Partnerships for Come dance strictly 2022 have been revealed.
The reality competition series returned to our screens on Friday evening (September 23), with a launch show during which celebrities learned which professional dancers they would be paired with.
The celebrities also performed together in a group act.
The first one Strictly The live show will take place on Saturday, September 24, with all 15 couples on the dance floor for their first routines.
meet your Come dance strictly pair below…
Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Kuzmin
Paralympic medalist Ellie Simmonds will dance with Nikita Kuzmin. You can find out more about her here.
Kuzman made his Strictly his debut in 2021, when partnered with Tilly Ramsay.
Asked by Tess Daley what it meant to represent people with dwarfism on Strictly, Simmonds said: “It means everything, representing not just dwarfism but disability in general, for me to step out of my comfort zone and do something I’ve never done before.
“Dancing is for everyone, yes, I’m going to have to adapt, I’m going to have to see what it’s like, but to be there every Saturday night dancing…I’m so proud.”
Tyler West and Dianne Buswell
Tyler West began his career presenting on CBBC before moving to Kiss FM, where he presents weekday afternoons. You can find out more about him here.
His partner Dianne Buswell is an Australian dancer who joined the show in 2018. She reached the final with Joe Sugg in 2018 but was forced to withdraw from competition early last year due to the state of health of his partner Robert Webb.
“I don’t really think she came here tonight to see me – she came to see her!” he joked.
Kym Marsh and Graziano DiPrima
Coronation Street star and morning live Presenter Kym Marsh rose to fame as a member of Hear’Say. You can find out more about her here.
Graziano Di Prima competed on Strictly twice since joining the show in 2018.
Enchanted by her professional partner, Marsh admitted, “My stomach was turning, but I was thrilled!”
Will Mellor and Nancy Xu
Two pints of lager and a packet of crisps actor Will Mellor will compete with Nancy Xu. You can read more about Mellow here.
Xu first competed for the Glitterball Trophy last year when she was partnered with Rhys Stephenson. They were eliminated in the semi-finals.
Mellor said he felt he and Xu were already a perfect pair, joking, “We get along great…I’m like an excitable puppy and so is she.”
Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez
Ancient blue stone presenter Helen Skelton will compete on Strictly 2022 with Gorka Marquez. You can read more about Skelton here.
Spanish dancer Marquez has been on the show since 2016, reaching the final twice in 2017 and 2020 with Alexandra Burke and Maisie Smith respectively.
Explaining what she was looking for in a partner, Skelton said they “must be fun, patient, probably good with dogs and kids and understand a Northern accent.”
James Bye and Amy Dowden
EastEnders Star James Bye has played Martin Fowler on the BBC soap opera since 2014. You can read more about him here.
He will dance with Welsh pro Amy Dowden, who reached the final in 2019 with Karim Zeroual.
Bye admitted that, having no dance experience, “stepping into the unknown is what’s scary” about Strictly.
However, after being paired with Dowden, he said, “I’m so relieved and couldn’t be happier, I feel like the winner already!”
Fleur East and Vito Coppola
Scheduled to be one of the favorites on the new series, “Sax” singer Fleur East is best known for reaching the final of The X factor in 2014. You can read more about her here.
She competes on the show with Italian dancer Vito Coppola, who is one of the new pros to join the cast of Strictly in 2022.
When asked how he was going to be with teaching from the East, Coppola said that “behind that smile I’m very tough but I’m sure she’ll be fine because she’s also a hard worker. “.
Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal
Born in Sudan but raised in Scotland, wildlife presenter Hamza Yassin is best known for his work in BBC wildlife programming. You can find out more about him here.
Polish pro Jowita Przystal joined Strictly last year, but this is her first real series with a celebrity partner. She did, however, take part in the 2021 Christmas special with Adrian Chiles.
Speaking of Yassin, Przystal said: “He’s just fearless, I can see that which is very helpful to me. He’s strong and he’s also patient, that’s really important. I just can’t wait to go. start rehearsals.
Matt Goss and Nadiya Bychkova
Bros frontman Matt Goss is no stranger to the Strictly dance floor, having participated in the Christmas special in 2013. You can read more about him here.
Her partner, Nadiya Bychkova, competed on Strictly since 2017.
Claiming he was ready to be “strictified”, AKA “rolled in glitter and glitter”, Goss told Bychkova, “I’m ready to put my heart and soul into it.”
Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe
Comedian and actress Ellie Taylor is best known for her work on talk shows, including The Mash Report and his recent role in Ted Lasso. You can find out more about her here.
Radebe hopes to repeat the success of the last series of Strictlyafter reaching the final with The Great British Bake Off starring John Whaite.
Asked which partner she was secretly hoping for, Taylor replied, “It was Johannes, Johannes or Johannes.”
Radebe said: “I’m so thrilled to be associated with Ellie, meeting her has been joyful and seeing her excited about the upcoming season makes me excited!”
Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu
Molly Rainford is an actress and singer, best known for playing the lead role in the CBBC science fiction series Nova Jones. You can find out more about her here.
She will be coupled with the new professional dancer Carlos Gu.
Rainford joked that while his family would be thrilled with the partnership, his father’s loyalty might be to another contestant.
“Obviously he’ll have to vote for me, but if it was his choice, he’s a football fan, Tony Adams could get his vote,” she said.
Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice
Presenter Richie Anderson is best known to Radio 2 listeners as the voice of weekday travel. You can find out more about him here.
Prevailing Strictly champion Giovanni Pernice will show him the ropes, having won the show in 2021 with Rose Ayling-Ellis.
“Could you find someone better than Mr. Giovanni?” I feel like I’m the envy of the British public right now. Anderson said of his partnership.
“He’s got a lot of energy, I’m very, very happy,” echoed Pernice.
Jayde Adams and Karen Hauer
Jayde Adams is a comedian, best known for Alma is not normal and his special live Serious black sweater. You can find out more about her here.
Adams will dance in the series’ second same-sex partnership with Karen Hauer. Hauer competed on Strictly since round 10 in 2012, reaching the final once with Mark Wright.
Delighted with her pairing, Adams said, “Karen is Strictly.”
Hauer, meanwhile, said: “I’m absolutely excited, I have so many ideas, too many ideas, this is going to be a golden moment for me.”
Tony Adams and Katya Jones
Former footballer Tony Adams spent the 19 years of his playing career at Arsenal before managing teams such as Portsmouth and Wycombe Wanderers. You can find out more about him here.
His partner, Katya Jones, appeared on Strictly for six series and was on the show’s first gay couple with Nicola Adams.
Jones told Adams, “We’re going to tackle the dance, we’re a team now, we’re going to work together.”
Kaye Adams and Kai Widdrington
The last of the three competing Adams, Kaye is a television presenter and regular panelist on loose women. You can find out more about her here.
His partner Kai Widdrington reached the Strictly final in 2021, his first year on the show, with AJ Odudu
Enthused by her professional partner, Adams said: ‘Can I just say to Ms Widdrington, you’ve done an amazing job with this guy. He’s a lovely man, really. I’m so happy to be with Kai.
Come dance strictly continues Saturday September 24 at 6.45pm on BBC One.