Who's on Strictly Come Dancing 2012?

  • 11 September 2012
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The new series of Strictly Come Dancing 2012 starts this weekend.

Olympic stars Louis Smith and Victoria Pendleton will be strutting their stuff on the dance floor along with 12 other celebs.

Kimberley Walsh of Girls Aloud and CBBC's CBBC's Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer will also be fighting it out to be crowned mirrorball champion.

In alphabetical order, here's our guide to all 14 prancing celebrities!

Richard Arnold

Usually reporting on Strictly, the GMTV showbiz presenter will now be the one under the sparkly spotlight.

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Johnny Ball

At 74-years-old, the dad of It Takes Two presenter Zoe Ball is the eldest of the Strictly contestants.

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A famous TV personality, he helped make maths and science popular (honest!) with a string of children's shows.

Fern Britton

Your parents may remember Fern for presenting a breakfast show for ITV.

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No stranger to the Strictly style, the TV presenter took part in a Christmas special in 2010.

Nicky Byrne

Another face from the world of pop is Westlife's Nicky.

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The band, who sold more than 45 million records worldwide, called time on their group career earlier this year.

Jerry Hall

Your parents may remember her as a supermodel from the 1970s and 80s.

It's fair to say that this lady knows her glitz and glamour - she should fit in well on Strictly.

Dani Harmer

CBBC's Tracey Beaker star will swap the Dumping Ground for the dancefloor this year.

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Definitely one to watch - in March she reached the final of Let's Dance for Sport Relief!

Sid Owen

The Eastenders actor, better known as Ricky Butcher, is also representing the soap world on Strictly.

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The 40-year-old quit the London show in June after playing his character for 25 years.

Victoria Pendleton

The 31-year-old cycled her way to gold and silver medals in the London 2012 Olympics.

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The Olympian has made no secret of her desire to star on Strictly.

Lisa Riley

Another actress, you may know her as Emmerdale's Mandy Dingle, or from presenting funny show You've Been Framed.

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Colin Salmon

Another actor, 49-year-old Colin has appeared in James Bond films along side Pierce Brosnan.

Louis Smith

This 23-year-old gymnast is no stranger to glory.

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He has just won a silver medal in the pommel horse event in the London 2012 Olympics.

Denise Van Outen

The Any Dream Will Do presenter is also a hot favourite to clinch the glitterball.

Denise went to stage school and has wowed the West End with her performances in Chicago and Legally Blonde: The Musical.

Michael Vaughan

This sportsman used to captain the England cricket team.

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Cricketers have a good record on Strictly, with Mark Ramprakash and Darren Gough both winning in previous years.

Kimberley Walsh

This pop princess is better known for her vocal skills in girl band Girls Aloud.

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Bandmate Cheryl Cole says that Kimberly is a "perfectionist" and is worried she will be too self-critical.

Apart from the 14 contestants there's another new face this year - new judge Darcey Bussell.

The former ballerina, who replaces Alesha Dixon, is going to perform a rumba in the opening show!

There are more surprises to come on Saturday night, when the professional partners are revealed.