Strictly Come Dancing 2022: 15 Things We Discovered About This Year’s Stars

Written by Emma Saunders
Entertainment Reporter

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It’s that time again… Autumn chills are in the air, the kids are finally back in school and sequins are frantically sewn onto dozens of adorable costumes. Carefully return!

Anton Du Beke returns to the jury but this time permanently with Bruno Tonioli officially taking over the reins.

Despite being a bundle of energy, the Italian has clearly decided that jet lag from pounding back and forth between Los Angeles (where he filmed Dancing With the Stars) and London is too much for him.

Anton will be joined again by Chief Justice Shirley Palace as well as Mutsy Mabuse and bewitching Craig Revell Horwood.

The launch was offered on Friday, after it was delayed due to the Queen’s death earlier in the month. To whet your appetite, here’s what famous runners revealed as they started their workouts.

1. Kim Marsh had to borrow some underwear on the first day of training

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The actress’s husband was supposed to drop her bag to the hotel, but he was late and she completed her first sweaty dance session ahead of schedule.

“I didn’t have any clothes on, I don’t change my underwear, nothing!” she says. “Good [Adams] Got something for me to borrow, and Deliveroo. “

Having faced Nasty Nigel on Popstars that day, Kim can’t worry about Craig, sure?

“Nothing could be worse than that, being called fat on TV. How beautiful! But I think so. [Craig] It would be awful,” she jokes.

2. Matt Goss could go full as John Travolta or James Bond. or both.

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The singer says that rigorous training is completely different from preparing for performances as a solo artist.

“The biggest obstacle… is not telling us that [as solo performers] You gotta put your foot there, leave it there. It should move this way. You must do that.’ The reason we don’t want proper jobs is because we don’t like being told what to do on stage. And when you do it for a long time, it is difficult to break the habit. So you are trying to move in a certain way [in training] But you are very strict with this choreography.”

Matt returned home to the UK after 11 years as a senior member of Las Vegas, but says he “wasn’t happy in the end. I felt disconnected.”

“I made a decision after the success of my last recording, I’m going back to the UK. I called neatly and thought, if I don’t do this I’ll just go back to my comfort zone from work,” says the former Bros star, who says the first person he told was his twin brother Luke.

And he adds, “I want to go to the disco, stay alive! And I want to do James Bond.” Strictly, you’re done!

3. Hamza Yassin took Lycra advice from Reverend Richard Coles

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Wildlife presenter and camera operator made a documentary with the Man of the Cloth, who co-starred in Strictly in 2017.

“He’s an amazing guy,” Hamza says. “He said, ‘Enjoy every moment. If you don’t usually wear Lycra – and they will ask you to wear Lycra – do it, because you will look sexy in it!”

Hamza says that being on the show is already a win.

“I am severely dyslexic. So to know that someone with such severe dyslexia like me has been successfully shown on TV is amazing.”

4. Could Brad Pitt appear privately to Ellie Taylor?

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The A-list movie star is a fan of The Great Pottery Showdown, co-hosted by comedian and actress Ellie. Are you hoping to receive a video message from the man himself?

She laughs, “I’m sure Brad Pitt will go into my DMs and say ‘I loved you! “.

Elle adds that after she did a sassy infographic on The Mash Report, it seems surreal that she now appears in reality.

“You enter the ballroom and think, ‘Oh my God, I’m here and it’s Shirley Palace! “

“It’s crazy. I feel like you just jumped on TV.”

5. Jayde Adams wants Bristol’s answer to Bette Midler

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The Alma Extraordinary star has no qualms about being rejected as a new act because it’s a comedian.

“Well, I hope I am! I sing, I dance, I act, I do funny things. I’ve always wanted to be a bit of a Bristolan Bette Midler.”

Jayde will be partnering with a woman in this series and is looking forward to the experience.

“When do you have partnerships where you have a plus-size man? [with a female professional]It’s easy for him because he can always lift a girl, but when that’s the case, you have that flaw. The [professional] Guys are cool that they are not rugby players. So I thought I would be able to take part in all the acrobatics.”

About who will lead and who will follow, she says, “I think we might confuse it a bit.”

6. Richie Anderson Has a Strictly Special Cocktail

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The Radio 2 travel presenter will miss a big, tough tradition this year.

“Every year I have a big cocktail party in my house for launch night,” he explains. “So my mom is angry [that there won’t be one this year]! I’m making a Charleston cocktail, it’s like a black currant drink. I’ll give you the recipe! “

Super fan dances with his male partner.

“There was no thought [choosing to dance with a same sex partner]. I wish as a gay teen… I could turn on primetime TV on a Saturday night and see two guys dancing together.”

