Strictly Come Dancing 2016 cast hit the red carpet for launch show

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The Strictly Come Dancing 2016 contestants were on the red carpet last night as they recorded this year's launch show.

A total of fifteen celebs have signed up for the new series and they were joined by hosts Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly as well as judges Len Goodman plus Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood at the launch.

The stars were at Elstree Studios in North London together with this year's professional dancers to record Saturday's opening episode.

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Those on the Strictly 2016 line up this year include Actress Lesley Joseph, best known for her role in Birds of a Feather, World Champion long jumper Greg Rutherford, who has just returned from the Olympics in Rio, EastEnders star Tameka Empson and former politician Ed Balls.

They join singer and actor Will Young and TV presenter Laura Whitmore who were amongst the first names to be confirmed.

Also on the cast of Strictly 2016 are sports broadcaster Ore Oduba, Kiss FM DJ Melvin Odoom and singer Louise Redknapp.

More celebs selected for this year's Strictly include Hollyoaks hunk Danny Mac, model Daisy Lowe, BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty and singer Anastacia.

Rounding things up are Team GB gymnast Claudia Fragapane and Jugde Rinder, real name Robert.

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The launch will see the all star cast paired up with their pro for the series before they hit the training room for three weeks of intensive rehearsals ahead of the first live show at the end of the month.

The opening episode this Saturday night will also see introductions to all the celebs on the line up, a group dance from the professionals and the first dance from the stars themselves.

Strictly Come Dancing starts this Saturday evening at 6:50PM on BBC One.

PICS: BBCStrictly/Twitter

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