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Strictly Come Dancing's 2022 couples are REVEALED!


The Strictly Come Dancing 2022 pairings have been revealed.

Main the pack is reigning champion Giovanni Pernice, who will kind one in every of two same-sex pairings this sequence, as he takes to the ground with Richie Anderson, whereas comic Jayde Adams will carry out with Karen Hauer.

Elsewhere, Helen Skelton will take to the ground with Gorka Marquez after turning into a last-minute addition to the present, whereas Katya Jones has been partnered with footballer Tony Adams.

The high-anticipated launch present had initially been as a result of air on September 17, however had been postponed as a result of it being simply two days earlier than the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, which occurred on September 19.

Just the two of us: Helen Skelton will take to the floor with Gorka Marquez after becoming a last-minute addition to the show

Revealed! The Strictly Come Dancing 2022 pairings have been revealed and main the pack is reigning champion Giovanni Pernice, who will kind one in every of two same-sex pairings this sequence, whereas Helen Skelton will take to the ground with Gorka Marquez

After being topped sequence champion with Rose Ayling-Ellis, this 12 months’s Strictly will see Giovanni take to the ground with DJ Richie, who had confirmed forward of the sequence that he can be dancing with a male associate.

Detailing his necessities for a dance associate, Richie mused: ‘As the good 80s thinker Sinitta mentioned, “he’s obtained to be massive and powerful and sufficient to… whirl me across the dance ground!”‘

For the primary time within the present’s historical past, there will likely be two same-sex {couples} performing in the identical sequence, with Karen, who final 12 months danced with Greg Sensible, taking to the ground with comic Jayde.

Sharing her emotions on being a part of the Strictly expertise, Jade defined: ‘I really feel prefer it’s not actual, I really feel like somebody made a Strictly themed celebration and I’m in the course of it!’

Let's do this! Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds will dance with Nikita Kuzmin, who last year took to the floor with Tilly Ramsay

Let’s do that! Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds will dance with Nikita Kuzmin, who final 12 months took to the ground with Tilly Ramsay

Honour: Speaking on how she felt representing people with dwarfism on the show, Ellie told host Tess: 'It means everything, to represent not just dwarfism but disability in general, for me to go out of my comfort zone and do something that I’ve never done before'

Honour: Talking on how she felt representing folks with dwarfism on the present, Ellie informed host Tess: ‘It means the whole lot, to symbolize not simply dwarfism however incapacity normally, for me to exit of my consolation zone and do one thing that I’ve by no means achieved earlier than’

Making history: For the first time in the show's history, there will be two same-sex couples performing in the same series, with Karen, who last year danced with Greg Wise, taking to the floor with comedian Jayde

Making historical past: For the primary time within the present’s historical past, there will likely be two same-sex {couples} performing in the identical sequence, with Karen, who final 12 months danced with Greg Sensible, taking to the ground with comic Jayde

Elsewhere Helen will take to the dancefloor with Gorka, who final 12 months was eradicated in the course of the present’s third week after failing to impress with Katie McGlynn.

On how she felt in regards to the prospect of dealing with acid-tongued choose Craig, Helen quipped: ‘I’ve obtained three little youngsters so I don’t suppose there’s any tantrum you’ll be able to throw at me that I haven’t already seen!’ 

Kai Widdrington, who was final 12 months pressured to withdraw from the ultimate after his superstar associate AJ Odudu suffered an damage, will this 12 months dance with broadcaster Kaye Adams.

Nonetheless, Kaye predicted that her dancing abilities will definitely fulfill choose Craig, who’s well-known for his put-downs, as she informed him: ‘I’m your early Christmas current, I’m the turkey with all of the trimmings.’

Katya Jones, who set tongues wagging final 12 months when she appeared to kiss the now-single Olympic star Adam Peaty, has been paired up with footballer Tony Adams.

First meeting: Helen will take to the dancefloor with Gorka, who last year was eliminated during the show's third week after failing to impress with Katie McGlynn

First assembly: Helen will take to the dancefloor with Gorka, who final 12 months was eradicated in the course of the present’s third week after failing to impress with Katie McGlynn

Not fazed: On how she felt about the prospect of facing acid-tongued judge Craig, Helen quipped: 'I’ve got three little kids so I don’t think there’s any tantrum you can throw at me that I haven’t already seen!'

