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Strictly Come Dancing 2018’s pairings revealed

During last night’s launch show (September 8), the pairings for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing were revealed to the nation.

Before the couples were announced, we were treated to a spectacular dance routine from this year’s professional dancers, accompanied by Nile Rodgers and Chic. The dance also featured an appearance from hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, as well as the judges: Craig Revel Horwood, Dame Darcey Bussell, Shirley Ballas, and Bruno Tonioli.

Next came the moment we’ve all been waiting for – the coupling up of the celebrities and dance professionals. Here’s who will be dancing with who on Strictly Come Dancing 2018:

Kate Silverton and Aljaž Skorjanec

Newsreader Kate Silverton was the first to find out who her dance partner will be. It’s safe to say that Aljaž seemed over the moon by his new partner!

Vick Hope and Graziano Di Prima

Capital FM Breakfast host Vick Hope was partnered with newbie Graziano Di Prima. Not only did the chemistry between the two seem electric (that lift was fabulous), but they’re also complete hair goals.

Susannah Constantine and Anton Du Beke

In one of the least surprising pairings of the evening, fashion guru, TV star and author Susannah Constantine was paired up with Strictly’s longest serving professional Anton Du Beke.

Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice

There was no hiding Giovanni Pernice’s delight when he was paired up with Steps star Faye Tozer. It’s safe to say that this pairing was anything but a ‘Tragedy’.

Lee Ryan and Nadiya Bychkova

‘All Rise’ for Nadiya’s new partner – Blue singer and Eastenders actor Lee Ryan. Both looked absolutely delighted and we cannot wait to see them on the dance floor.

Dr Ranj and Janette Manrara

This Morning’s resident Dr Ranj was paired up with Janette Manrara, and we predict that these pocket rockets will be this year’s most smiley couple.

Danny John-Jules and Amy Dowden

Actor Danny John-Jules will be put through his paces by Welsh dancer Amy Dowden, who is returning for her second year on Strictly.

Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell

YouTuber Joe Sugg was paired up with Dianne Buswell, who also returns for her second year on Strictly. Joe’s lifting technique might need some work but were excited to see this pair in action on the dance floor.

Katie Piper and Gorka Marquez

Arguably the most nervous contestant of the evening, it was lovely to see presenter, author and charity campaigner Katie Piper’s fears ease when she found out that she was partnered with Gorka.

Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard

Paralympian Lauren Steadman was paired up with AJ Pritchard, who greeted her with a knee slide before almost dropping her during a high energy spin – they seem enthusiastic to say the least!

Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton

If there was an award for the most enthusiastic couple, it would have to go to investigative journalist Stacey Dooley who was partnered with Kevin Clifton. They seem to have great chemistry already and having been in the final on four occasions, Kevin will be hoping that Stacey is the key to finally winning Strictly.

Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev

The final lady to find out her partner was former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts. Pasha quite literally swept her off her feet and we can’t wait to see the magic they’ll showcase on the dance floor.

Seann Walsh and Katya Jones

Comedian Seann Walsh was partnered with reigning champion Katya Jones. She put Ed Balls through his paces and helped Joe McFadden to win the glitterball, so it’s safe to say that Seann is in very safe hands.

Charles Venn and Karen Clifton

Casualty star Charles Venn was thrilled to be partnered with Karen Clifton and we can already sense that these two will be a pair to watch over the coming weeks.

Graeme Swann and Oti Mabuse

The final pairing to be revealed was former cricketer Graeme Swann and Oti Mabuse. Graeme showed off his floss on the Strictly dance floor, but how will he fare in the world of Latin and ballroom?

After all couples were revealed, we were treated to a thrilling first group performance, with the celebrities being able to show off their moves for the first time. There’s definitely a lot of potential already – the Class of 2018 could be the most exciting bunch yet.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to our screens on September 22 for the first live show.

What did you think of the Strictly Come Dancing launch show? Which pairing will you be rooting for? Let us know on Twitter @CelebMix

Written by Katrina Rees

I'm Katrina, or Kat to pretty much everyone. I'm an editor for CelebMix, a content writer, a boyband lover and an all round music fanatic.
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