7. Elle Symonds wants to prove that dancing is for everyone

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The Paralympic swimming star was finding her feet on set and backstage.

“with [having] A dwarf, I was only able to come down to the studio to make sure things could work for me, even if it was something as simple as giving me low bars so I could get dressed. We get psychological support and psychological support as well.

She says she and she [yet to be announced] The partner will learn to dance together.

“He’s never danced with anyone with dwarfism before. And I’ve never danced before in my life. We’ll just… adapt. As if I had to hold it differently, I’d hold it differently… But I think if I could do it …People watching from home can realize that they can adapt. Dance for everyone.”

8. Will Mellor Could Be Craig’s Special Dancer

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The actor was chosen by the judge during an interview on BBC’s The One Show last month, in which Craig said of Will: “I think he has a real charm in him and I think he’ll be able to bring that to the dance floor.”

He will jokingly refer to Tina Turner’s famous track: “I’ve been Craig’s private dancer for many years, I’ve been his dancer for money.”

Before it was “restricted,” Will tells us that the most outrageous outfit he’s been wearing (so far) was one for his “Mamma Mia makeover on ITV…and he’s wearing knee-high boots. I watched it then and thought: ‘Maybe” This was a mistake! “

9. Tony Adams looks forward to displaying his silky skills

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The former Arsenal and England captain has no illusions about the challenge ahead.

“This isn’t the football field. It’s a little different! I’m a little on my toes. The only thing in common is a trailing leg!”

Several former professional footballers have participated in the show previously, including Peter Schmeichel, Peter Shelton and Robbie Savage.

“They all said don’t do that, don’t be stupid,” Tony joked.

“I’m at a point in my life where I can do anything. I’m addiction free, I haven’t used alcohol or drugs in 26 years, and I can just go through with it.”

10. Molly Rainford thinks she can handle Craig after Simon Cowell

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CBBC star and singer Molly first found fame on the British talent show ITV as a child, reaching the finals 10 years ago. But she is more anxious this time.

“When I was 11, I don’t think I knew what I was going to get into,” she says. “While I’m kind of doing now. I’m definitely a little bit more nervous than I was when I was little.

“Because I have Simon [Cowell as a judge]Am I afraid of Craig? I know Simon had a little soft side and he was really a big bear in the end. So hopefully Craig will be the same! “

11. The Floor East would be “giving in to the sequins”

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The singer and broadcaster are friends with AJ Odudu, who starred in Strictly last year.

She just said, ‘Give in to the sequins! This will be very difficult but the best thing you will ever do. “

“I would love to dance to my own music, that would be cool. My mother and I grew up from Ghana on Highlife and Afrobeats. It would be really fun to do something like that.”

Fleur is already nervous – she was two hours late on the breakfast radio show after the first day of filming.

“I’m sorry I let you down but I was shivering and shivering until the early hours and that got me out!” She told her listeners on the event radio. You’ll get used to it, Fleur.

12. Tyler West is a bit afraid of elevators

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“I was nervous about lifts because even though I go to the gym and … feel physically strong, this is completely different,” he says. “do it [a lift] After a full minute running around the dance floor mad! “

He says he is excited for people to know him.

“It gives you a chance to present what we really are. And I feel as if I was a kid watching a show like Strictly with my family [could] Say, “Wait, I look like them or I look like I have dreadlocks or something,” that’s the motive. The representation is there.

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James Bay, who plays Martin Fowler in EastEnders, says he feels no pressure after teammate Rose Ayling-Ellis took a stinging win last year.

“I’m not a very competitive person. As long as I beat Rose, I’m not upset!” Laugh.

James is one of a long line of EastEnders reps to get involved, so who would like to see him, too?

“I’d love for Lacey (Turner) to do it. I don’t know if she would, but I think she’d be great. Or Steve McFadden. I think Phil Mitchell with sequins would be the best!”

14. Helen Skelton enjoys being able to talk a lot

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“I think the nice thing about this for me is…I’m usually on my own, it’s just the nature of my job,” the former presenter told Blue Peter.

I went to Antarctica [for Sport Relief], they purposely got a voice guy who didn’t speak English because they wanted me to be on my own, like a real explorer. While that is, it’s nice to be with and around people, and to share something on a team. That’s why I talk so much! “

Her family prepares to watch Helen strut in her things later this month.

“My mother is excited, my father is excited, even my brother, and I love him as I say this, he is the most dangerous man in the world – and he is excited!”

15. Kay Adams was already wearing watches

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The Loose Women anchor was playing a spinner in Charleston.

“Why did you do this? It took six weeks [to be able to do it]! I will sign up in 2023! kidding.

Don’t worry though, Kaye had some great advice from the loose-fitting women who actually participated in the show.

“They basically told me: ‘Don’t screw it up! “

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