As Strictly Come Dancing returns, these are the couples that will be gracing our screens this year

Autumn is well and truly on it’s way – evening’s are getting longer, the scarves are going on, and Strictly Come Dancing is back in our lives, YES!

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And while we know the smorgasbord of celebs that are donning their dancing shoes this year, we don’t know which fabulous professional dancer they would be taking their Strictly journey with…until now!

First there’s the cheerful chef that is Ainsley Harriott, who thinks that being paired with Natalie Lowe is a ‘recipe for success’ – see what you did there Ains.

And where there’s food, there’s always drink. Well, maybe not so much for Iwan Thomas, who says his dancing with partner Ola Jordan will be ‘the first sober dancing’ he’ll have ever done. ‘And it is on national TV, I am looking forward to it!’

Former The Wanter member, Jay McGuiness is with Russian dancer Aliona Vilani, while fellow popster Jamelia is with Tristan MacManus.

Eastenders’ Kellie Bright has been paired with cute-as-a-button Kevin Clifton, whose newlywed wife Karen Clifton is with BBC radio host Jeremy Vine, who is pretty impressed about his dance partner to say the least.

‘I’ve seen just a few of this lady’s moves and she is not the best in the UK, she is the best in the world!.’

While the dancers dance moves are impressive – seriously, how do they so those flips and spins?! – some of the celebs have also been pretty taken aback from their looks, like actress Anita Rani, who was feeling a bit hot under the collar about being paired with new professional dancer, Gleb Savchenko.

‘Oooh it just got hot in here! I don’t know if he can teach me to dance because I can’t actually look at his face!’

Steady on! Anita’s not the only one though and Carol Kirkwood though that her partner Pasha Kovalev was gorgeous and ‘so patient as well.’ We don’t know about the patient part, but we definitely know one half of that statement to be definitely true!

While Irish singer Daniel O’ Donnell is hoping that he’ll become a Strictly stud as well with Kristina Rihanoff: ‘Praise the Lord if she can turn my one pack into a six pack!’

Telly’s nice guy Peter Andre is with Janette Manrara, while Coronation’s Georgia May Foote is with newbie dancer Giovanni Pernice.

Boxer Anthony Ogogo has been paired with other newbie Oti Mabuse, and fellow sporty gal Kirsty Gallacher is with Brandan Cole.

Call the Midwife’s Helen George is surprised that she’s with newly engaged Alijaz Skorjanc, as she thought she was ‘going to get Anton!’, but alas, Anton Du Beke is with presenter Katie Derham, who couldn’t be more pleased about the fun times ahead.

‘What a laugh! He has been my guilty pleasure for years this man!’

Us too Katie, us too!

We can’t wait to see these Strictly couples shake their tailfeathers!

Amy Lo