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Week 1 - EXCLUSIVE Backstage Gallery - Show 1

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BBC Strictly James | 18:30 UK time, Friday, 30 September 2011

The waiting is finally over.

The Strictly machine has started again and the first show is tonight at 9pm on BBC One.

Seven couples will dance either a Waltz or a Cha Cha Cha tonight. Dancing tonight will be:

Audley Harrison and Natalie Lowe (Waltz)

Holly Valance and Artem Chigvintsev (Cha Cha Cha)

Anita Dobson and Robin Windsor (Waltz)

Robbie Savage and Ola Jordan (Cha Cha Cha)

Lulu and Brendan Cole (Cha Cha Cha)

Dan Lobb and Katya Virshilas (Waltz)

Russell Grant and Flavia Cacace (Cha Cha Cha)

Alex Jones and James Jordan were originally scheduled to dance tonight, but they will dance tomorrow instead. Holly Valance and Artem Chigvintsev will dance tonight in their place.

In the meantime, we have EXCLUSIVE dress rehearsal photos for you


Studio 1 door

Where the magic happens

dancefloor

Behold! The Strictly studio and dancefloor

Glitter ball

The glitterball is ready - are you?

Entire Strictly line-up on the floor

Everyone is in their Sunday best. I'm not too sure what Lulu and Brendan are looking at though

Dan Lobb and Katya Virshilas dancing

Dan and Katya take to the floor

Audley Harrison and Natalie Lowe dancing

Lovely form by Audley and Natalie

Holly Valance and Artem Chigvintsev in dress rehearsal

Holly Valance and Artem Chigvintsev in dress rehearsal

Lulu and Brendan Cole in dress rehearsal

It looks like Lulu and Brendan Cole are about to have a 'Dirty Dancing finale' moment

Anita Dobson and Robin Windsor are ready for their dress rehearsal

Anita Dobson and Robin Windsor are ready for their dress rehearsal

Russell Grant and Flavia Cacace

You can tell by the way he walks, he's a woman's man, he's got no time to talk - Russell Grant and Flavia Cacace

Robbie Savage and Ola Jordan

It looks like blondes - Robbie Savage and Ola Jordan - have more fun

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Very much hope that Alex and James are both well and will be able to dance on Saturday night.

  • Comment number 2.

    Mr Dropper is all ready for Ola in three pieces of string and two feathers...

  • Comment number 3.

    PLEASE pay someone to take decent photo's, with a proper camera, for the backstage gallery this year. The quality and composition of the shots are very poor and let the site down. The backstage gallery looks like it's been shot from a back alley. I don't want to see (out of focus) photo's of a door and a lighting rig. Rant over

  • Comment number 4.

    Why isn't there a list of all the couples on the Strictly 2011 website? I can't find one anywhere. Come on BBC! This is really basic information. I logged on to the site expecting to find a gallery or something of all this year's couples and 15 minutes later I'm still clicking around trying to find a list of some sort. Plenty of videos and blogs etc. but it would be nice to have the very basic information on the home page! (It does list the celebs as a group and the pro dancers as a group in the gallery section but not who's been teamed with who and as it's only Week 1 I can't remember off the top of my head yet!)

 

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