Finally it’s here! Well… nearly. With just three weeks to go until Strictly Come Dancing begins properly, this Saturday brought us a tantalising treat in the form of the much-anticipated launch show where the celebs were paired up with their professional partners.
We were given a lovely sparkly dose of all the things we have to look forward to, the glitz and glamour, the judges’ banter, the building camaraderie between the contestants, the pros doing their thing and Brucie’s jokes (well I guess you can’t have everything!)
It was certainly an exciting show. We already knew the ‘celebrities’: Harry Judd, Jason Donovan, Dan Lodd, Robbie Savage, Russell Grant, Rory Bremner and Audley Harrison for the boys, and Holly Valance, Alex Jones, Chelsee Healey, Anita Dobson, Lulu, Nancy Dell Olive Oil (or whatever her name is) and Edwina Currie for the girls.
But of course the important part for the real fans is the pro group. We all have our favourites by now and want them to get someone with a bit of a chance, ie: not Russell or Edwina.
On the whole there were some very promising pairings. Here they are:
Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani – This should be good. I like Harry and I like Aliona. It does strike me as slightly unfair that after getting Matt Baker and a place in the final last year, Aliona should get a young attractive guy for a second year running but still, I think they could do well.
Jason Donovan and Kristina Rihanoff – Jase looks like he takes things very seriously which should bode well for Kristina, but maybe too seriously. Not sure how popular this will make him but then he has already got a strong fan base so he should be ok.
Dan Lodd and Katya Virshilas – I’m looking forward to this partnership. I had no clue who Dan was but personality-wise he seems fun. I liked his sense of humour. Katya will work him hard and I’d like them to be good.
Robbie Savage and Ola Jordan – Hmmn, on first impressions I’m not keen on Robbie, looks a bit of a sleeze. Thankfully Ola’s happily married. I don’t even care about their dancing. I don’t have high hopes, only that Ola will make him do something with that hair…
Russell Grant and Flavia – Potential winners without doubt. I jest. They’ll be a fun pair. Russell seems like a good sport and so is Flavia, which is just as well. They are a good height match and she is a Pisces, just like he wanted. Success is written in the stars.
Rory Bremner and Erin Boag – I’m very excited about this pair. I’m a big fan of Rory Bremner and Erin is one of my fave female pros so this should be a treat. I really hope he can dance though, as she’s had a few duds along the way. If anyone can whip him into shape, it will be Erin.
Audley Harrison and Natalie Lowe – Not really bothered about these guys. Audley seems like a nice chap but I can’t help but think his size (6ft 6”) will be a hindrance but you never know. Natalie’s a good choreographer so she’s bound to put together something that will suit him but I still don’t reckon they’ll last long.
Holly Valance and Artem Chigvintsev - Two words. So unfair. I like them both but still: Kara and then Holly? Think Artem’s been bribing someone.
Alex Jones and James Jordan – She looks to be in good shape so hopefully she’ll turn out to have an aptitude for dance. I’m a huge James fan so I’d like him to go far, although he did get the fantastic Pamela last year, so he’ll be lucky to top that!
Chelsee Healey and Pasha Kovalev - I would say ‘Poor Pasha’. Maybe I still will, for reasons such as Chelsee’s annoying mannerisms, lips and the fact that she’s ‘single and ready to mingle’. However I reckon she could actually be quite good if she can keep her boobs in her costume. From what I’ve seen of Pasha I adore him already!
Anita Dobson and Robin Windsor – Seem like a nice couple. I don’t know much about either of them, so I’m not excited yet. Maybe Anita might turn out to be a secret gem. Like Pamela. That’d be nice.
Brendan removes a horrified Lulu
Lulu No Surname and Brendan Cole – I’m not fond of Lulu but I love Brendan in a naughty schoolboy kind of way. I don’t think she’ll be very good but I’m really looking forward to the fireworks between them.
Nancy Dell Olive Oil and Anton du Beke – TRAVESTY! I adore Anton and after Ann Widdecombe he deserves a knighthood, never mind a damn good partner. And who does he get? A woman whose only fan is herself. They won’t get far.
Edwina Currie and Vincent Simone – Hmmn. Well she can’t be as bad as Ann can she?
Look out for the live shows on BBC1 starting with a double bill on Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October.