Tuesday, 6 September 2011


Tuesday, 6 September 2011
Lulu, Russell Grant, Rory Bremner & Holly Valance

The BBC have released details of this year's Strictly Come Dancing lineup, taking the unusual step of making the announcement live on The One Show—perhaps because one participant is co-star Alex Jones?

The 14-strong line-up is as follows: impressionist Rory Bremner, astrologist Russell Grant, politician Edwina Currie, Daybreak presenter Daniel Lobb, singer Lulu, boxer Audley Harrison, Sven-Göran Eriksson's ex-wife Nancy Dell'Olio, Waterloo Road actress Chelsee Healey, footballer Robbie Savage, ex-EastEnders actress Anita Dobson, One Show presenter Alex Jones, ex-Neighbours/popstar Jason Donovan, ditto Holly Valance, and McFly singer Harry Judd.

Jason Donovan, Nancy Dell'Olio, Robbie Savage & Edwina Currie

For the second year running, that's a surprisingly strong gathering of talent. There are only two people I've never heard of (Chelsee Healey and Daniel Lobb). It's certainly the kind of group the producers of Celebrity Big Brother would kill for, which just goes to prove that Strictly has a certain level of respectability to it. In fact, it's probably the only celeb-based reality show that's proven to only really benefit your career. Honestly, who's ever lived to regret being a part of it?

Harry Judd, Chelsee Healey, Audley Harrison & Anita Dobson

Who's your favourite? Edwina Currie's assumedly there to be terrible, but will she surprise us with some fancy moves? Can tubby Russell Grant manage to foxtrot in a straight line? Will boxer Audley Harrison float like a butterfly, or stomp like an elephant? Is Jason Donovan the man to beat, given his background in musical theatre? How many Bruce Forsyth impressions with Rory Bremner be forced to do until Christmas? Oh yes, and I'm already salivating at the prospect of Holly Valance shaking her bottom every Saturday night!

Any thoughts, people?

Alex Jones & Daniel Lobb

STRICTLY COME DANCING returns to BBC1 on 10 September @6.10PM, beginning with a special Launch Show.