See Anneka Rice and Kevin Clifton in Strictly Come Dancing training for first dance

Strictly Come Dancing has revealed a first look at Anneka Rice and Kevin Clifton in training.


TV legend Anneka was paired up with last year’s winning Strictly pro dancer Kevin Clifton in Saturday’s launch episode.

In this first clip from training, Anneka arrives in the rehearsal room with a ‘Good Luck’ balloon for Kevin.

“You’re going to need it,” she quips.

However, Kevin sees potential in Anneka as the pair begin to practice their first dance: The Cha Cha Cha.

“I think she came in very sort of nervous, like ‘Oh I’m not going to do this’ [but] She’s getting it. We’re just pacing ourselves through the routine and I’m really pleased.”

Anneka says: “My problem is I’ve got a top half and an bottom half and the two just don’t communicate.”

Meanwhile, speaking ahead of the live shows starting later this month, Anneka said: “I’m enjoying the build-up now it’s out in the open. I kept it a secret all this time and I hadn’t even told my family.

“When the news was broken before my official announcement, it was quite horrifying because I didn’t have time to brief everyone and prepare them. For years even my sister has said ‘Don’t do Strictly, you really can’t move’.

“My family has never seen me dance, not at a wedding, not at a party, nothing. I just don’t do dancing. While all my friends were clubbing at university I was in a news room working shifts. I never had those teenage reckless years of expression and freedom.”

Other celebs taking part in Strictly this year include CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual, soap star Catherine Tyldesley, footballer and sports pundit Alex Scott, radio host Dev Griffin and comedian Chris Ramsey.

They’re joined by vlogger Saffron Barker as well as actor Kelvin Fletcher who replaces injured Jamie Laing.

Strictly Come Dancing 2019 will be back on TV later this month for its live shows.


The first live performance airs Saturday, September 21.

No celebs will go home in the first week but the judges will mark the routines and the scores will carry over to week 2.