See how Peter Andre and his dance partner Janette Manrara have been progressing on their Strictly Come Dancing journey

Peter Andre made his legions of fans VERY happy when it was announced that he was participating in Strictly Come Dancing 2015.

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The 42-year-old singer admitted he was ‘nervous’ after being confirmed for the line-up on 19 August and asked his followers to wish him luck – we believe in you, Pete!

Ever since that exciting day Pete has been on a whirlwind Strictly journey full of sequins, steps and (we bet) spray tan. Click through our pictures above to see the Peter Andre Strictly Come Dancing diary in pictures…

Soon after his addition to the show becomes public, Pete jumps straight into group dance rehearsals. He quickly makes friends with fellow Strictly stars including Iwan Thomas and Daniel O’Donnell.

Pete calls the gang a ‘lovely bunch’, though makes sure he doesn’t neglect his family and later joins baby daughter Amelia to watch Peppa Pig in the evening – awww, wife Emily MacDonagh must be so proud!

After weeks of juggling his busy singing/TV/family/Strictly schedule, Pete is paired with professional dancer Janette Manrara on the 5 September launch show.

Both are thrilled about the decision, with the singer telling his Twitter fans that he’s ‘so happy’ and Janette confessing she ‘cannot wait’ to start rehearsing with the star.

Pete can’t stop grinning on his first day of practice with Janette and just a week into rehearsals it looks like they’ve become firm friends as well as dance partners.

‘Week 2 of rehearsals started today! @pj_andre is working really hard!! #HappyTeacher #TeamJandre,’ Janette posts with a selfie of the duo on Instagram.

The pair might be working hard but they still find time for fun. On 21 September Pete and Janette get silly and post a funny photo wearing bright sunglasses and colourful costumes. Interesting!

Pete can’t help but praise his tutor when their first official picture together is released just days before the first live show.

‘Our official photo :)) with the most awesome teacher @jmanrara,’ the dad-of-three tells his fans.

Something tells us that Pete and Janette could go far in this competition!

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Anna Francis