The wait is over! No more feeling like the over-eager neighbour who’s put their Christmas lights up at Halloween;  it’s time to get your sparkles out, because it IS officially Strictly Season!

Darcey Bussell ended weeks of speculation as she exclusively revealed the full Strictly Come Dancing 2013 line-up on The One Show.  And what a line-up it is this year! Celebrities from the worlds of pop, TV, theatre, news, radio, sport, fashion and film are all waiting on the tips of their toes to bring you some fantastic, and others more fledgling, dancing!

From the glamorous world of fashion are International Designer Julien Macdonald and Model and TV Presenter Abbey Clancy. Songstress Sophie Ellis-Bextor brings her pop star shine to the show and TV’s Hairy Biker, Dave Myers, will hopefully bring some food... foxtrots we mean...

We hope Vanessa Feltz and Susanna Reid showcase footwork as sure and steady as their BBC Broadcasting skills, while sporting legends Ben Cohen and Tony Jacklin aim to stretch themselves through an unfamiliar form of exercise – dance.

With A View to Kill…er dance moves is former Bond girl Fiona Fullerton, and from the hospital wards to the school corridors, BBC Drama stars Patrick Robinson and Mark Benton join the class of 2013. A long way from Weatherfield and Hollyoaks, soap stars Natalie Gumede and Ashley Taylor Dawson will be showing us what they’ve got.  Fresh from the Dragons’ Den, Deborah Meaden means business, while Countdown co-presenter Rachel Riley will be keeping a keen eye on the scoreboards.        

Let us know what you think of our Strictly 2013 line up.  

Watch the professional dancers as they gear up for the new series of Strictly

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  • Comment number 125. Posted by Natalia

    on 12 Sept 2013 10:56

    I'm sure someone has mentioned this already but still don't understand the reasoning as to why there is such a serious imbalance in regard to the number of attractive celebrity women v the number of attractive celebrity men! It seems the BBC has gone out of its way too choose in the majority young, slim & very pretty females yet not so for the majority of the men?! Cynics could be forgiven for thinking this is purely a ruse to attract more male viewers because they know the female viewers already make up the larger percentage of the audience...has taken a bit of sparkle out of the disco ball. I don't expect all the competitors to be gorgeous but think a level playing field would be fairer.

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  • Comment number 124. Posted by stortford rose 01

    on 9 Sept 2013 13:10

    Hi s.c.d fans,
    great launch show on saturday evening, I was surprised as some of the pairings though, poor James, he wont be in the final this year with Vannessa feltz, Im pleased that Aton du beke has a good partner this year, Im looking farward to seeing Natalie Gumede with Artem, Rachel Riley, I think Tony Jacklin will be first out to be honest, sorry to hear Natlalie Lowe will not be taking part this year, she injured her foot apparently and Aliona is taking over from her, I wish all the celebs and pros a very good s.c.d season this year, I will be on holiday when it starts but im going to record it and try and catch up on i player if i can, taking my lap top with me, not sure if i will be able to get it in the u.s.a where im going on holiday but will hope I can get it ok, take care

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  • Comment number 123. Posted by StrictlyDawnie

    on 7 Sept 2013 21:29

    My guess is Natalie Gumede to win.

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  • Comment number 122. Posted by foxydog

    on 7 Sept 2013 20:09

    Love the lineup, love the show ... Fab - u- Lous ! Good luck everyone.

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  • Comment number 121. Posted by Angela

    on 7 Sept 2013 19:40

    I will set my SKY+ and fast forward the Bruce and Tess bits

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  • Comment number 120. Posted by twoleftfeet

    on 7 Sept 2013 19:37

    Disappointed wth the strictly producers for not bringing Lacey Schwimmer over, from dancing with the stars, to be one of the three new female professional dancers. She certainly dances to the beat of her own drum and would add a bit of character to the spray tan seqinned clones that are the female pros

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  • Comment number 119. Posted by skilgannon

    on 7 Sept 2013 19:27

    Mark Benton - he won't be thrown in the "keep net"

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  • Comment number 118. Posted by Angela

    on 7 Sept 2013 19:18

    My husband is a super fan of Susanna Reid and will be voting for her. The only fly in the ointment is- I am sorry to say Bruce Forsythe, He is well past it and should be replaced next year.

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  • Comment number 117. Posted by cumonanton

    on 7 Sept 2013 19:10

    Bye for now - until next time keeeeeeep dancing!

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  • Comment number 116. Posted by mumofFi

    on 7 Sept 2013 19:08

    See you all next time.

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