Not fazed: On how she felt in regards to the prospect of dealing with acid-tongued choose Craig, Helen quipped: ‘I’ve obtained three little youngsters so I don’t suppose there’s any tantrum you’ll be able to throw at me that I haven’t already seen!’

Matched up: Kai Widdrington, who was last year forced to withdraw from the final after his celebrity partner AJ Odudu suffered an injury, will this year dance with broadcaster Kaye Adams

Matched up: Kai Widdrington, who was final 12 months pressured to withdraw from the ultimate after his superstar associate AJ Odudu suffered an damage, will this 12 months dance with broadcaster Kaye Adams

Partner goals: Katya Jones, who set tongues wagging last year when she appeared to kiss the now-single Olympic star Adam Peaty, has been paired up with footballer Tony Adams

Associate objectives: Katya Jones, who set tongues wagging final 12 months when she appeared to kiss the now-single Olympic star Adam Peaty, has been paired up with footballer Tony Adams

Wow factor: Singer and DJ Fleur East has been coupled with newcomer Vito Coppola

Wow issue: Singer and DJ Fleur East has been coupled with newcomer Vito Coppola

Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds will dance with Nikita Kuzmin, who final 12 months took to the ground with Tilly Ramsay, whereas singer and DJ Fleur East has been coupled with newcomer Vito Coppola.

When requested how she juggle Strictly along with her Hits Radio Breakfast present, the previous X Issue star responded: ‘“I’ve obtained six alarms that I set, as a result of I snooze all of them. I’ll be up at 4.30am waking everybody up after which dancing at night time!’ 

In the meantime, talking on how she felt representing folks with dwarfism on the present, Ellie informed host Tess: ‘It means the whole lot, to symbolize not simply dwarfism however incapacity normally, for me to exit of my consolation zone and do one thing that I’ve by no means achieved earlier than. 

‘Dancing is for all, sure, I’m going to need to adapt, I’m going to need to see what it’s like, however to be on the market each Saturday night time dancing… I’m so so proud.’ 

New duo: Last year's finalist Johannes Radebe, who had performed with Great British Bake Off star John Whaite, will this year dance with comedian Ellie Taylor

New duo: Final 12 months’s finalist Johannes Radebe, who had carried out with Nice British Bake Off star John Whaite, will this 12 months dance with comic Ellie Taylor

New pair: EastEnders star James Bye, who insists he has 'got zero dance experience' will perform with pro Amy Dowden

New pair: EastEnders star James Bye, who insists he has ‘obtained zero dance expertise’ will carry out with professional Amy Dowden

Whereas her associate Nikita shared: ‘For me, the aim for this season is for Ellie to have the perfect time of her life.’ 

Final 12 months’s finalist Johannes Radebe, who had carried out with Nice British Bake Off star John Whaite, will this 12 months dance with comic Ellie Taylor.

EastEnders star James Bye, who insists he has ‘obtained zero dance expertise’ will carry out with professional Amy Dowden, whereas singer and CBBC star Molly Rainford will take to the dancefloor with sequence newcomer Carlos Gu.

Coronation Road star Kym Marsh will dance with Graziano Di Prima, who final 12 months took to the ground with Judi Love, whereas Matt Goss has been paired up with Nadiya Bychkova.

Streets ahead? Coronation Street star Kym Marsh will dance with Graziano Di Prima, who last year took to the floor with Judi Love

Streets forward? Coronation Road star Kym Marsh will dance with Graziano Di Prima, who final 12 months took to the ground with Judi Love

Thrilled: Describing how she felt at finally discovering her dance partner, Kym shared: 'My stomach was churning, but I was delighted!'

Thrilled: Describing how she felt at lastly discovering her dance associate, Kym shared: ‘My abdomen was churning, however I used to be delighted!’

