Robert Webb, CBBC host Rhys Stephenson and actor Greg Wise.

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis is also be the first deaf contestant to appear in the series.

Follow our Strictly Come Dancing live blog for all the latest updates…

  • AMAZING AMY

    Tom Fletcher has revealed he got the partner he wanted most ahead of tonight’s launch show.

    The McFly rocker teamed up with Amy in a bid to secure the all glittering trophy.

  • STRICTLY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

    Strictly is back, and that means only one thing for fans.

    *sings* Jingle bells, jingle bells.

  • SHAKE YOUR MONEY-MAKER

    Sara Davies is known for her savvy business skills on BBC’s Dragons’ Den.

    But she’s now swapping the boardroom for the dancefloor on Strictly 2021.

    It’s fair to say Sara is worth a bob or two.

    The self-made businesswoman is worth a staggering £37million.

  • MR EMMA THOMPSON

    Good old Greg is already the nation’s fave.

     

  • STRICTLY FABULOUS

    All singing, all dancing.

    Fans think this glitzy Strictly 2021 line-up could be the best, and most diverse yet.

  • DREAM COME TRUE

    Presenter AJ Odudu says it’s a “dream come true” to be joining the family-favourite show after almost quitting TV for good.

    AJ said: “I am beyond chuffed that I am going to be on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing and I’m so glad I can finally tell my mum. Her face will be a picture, she’s going to be over the moon!

    “I absolutely love the show and am fully committed to making the most of every second of the Strictly experience. Bring it on!”

    AJ is partnered with English dancer and choreographer Kai Widdrington.

    In 2012, he reached the final of the sixth series of Britain’s Got Talent.

  • WISE CHOICE

    What’s not to love with Greg on Strictly.

  • GOOD VIBRATIONS

    Strictly’s first deaf contestant Rose herself has explained how she will be able to pick up the beat of the music, so that she can dance in time to the music on the show. 

    The actress told BBC News: “It is a common misconception that deaf people can’t enjoy music.

    “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.”

  • HERE’S TO THE FUN FACTOR

    Judi is best known for voicing her views on Loose Women, but now is going to let her feet do the talking.

    The daytime TV star and comedian has teamed up with Graziano Di Prima for the show.

    Judi said she was overwhelmed when Strictly bosses reached out to her and she snapped up the chance.

    She said: “I think I am still in shock that I will be part of this amazing show.”

  • WHO IS IN THE STRICTLY 2021 LINE UP?

    What a lively, sorry, lovely bunch.

    Ladies and gents – your Strictly 2021 line-up:

    • Robert Webb
    • AJ Odudu
    • Tom Fletcher
    • Nina Wadia
    • Greg Wise
    • Tilly Ramsay
    • Judi Love
    • Adam Peaty
    • Dan Walker
    • Katie McGlynn
    • John Whaite
    • Rose Ayling-Ellis
    • Rhys Stephenson
    • Sara Davies
    • Ugo Monye
  • EASTEND TWIRL

    Nina has surprised everyone with her inner Sasha Fierce.

    Can’t wait to see what she has in store for next week.

  • STRICTLY FANS ARE IN THEIR ELEMENT

  • BEST FACTOR

    No wonder Simon Cowell chose to cancel X Factor.

    How on earth was it going to compete with the genuis that is Strictly?

    The gift that keeps giving.

     

  • WINTER WONDERLAND

    Strictly is back, and that means only one thing for fans.

    *sings* Jingle bells, jingle bells.

  • BETS ARE ON

    Strictly’s Rose Ayling-Ellis, Tom Fletcher and Rhys Stephenson and have been predicted to be front runners for the competition.


    That’s according to Betvictor who have generated odds on which celebs are most likely to win before the celebs have even had a chance to break a sweat.

     

  • WINNING LINE UP

    Round of applause for the BEEB, then.

  • IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU

    McFly fans are going crazy for Tom on Twitter. Forget about ‘dad dancing’ he’s got some moves.

  • HERO MOVES

    Fans can’t get enough of Rose and Giovanni.

    The deaf EastEnders star showed off her cheeky style during the group dance. Star quality right there.

  • FUNNY MAN

    Fans are going to be tuning in for Greg to get another dose of his Reggae-robot dance like he did tonight.

    Priceless.

  • STRICTLY STUNNING

    These two are going to be a laugh a minute too.

  • FANS HAVE CALLED IT

  • CHEMISTRY

    Nikita is giving future son-in-law vibes. Did you see how close they were on screen?

    Gordon, watch out.

  • WINNERS

    Shall we just give the glitterball to Rhys and Nancy now?

    Game over. Surely

  • TOLD YOU TOM COULD MOVE

    Did you see his opening sequence, with all that air guitar?

    To be fair, Greg, gave it some too.

    *giggles*

  • UGO AND OTI

    Do you see the chemistry though?

    All that pushing and shoving on the sofa.

    Strictly professional though…





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