News: Strictly Come Dancing - back for a tenth run

Friday 5 October 2012 by Sarah Kearney

BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing returns to our screens tonight for a tenth series with Darcey Bussell on the judging panel and 14 celebrities apprehensively waiting to test out their newly honed ballroom dancing skills.

Each celebrity pairs up with a professional dancer to compete in the ballroom dancing competition in which TV viewers vote for their favourites. After weeks of practice the novice dancers have just a short time to impress the judges and the public before the first couple are voted out of the competition.

After appearing as a guest judge in 2009, former Principal Dancer at the Royal Ballet Darcey Bussell CBE joins as a regular addition to the team. She will be a judge alongside long-serving members of the panel Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Len Goodman.

This year celebrity line-up for this year include Olympic medal winners Victoria Pendleton and Louis Smith, but will London 2012 have been enough preparation for what they have in store in Strictly Come Dancing 2012? Will winning on the world’s biggest competitive stage help them beat the likes of retired cricketer Michael Vaughan, model Jerry Hall, TV presenters Richard Arnold, Fern Briton and Johnny Ball in the Foxtrot, Cha Cha and American Smooth? How will actors and singers Colin Salmon, Dani Harmer, Denise Van Outen, Kimberley Walsh, Lisa Riley, Nicky Byrne and Sid Owen cope with the rigours of the dance floor?

Have a look at the contestants and judges in action here Strictly Come Dancing video clips

Tune in weekly to BBC One to follow the progress of these new dance recruits. BBC One Strictly Come Dancing programme schedule

Sir Bruce Forsyth, Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman present. With Zoe Ball returning to present Strictly’s BBC Two weekday sister show, It Takes Two.

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Sarah Crompton interviews Victoria Pendleton and her professional dance partner Brendan Cole about training and using Strictly Come Dancing as a way to get over the post-Olympics blues. Pendleton explains,
“I’ve never had a straight leg, ever. Bent legs, lunges, squats. That’s me…. everything I have tried to train out of myself, I am now trying to train back in. It is going to take time.”
Read the full article in The Telegraph, 2 Oct.12

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