Music to his ears: Matt Goss has been paired up with Nadiya Bychkova

Music to his ears: Matt Goss has been paired up with Nadiya Bychkova

Describing how she felt at lastly discovering her dance associate, Kym shared: ‘My abdomen was churning, however I used to be delighted!’

DJ Tyler West will dance with Dianne Buswell, who final 12 months withdrew from the sequence alongside Robert Webb as a result of his well being issues. Sharing her pleasure about her new associate, Dianne was fast to counsel their workforce moniker: ‘Workforce TyeDie’. 

Rounding out this 12 months’s {couples} are actor Will Mellor, who has been partnered with Nancy Xu, and Countryfile’s Hamza Yassin, who will dance with Jowita Przystal and informed how his Strictly want is to bag a ten from Craig.

Will, who informed how he lives close to choose Anton, described himself and Nancy as a ‘good match’, remarking to Tess: ‘I’m like an excitable pet and so’s she!’ 

The fifteen {couples} have been working onerous within the coaching room, with their debut efficiency set to air in the course of the first Strictly reside present on Saturday, with the judging panel scoring every dance out of 40.

Fun times: DJ Tyler West will dance with Dianne Buswell, who last year withdrew from the series alongside Robert Webb due to his health concerns

Enjoyable occasions: DJ Tyler West will dance with Dianne Buswell, who final 12 months withdrew from the sequence alongside Robert Webb as a result of his well being issues

Nice one! Rounding out this year's couples are actor Will Mellor, who has been partnered with Nancy Xu

Good one! Rounding out this 12 months’s {couples} are actor Will Mellor, who has been partnered with Nancy Xu

The pairs will then ship a second efficiency the next week when the general public vote will open, earlier than a outcomes present on Sunday reveals which two pairs obtained the fewest votes and should compete within the dance off.

The judges will then resolve which couple they want to save, and the opposite pair will likely be eradicated. 

The sequence opener additionally featured two unbelievable performances from the Strictly professionals, in addition to the return of reigning champion Rose Ayling-Ellis, and a music efficiency from John Legend who carried out his new single All She Wanna Do.

Becoming a member of Claudia and Giovanni on the couch forward of their comeback dance, Rose informed the way it was ‘pretty’ to be again on the present whereas expressing her shock that it had been a 12 months since she took half.

She added that coaching for her return dance with Giovanni made her realise how a lot she ‘missed’ coaching with him, whereas the Italian hunk added that the few hours they danced collectively as soon as once more was ‘magical’.  

Dusting off their paddles have been returning judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke. 

Let's dance: Singer and CBBC star Molly Rainford will take to the dancefloor with series newcomer Carlos Gu

Let’s dance: Singer and CBBC star Molly Rainford will take to the dancefloor with sequence newcomer Carlos Gu

Can't wait: Countryfile's Hamza Yassin, who will dance with Jowita Przystal and told how his Strictly wish is to bag a 10 from Craig

Cannot wait: Countryfile’s Hamza Yassin, who will dance with Jowita Przystal and informed how his Strictly want is to bag a ten from Craig

Whereas viewers have been little question unhappy to not see present favourites Aljaz Skorjanec and Oti Mabuse, who each give up Strictly Come Dancing earlier this 12 months.

This sequence has additionally seen the introduction of 4 new professionals, European cup winner Vito Coppola, Chinese language Nationwide Champion Carlos Gu, former Underneath 21 British Nationwide Champion Lauren Oakley and Latin dance champion Michelle Tsiakkas.

Throughout Saturday’s launch the 4 execs have been formally launched to viewers by a pre-filmed cinematic dance routine.

Vito Coppola beforehand mentioned of his new function: ‘I’m actually excited to turn into a part of this household. I can’t wait to begin this new journey and to problem myself. Strictly sto arrivando! (or: Strictly I’m coming!)’

Delay: The high-anticipated launch show had originally been due to air on September 17, but had been postponed due to it being just two days before the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II , which took place on September 19

Delay: The high-anticipated launch present had initially been as a result of air on September 17, however had been postponed as a result of it being simply two days earlier than the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II , which occurred on September 19

Carlos Gu added: ‘I am thrilled to affix Strictly and really excited to get began. It is a new chapter of my life and a brand new problem as nicely. I am completely able to tackle this journey and to shine.’  

