Strictly Come Dancing Line-Up Reveal

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a huge fan of Strictly Come Dancing. Every autumn, for several months I plonk myself down on my sofa on a Saturday and enter a world of fleckles and heel turns and beautiful dresses. So, ahead of the launch show this weekend, I watched the line-up reveal on The One Show earlier tonight (if you missed it you can watch it on BBC iPlayer - the link's not up yet but I'll post it ASAP).

I'm actually pleasantly surprised by the line-up - although there were a couple of 'who?' moments this year, which probably indicates the type of telly I watch (cookery programmes yes, soaps no), I did know who most people are. Although once again there don't seem to be that many attractive men. I appreciate I've got unusual taste but Ben Cohen doesn't do it for me and I fancied Ashley Taylor Dawson way back in the 90s when he was in his first pop band so it feels a bit wrong!

That said I think this could be the year of the dark horses. I have said many times before that I would far, far rather watch the Lisa Rileys and Chris Hollinses of this world who may not be technically brilliant but look like they're really enjoying it, and so I have particularly high hopes for Dave Myers. I reckon he could surprise us all. I'm also looking forward to seeing what Susannah Reid, Vanessa Feltz and Rachel Riley can do, there seem to be lots of people who look like they could turn out all right.

The other thing I always like to do is play the partner prediction game - which I nearly always get completely wrong, mainly because I tend to pick on things like height and who did well/badly last year, whereas the producers seem to do it completely at random (I can't think how else Kristina Rihanoff ended up with Colin Salmon last year, when he was at least a foot too tall for her). But here goes...

Abbey and Robin
Ashley and Janette
Ben and Natalie
Dave and Ola
Deborah and Anton
Fiona and Aljaz
Julien and Iveta
Mark and Kristina
Natalie and Kevin
Patrick and Anya
Rachel and Artem
Sophie and Brendan
Susannah and James
Tony and Karen
Vanessa and Pasha

So let's see how many of those come true on Saturday night! I'll be there, 6.50 PM on BBC One, absolutely glued to it.

Do you watch Strictly Come Dancing? What do you think of this year's line-up? And do you have a favourite already? Let me know in the comments and have a great day!

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