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Strictly Come Dancing stars strut their stuff on red carpet

From BBC - August 29, 2017

Tassels twirled and hips gyrated as the stars of this year's Strictly Come Dancing appeared together for the first time at a glitzy red carpet event.

Judges, dancers and celebrity contestants strutted their stuff outside the BBC's Broadcasting House in London ahead of this year's series, which begins with a launch show on BBC One on 9 September.

Saturdays singer Mollie King joined actor Joe McFadden on a dais festooned with glitter and shiny ticker tape.

King said she had yet to seek advice from bandmate Frankie Bridge, a Strictly contestant in 2014, but said she would "definitely be on the phone" asking for tips.

The Reverend Richard Coles showed off some impressive dance moves as he sashayed down the red carpet with newsreader Charlotte Hawkins.

"I am not sure if they are going to be good for anyone but I am releasing them," he told the BBC's Lizo Mzimba. "They are bubbling up from within like a volcano."

Presenter Debbie McGee, whose late husband Paul Daniels competed on Strictly in 2010, got a lift from the show's male dancers at Monday's launch event.

"I am just going to make sure I enjoy it," said the TV presenter who, at 58, is the oldest contestant in this year's line-up. "I do not think there's any other way to do it."

Former glamour model Gemma Atkinson, meanwhile, got a lift of her own from actor and comedian Brian Conley.

"I am happy to wear whatever they wish as long as it is not too revealing," said Conley, adding he would be "happy to be sprayed" if a fake tan was required.

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