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Strictly Come Dancing 2017 contestants get God-like codenames

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The Strictly Come Dancing 2017 celebrities have been given God-like codenames to keep their identities hidden.

Every year the celebs who have signed up for the show are banned from using their real names when preparing for the series, such as in meetings, rehearsals and going for wardrobe fittings.

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Instead, they get various code names to use to keep their real identities a secret.

Former Strictly contestants Scott Mills explained previously: "They're so worried about it leaking out as to who's on it, it's like a massive secret.

"Obviously the papers try and guess all the time. They try and keep it under wraps so much, that they give everyone code names every year. I felt like I was in James Bond - it was so cool."

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For 2017, the celebs have been given names from Greek and Roman mythology, Radio Times reports.

The codenames included Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins being named Aurora, aptly The God Of Dawn while JLS' Aston Merrygold's codename was Hermes, "the divine trickster”.

Comic Brian Conley went under the name of Greek God Apollo whereas singer Mollie King was referred to Clio, a Greek goddess of music, song and dance.

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In 2015, stars were given Disney themed nick names, including Corrie star Georgia May Foote named Rapunzel, TV host Katie Derham as Belle and broadcaster Jeremy Vine going under the name Nemo.

Chef Ainsley Harriott's alias was Aladdin whereas EastEnder Kellie Bright became Jasmine.

For 2016, celebs had Shakespeare themed monikers. Ed Balls, the fist of the confirmed celebs, used Cicero fro Julius Caesar while Will Young went under the name of Ariel from The Tempest.

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And Laura Whitmore chose her own code name: Lady Macbeth.

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She told Nick Grimshaw on BBC's Radio 1: "I didn't really think about it because when there's a car outside your house and it's for Lady Macbeth!"

Strictly Come Dancing 2017 will begin in September on BBC One.