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Strictly Come Dancing 2017 cast: Contestants revealed and here are the early favourites

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The early favourites on Strictly Come Dancing 2017 have been revealed following the full line up being confirmed.

A total line up of fifteen celebrities have now been announced for Strictly 2017.

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They include The Saturdays' singer Mollie King, EastEnders actor Davood Ghadami and host of ITV's This Morning and regular Loose Women panellist Ruth Langsford. Reverend Richard Coles and soap actress Gemma Atkinson join them on the confirmed cast of Strictly this year.

Also on the official line up for 2017 are TV chef and presenter Simon Rimmer, Holby City actor Joe McFadden, BBC Radio 4 comic Susan Calman and JLS singer Aston Merrygold.

More celebs are comic Brian Conley, Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins and Holby City actress Chizzy Akudolu.

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Rounding off the starting line up are 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.

JLS singer Aston has been installed as the early favourite with the bookies alongside his former X Factor rival Alexandra.

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Others tipped to do well include The Saturdays' singer Mollie and actress Gemma.

At the other end of the scale, bookies don't rate Ruth's odds making her the 50/1 shot to triumph.

Of course we've got a long way to go yet.

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Right now the celebs are in early rehearsals ahead of their first dance in next month's launch show.

There they will find out their pro partners before heading into three weeks of intense training with the live shows starting later this year.

Vote for your current favourite of the Strictly Come Dancing contestants in our poll below...

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As for when Strictly launches on TV, it's still not been been officially revealed.

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But although the precise Strictly Come Dancing 2017 start date has not yet been confirmed, the BBC has announced that the pre-recorded launch show will be filmed in London on Tuesday, 5 September.

This puts the likely launch date on TV as Saturday, September 9 based on past years.