First look at Strictly Come Dancing 2018 as celebs begin rehearsals

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Here's your very first look at Strictly Come Dancing 2018 as the show's pros and celebs begin training.

A first snap of the group was posted to Twitter ahead of the red carpet launch filming tonight (Monday, August 27).

It was the first time that the celebrity line up and professionals met, as they rehearsed their first group number.

At yet, no one knows who will be paired with who, with the couples not revealed until the launch show which airs on Saturday, September 8.

The Strictly Come Dancing 2018 pros were announced earlier this year.

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Strictly pro Amy Dowden, vlogger Joe Sugg and TV docotr Dr Ranj

The BBC Has confirmed three new pros for 2018: They are Italian Latin Champion Graziano Di Prima, Professional South African Latin Champion Johannes Radebe and four-time winner of the Italian Dance Championship Luba Mushtuk.

They will join returning Strictly male professionals AJ Pritchard, Aljaž Škorjanec, Anton Du Beke, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Kevin Clifton, Neil Jones and Pasha Kovalev.

Plus the returning female dancers, Amy Dowden, Dianne Buswell, Janette Manrara, Karen Clifton, Katya Jones, Nadiya Bychkova, and Oti Mabuse.

But we have lost two Strictly pros: Brendan Cole, a series original, and Chloe Hewitt, who joined in 2016, will both be leaving the show.

Strictly Come Dancing boss Louise Rainbow said: “This is the biggest line-up of pros that we’ve ever had on Strictly. We are so lucky to have such an array of talent. A huge thank you goes to Brendan from all of us for 15 amazing series of Strictly.

"We wish him all the very best with his future projects. We would also like to thank Chloe and wish her well.”

Meanwhile, the confirmed Strictly line up has been announced in full.

A total of fifteen celebs have been named for this year's cast with author, inspirational speaker, TV presenter and charity campaigner Katie Piper the first celebrity to officially join this month.

She was quickly followed by Vick Hope, Capital Radio DJ and TV presenter, Steps star Faye Tozer and the first ever YouTube vlogger to take to the Strictly ballroom, Joe Sugg.

More confirmed names for the Strictly Come Dancing 2018 line up are England cricketer Graeme Swann, Red Dwarf actor Danny John-Jules and Dr Ranj Singh, TV Doctor on This Morning.

Also announced are BBC Three documentary maker Stacey Dooley, Pussycat Dolls singer Ashley Roberts, BBC News journalist Kate Silverton and comic Seann Walsh.

They're joined by Blue singer turned EastEnders actor Lee Ryan and Paratriathlete Lauren Steadman.

Television presenter and fashion journalist Susannah Constantine and Casualty actor Charles Venn complete the line up.

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Ashley Roberts and Vick Hope

The stars have been sharing snaps from training.

Ashley Roberts Instagrammed a picture of herself and Vick: "Rehearsal shenanigans with this beauty @vicknhope #StrictlySquad @bbcstrictly"

Meanwhile, Dr Ranj took to Twitter to tell fans: "Day 1 of rehearsals is done. We got to meet all the celebs and dancer sand they are incredible... so, so amazing. It's been a real whirlwind of a day. Everything hurts right now and I'm hoping this time I'll remember my moves."

Strictly Come Dancing begins on BBC One in September.

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