Last minute rehearsals for Strictly stars as first dances and songs are revealed

Get your dancing shoes on Strictly fans - the big day is here. On Friday, celebrities will take to the dance floor to show off their fancy footwork in the first live show of the series.

Rehearsals have, understandably, stepped up a notch in preparation for the big night.

Among those who have put through their paces are Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Natalie Gumede. Both ladies have been photographed perfecting their dance moves this week, ahead of the live show.



Despite the daunting task ahead of them, Sophie and Natalie both looked happy and relaxed as they put in the practice with their professional partners, Brendan Cole and Artem Chigvintsev.

Former Coronation Street actress Natalie currently stands as the bookies' favourite to waltz away with the famous glitter ball trophy.

The actress has previous dancing experience, and of course her partner Artem famously steered another soap star — girlfriend Kara Tointon — to victory in 2010.


Another star tipped to go all the way to the top is Hollyoaks actor Ashley Taylor Dawson. Having danced as a member of defunct band allSTARS, he also looks set to be a contender for the Strictly crown.

Ahead of Friday's premiere, BBC have revealed the all-important dance and song list for week one.


In alphabetical order:

Abbey Clancy and Aljaž Skorjanec — Waltz — Kissing You, Des'ree.

Ashley Taylor Dawson and Ola Jordan — Cha Cha — What Makes You Beautiful, One Direction.

Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff — Cha Cha — Love Me Again, John Newman.

Dave Myers and Karen Hauer — Cha Cha — Moves Like Jagger, Maroon 5.

Deborah Meaden and Robin Windsor — Tango — Money Money Money, Abba.

Fiona Fullerton and Anton du Beke — Tango — View To A Kill, Duran Duran.

Julien Macdonald and Janette Manrara — Cha Cha — Vogue, Madonna.

Mark Benton and Iveta Lukosiute — Tango — Hernando's Hideaway, Alma Cogan.

Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev — Cha Cha — Rasputin, Boney M.

Patrick Robinson and Anya Garnis — Jive — Runaway Baby, Bruno Mars.

Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev — Waltz — When I Need You, Luther Vandross.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendan Cole — Waltz — Moon River, Audrey Hepburn.

Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton — Jive — Shake Your Tailfeather, Blues Brothers.

Tony Jacklin and Aliona Vilani - Waltz — What I'll Do, Alison Krauss.

Vanessa Feltz and James Jordan — Cha Cha — That Don't Impress Me Much, Shania Twain.
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