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Strictly Come Dancing couples for 2022 series announced

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Strictly Come Dancing fans finally found out who would be dancing with whom in the new series with the launch show airing. The launch was initially postponed following the death of Britain’s longest reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II but the show aired this evening (September 23). A total of 15 famous faces took to the dance floor for the first time as they met their dance partners.

Who are the Strictly Couple Dancing 2022 couples?

Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Kuzmin

Paralympian champion Ellie Simmonds will be dancing with Ukrainian professional Nikita Kuzmin after he joined in 2021.

Ellie told host Tess Daly: “It means everything, to represent not just dwarfism but disability in general, for me to go out of my comfort zone and do something that I’ve never done before.

“Dancing is for all, yes, I’m going to have to adapt, I’m going to have to see what it’s like, but to be out there every Saturday night dancing… I’m so so proud.”

While Nikita added: “For me, the goal for this season is for Ellie to have the best time of her life!”

Tyler West and Dianne Buswell

Second to be announced was award-winning radio presenter and Kiss FM DJ Tyler West, who will be dancing with Australian professional Dianne Buswell.

Tyler said his mother was a huge Strictly fan and was pleased he would be with, saying: “Oh absolutely! I don’t actually think she’s come here tonight to see me; she’s come to see her!”

Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima

Coronation Street star and singer Kym Marsh will be showing off her dancing skills with Graziano Di Prima who joined in 2018 as the third pairing revealed on the show.

Kym found out about her pairing while on the set of Morning Live, admitting how “my stomach was churning, but I was delighted!”.

Will Mellor and Nancy Xu

Come in as the fourth pairing is singer and actor Will Mellor, who has been partnered with Nancy Xu after she was introduced in 2019.

He revealed he had an unusual connection judge Anton Du Beke, saying: “I’ve seen Anton about because he lives near the same village as me, I saw him at the tip!”

Nancy told presenter Claudia Winkleman: “We match well… I’m like an excitable puppy and so’s she!”

Will revealed his wife has issued a warning to him before he takes to the dance floor for the first time. 

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