Former Underneath 21 British Nationwide Champion Lauren Oakley gushed: ‘I’ve grown up watching Strictly, at all times hoping that in the future I might be a part of the perfect present on tv, doing what I really like probably the most.’

‘Now that it is occurring, it would not fairly appear actual. I can not wait to begin this new sequined journey and be part of this unbelievable household.’

Latin champ Michelle Tsiakkas mentioned: ‘Being knowledgeable dancer on Strictly Come Dancing has been my dream ever since I used to be somewhat woman.’

They're baaack! Dusting off their paddles were returning judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke

They’re baaack! Dusting off their paddles have been returning judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke 

Grand return! The new series of Strictly Come Dancing will once again be hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman , who had presented the show together since 2014

Grand return! The brand new sequence of Strictly Come Dancing will as soon as once more be hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman , who had offered the present collectively since 2014

‘I can’t imagine my dream has come true! I am so grateful to be becoming a member of this unbelievable household and I can not wait to step on that magical dance ground and provides it my all!’ 

The postponed launch present lastly aired after being delayed as a result of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, with the unique date initially set simply two days earlier than the monarch was laid to relaxation.

The UK was positioned in a interval of mourning on September 8 after Buckingham Palace introduced the Queen’s passing, with a lot of BBC’s schedule full of rolling protection of occasions resulting in her funeral on September 19.

Authorities steering had acknowledged that leisure occasions have been below no obligation to be cancelled or postponed events in the course of the mourning interval, although it had been closely recommended as a mark of respect.

They've got the moves! The series opener also featured two incredible performances from the Strictly professionals

They have the strikes! The sequence opener additionally featured two unbelievable performances from the Strictly professionals

New faces: During Saturday's launch the four pros were officially introduced to viewers through a pre-filmed cinematic dance routine

New faces: Throughout Saturday’s launch the 4 execs have been formally launched to viewers by a pre-filmed cinematic dance routine

In consequence, the BBC opted to air the Paddington movies in honour of the Queen, with the primary movie proven instead of the launch present final Saturday.

This sequence would be the first in three years to be broadcast with out Covid measures, which pressured bosses to introduce restrictions together with ‘bubbles’ for coaching and restricted viewers numbers. 

Collection 20 of Strictly will see its stars have a good time 100 years of the BBC with a particular themed week this 12 months. 

Winners:  Reigning champion Rose Ayling-Ellis returned with partner Giovanni Pernice, where they enjoyed a chat with Claudia before performing for fans once again

Winners:  Reigning champion Rose Ayling-Ellis returned with associate Giovanni Pernice, the place they loved a chat with Claudia earlier than performing for followers as soon as once more

To mark the centenary, the Strictly {couples} will both dance ‘to a theme tune from an iconic BBC programme or in tribute to one of many BBC’s most-loved providers’.

The anniversary present can be set to function two particular routines by the professionals – one will honour the BBC’s Pure Historical past Programming unit, whereas the opposite will see the dancers ‘crashing’ some flagship exhibits.

Strictly Come Dancing’s first reside present will air on September 24, with It Takes Two returning on September 26.

STRICTLY COME DANCING 2022: WHO ARE THE COUPLES? 

HELEN SKELTON AND GORKA MARQUEZ 

Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez

Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez

Celeb’s age: 39

Career: TV and radio broadcaster

Helen says: ‘I am actually excited to get caught right into a enjoyable journey. My household and mates have at all times liked the present and might’t watch for me to get began’

ELLIE SIMMONDS AND NIKITA KUZMIN 

Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Guzman

Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Guzman

Celeb’s age: 27

Career: Former athlete 

Ellie says: ‘To be requested to be a part of the Strictly household is simply so thrilling and I can’t wait, it should a lot enjoyable.’

ELLIE TAYLOR AND JOHANNES RADEBE 

Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe

Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe

Celeb’s age: 38

Career: Comic

Ellie says: ‘Effectively, cowl me in pretend tan and roll me in sequins! I am completely over the moon to be part of Strictly 2022!’

