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Strictly celebrities are unveiled

The One Show host Christine Bleakley and GMTV presenter Andrew Castle are among the 16 contestants.

The new series kicks off on Saturday 20 September, with Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly returning as presenters.

Actress Cheri Lunghi, former Rising Damp star Don Warrington and model Jodie Kidd are among the famous names taking part, along with television chef Gary Rhodes.

TV presenter Lisa Snowdon and Holby City actor Tom Chambers will also do battle against a clutch of sport stars – who have performed well in previous series of the show.

Olympic swimmer Mark Foster and rugby player Austin Healey are hoping to emulate past champions Darren Gough and Mark Ramprakash.

Former ITV News political editor John Sergeant, 64, will hope to survive the early rounds of the tough competition.

The sixth series will feature two more celebrity and professional dance couples than previous years, and will enjoy a longer run.

Last year’s show was won by singer Alesha Dixon along with her partner Matthew Cutler, who this year will team up with Christine Bleakley.

The show’s regular professionals will be making a comeback, including Camilla Dallerup and Darren Bennett, who triumphed in a previous season with actress Jill Halfpenny.

Three new professionals – Brian Fortuna, Hayley Holt and Kristina Rihanoff – will join the programme.

Strictly co-host Bruce Forsyth said the victorious celebrity would need “stamina and style” to win the series.

“People often ask me to predict who’ll win and I never do, but I’ve got a sixth sense about the sixth series. The winner will be a man… or a woman!” added the veteran entertainer.

Courtesy: BBC News


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