Strictly never fails to cheer us through the winter months with its gallons of fake tan imbuing our screens with a warming festive glow. The encrusted plumage of the contestants, encased in lycra and chiffon dusted in Swarovski’s finest, helps lift our sagging spirits and give us something to focus on beyond sludge coloured parkas and rocketing central heating bills which are our daily reality.
Even self-confessed tomboys such as Caroline Flack succumb completely to the Strictly sparklathon; happily encased in citrus rhinestones she swooped and swivelled her way through her final Charleston earlier this year and wowed us with her emotionally-wrought balletic showdance to Angels.
With the new contestants just announced, who do you think will be keeping us glued to our sets this year, (as firmly as the Swarovski crystals are welded to their outfits?). Which celebs will dazzle us with their dramatics a la Caroline and Pasha and infiltrate our living rooms with the infectious enthusiasm of ‘snake-hips’ Jake and Janette?
Will Helen George’s early ballet training give her the edge over uber-competitive Kirsty Galacher or will Jamelia’s dance moves gleaned from her pop-star dom help her to muscle her way onto the ballroom ahead of boxer Anthony Ogogo and six-pack toting singer Peter Andre.
We can’t wait to watch the dramas unfold and find out who’ll get a ten from Len or disgrace themselves by being a daaaaaancing disaaaaster.