The Strictly Come Dancing 2016 line up has been CONFIRMED

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The Strictly Come Dancing 2016 line up of celebrities has been confirmed, according to Craig Revel Horwood.

The judge on the BBC One series doesn't know who they are yet but says that bosses have selected their stars of this year's show.

Craig said: "The judges are told an hour before the press who is actually going to be in the show. We are kept in the dark as much as everybody else.

"The dancers are matched to the celebrities, the celebrities are chosen first then the dancers are employed after that - this is an exclusive darling!"

The BBC confirmed the line up of pro dancers last week, so does it give us any clues for the celebrities?

New faces on the show this year are World Champion Katya Jones, Ukrainian Champion Oksana Platero and top Spanish dance professional Gorka Marquez.

They join a cast of returning pros from past years.

Waltzing back to the Strictly dance floor are the marvellous male dancers, Anton du Beke, Brendan Cole, Kevin Clifton, Pasha Kovalev, Aljaž Škorjanec, Giovanni Pernice; and the fabulous female dancers returning are Karen Clifton, Natalie Lowe, Joanne Clifton, Janette Manrara and Oti Mabuse.

There's one celebrity rumour Craig is hoping is true: "I'm just hoping Judge Rinder is on."

Other reported celebrity contestants for the line up this year include singer Anastacia, Corrie's Ryan Thomas, TV presenter couple Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, former I'm A Celebrity host Laura Whitmore, butler to the late Princess Diana Paul Burrell and Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood.

More names linked to Strictly this year are Pop Idol singer Will Young, Eternal's Louise Redknapp and even former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole.

Strictly is back on BBC One this autumn.

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