PICTURES! Strictly Come Dancing 2016 celebrity and pro photshoot

Strictly 2016's celebrity couples glam up

Here's a first look at the Strictly Come Dancing 2016 celeb and pro photoshoot.

The contestants and their professional partners have glammed up for the snaps ahead of this weekend's first live shows.

This year we've fifteen celebrity contestants and the launch earlier this month saw them partnered up with the pros which include a number of newbies.

For the Men there are Greg Rutherford & Natalie Lowe, Judge Rinder & Oksana Platero, Danny Mac & Oti Mabuse, Melvin Odoom & Janette Manrara, Ore Oduba & Joanne Clifton, Will Young & Karen Clifton and lastly Ed Balls & Katya Jones.

For the Ladies we have Lesley Joseph & Anton du Beke, Naga Munchetty & Pasha Kovalev, Daisy Lowe & Aljaž Škorjanec, Louise Redknapp & Kevin Clifton, Tamika Empson & Gorka Marquez, Claudia Fragapane & AJ Pritchard, Anastacia & Brendan Cole and finally Laura Whitmore & Giovanni Pernice

After three weeks of intense training there are now just DAYS to go until the couples must dance together live for the first time this year.

This year's Strictly live shows begin at the end of the week on BBC One in two parts, first on Friday, September 23 and then on Saturday, September 24.

The couples will be split across the two shows with six couples dancing on Friday and the remaining nine on Saturday although the line up on each show has not yet been confirmed.

While - as usual - there will be no elimination in week one, the marks from the judges for the first dances will carry forward and help determine which two couples will be in the bottom two dance off in Week 2.

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