Strictly Come Dancing celebrities' pro partners chosen in new 'speed dancing' challenge

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The Strictly Come Dancing 2017 celebrity and pro partner pairings are being chosen in a new ‘speed dancing’ challenge.

The celebs and pro dancers on this year’s series met up ahead of the launch show to get to know one another.

“We did this thing called speed dancing, which they haven’t done before,” The Saturdays’ singer Mollie King explained. “All the girls stand in a circle and each time a different professional boy would come and rotate and dance with you.

“I loved every minute of it. I liked the ones who held you firm.”

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, Mollie named Pasha, Gorka, Giovanni and Brendan as her favourites to be partnered with.

The Saturdays' Mollie King
The Saturdays’ Mollie King

Let’s hope she’s not disappointed…

Alongside Mollie on this year’s celeb line up are EastEnders actor Davood Ghadami, Host of ITV’s This Morning and regular Loose Women panellist Ruth Langsford, Reverend Richard Coles, and soap actress Gemma Atkinson.

Also on the official cast are TV chef and presenter Simon Rimmer, Holby City actor Joe McFadden, BBC Radio 4 comic Susan Calman, JLS singer Aston Merrygold and comic Brian Conley.

They’re joined by Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins, Holby City actress Chizzy Akudolu, X Factor winner turned West End star Alexandra Burke, Paralympian Jonnie Peacock, and Debbie McGee, TV personality, presenter and the widow of magician Paul Daniels.

As for the pros, it’s all change this year! The line up includes three new ladies: Dianne Buswell from Australia, Nadiya Bychkova from Ukraine and Amy Dowden from Wales.

The three new Strictly Come Dancing professionals will replace Joanne Clifton, Oksana Platero and Natalie Lowe who are all leaving the series.

strictly come dancing 2017 celebs
Strictly Come Dancing stars

Those returning to the Strictly dance floor once again are male dancers, Anton Du Beke, Brendan Cole, Kevin Clifton, Neil Jones, Pasha Kovalev, Gorka Marquez, Giovanni Pernice, AJ Pritchard and Aljaž Škorjanec

Plus returning female dancers Karen Clifton, Chloe Hewitt, Katya Jones, Oti Mabuse and Janette Manrara.

The pro and celeb pairings will be revealed in next Saturday’s launch show (September 9) at 7PM on BBC One.

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