'Strictly Come Dancing' celebrity pairings revealed
Published Sep 10 2011, 19:15 BST | By Daniel Sperling
The pairings for the ninth series of Strictly Come Dancing
have been revealed.
The celebrity contestants
discovered their professional partners for the first time tonight in the ballroom competition's red carpet launch show.
Music icon Lulu's introduction to partner Brendan Cole was the most dramatic of the night, as she backed away from the Strictly
'bad boy' in mock horror before being thrown onto his shoulders and taken off stage.
Impressionist Rory Bremner, however, was clearly excited to be paired up with Erin Boag, while Nancy Dell'Olio and footballer Robbie Savage also happily welcomed their respective colleagues Anton du Beke and Ola Jordan.
Holly Valance discovered that she would be competing alongside reigning champion Artem Chigvintsev, which prompted host Bruce Forsyth
to quip: "Holly, if you feel two holes burning in the back of your head, it's Kara Tointon's eyes. So be careful! Be very, very careful."
Former MP Edwina Curry was partnered with Vincent Simone, Jason Donovan was put with Kristina Rihanoff and One Show
host Alex Jones will be working with James Jordan.
Russell Grant, Audley Harrison and Harry Judd were teamed up with Flavia Cacace, Natalie Lowe and Aliona Vilani, while Daybreak
reporter Dan Lobb, Anita Dobson and Waterloo Road
's Chelsee Healey found partners in Katya Virshilas, Robin Windsor and new dancer Pasha Kovalev respectively.
Forysth and co-presenter Tess Daly then asked the judging panel which duo they were most looking forward to seeing in action, to which Craig Revel Horwood replied: "Russell and Flavia, and actually, Lulu and Brendan... probably not on the dance floor, but I think backstage we might see some tiaras and tantrums."
The pairs will now undergo three weeks of rehearsals before making their Strictly Come Dancing
debut in shows to be broadcast on September 30 and October 1 on BBC One.> Strictly Come Dancing: Five reasons to watch the launch
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Lulu's apprehension at her new partner surprised Brendan.....