FLEUR EAST AND VITO COPPOLA 

Fleur East and Vito Coppola

Fleur East and Vito Coppola

Celeb’s age: 34 

Career: Singer

Fleur says:  ‘I am equally nervous and thrilled to be a part of this 12 months’s Strictly line up. I am excited to study new abilities and I wish to absorb each second of this magical expertise.’

JAMES BYE AND AMY DOWDEN 

James Bye and Amy Dowden

James Bye and Amy Dowden

Celeb’s age: 38

Career: EastEnders actor

James says ‘I am not identified for my shimmy or my twinkle toes – in actual fact my youngsters repeatedly snicker at my dad dancing but it surely’s an honour to be requested and I will give it my finest shot.’

JAYDE ADAMS AND KAREN HAUER 

Jayde Adams and Karen Hauer

Jayde Adams and Karen Hauer

Celeb’s age: 37

Career: Comic

Jayde says: ‘I have been an enormous fan of the present for years. I really feel like I am watching myself in a dream and I can not imagine I’ve manifested this.’

TYLER WEST AND DIANNE BUSWELL 

Tyler West and Dianne Buswell

Tyler West and Dianne Buswell

Celeb’s age: 26

Career: Radio DJ

Tyler says: ‘It is a present which means a lot to me and my household and I can not wait to significantly shake a leg on that shiny dance ground… with a aspect of sequins.’

HAMZA YASSIN AND JOWITA PRZYSTAL 

Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal

Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal

Celeb’s age: 35

Profession: Wildlife cameraman and presenter

Hamza says: ‘I’m completely over the moon to be becoming a member of Strictly 2022. By no means in one million years did I feel I’d be on such a cool present.’

RICHIE ANDERSON AND GIOVANNI PERNICE 

Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice

Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice

Celeb’s age: 34

Career: Radio presenter 

Richie says: ‘It is a dream come true! I can’t wait to get in these sparkles and sequins and shimmy throughout probably the most well-known dance ground on the planet!’

KYM MARSH AND GRAZIANO DI PRIMA 

Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima

Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima

Celeb’s age: 46

Career: Coronation Road star and presenter

Kym says: ‘I am so delighted that this 12 months they’ve! I am an enormous fan of the present and might’t imagine I will go from watching at house in my pyjamas to really dancing in entrance of the judges in a glittery gown.’

MATT GOSS AND NADIYA BYCHKOVA 

Matt Goss and Nadiya Bychkova

Matt Goss and Nadiya Bychkova

Celeb’s age: 53

Career: Singer

Matt says: ‘I have been reclusive, I come and work after which return to America. I believed, it is time for me to return house and get out of my very own manner’

MOLLY RAINFORD AND CARLOS GU 

Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu

Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu

Age: 21

Career: Singer 

Molly says: ‘I already know it is gonna be an expertise of a lifetime and I can not wait to satisfy the remainder of the Strictly household I will be sharing it with.’

WILL MELLOR AND NANCY XU 

Will Mellor and Nancy Xu

Will Mellor and Nancy Xu

Celeb’s age: 46

Career: Actor

Will says: ‘I do know it will likely be an enormous problem however that is what life is all about. That is additionally my Mum’s favorite present and she or he’s had a very robust few years so I am doing that is for her as nicely. Deliver it on!’

TONY ADAMS AND KATYA JONES 

Tony Adams and Katya Jones

Tony Adams and Katya Jones

Celeb’s age: 55

Career: Retired footballer and supervisor

Tony says:  ‘To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of the sequins and the decision of the salsa has me swapping my battered previous soccer boots for a set of Strictly tender footwear’

KAYE ADAMS AND KAI WIDDRINGTON 

Kaye Adams and Kai Widdrington

Kaye Adams and Kai Widdrington

Celeb’s age: 59 

Career: Tv presenter 

Kaye says: ‘I mentioned I wished to make the final 12 months of my fifties memorable and i can not consider a greater manner of doing it than exhibiting the world my two left toes. Pray for me!’ 

 

 

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