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Strictly Come Dancing series eight – the men

Goldie

Goldie


Bad boy Goldie has turned into TV's golden boy with a proven track record of rising to a challenge. This cool DJ is never hotter than when out of his comfort zone.

What dance are you looking forward to the most?
The Salsa. It's so vibrant and Latin American – a perfect opportunity to release all my energy!

What are you looking for in a professional dancer?
Good guidance and leadership.

What is giving you butterflies the most?
Being able to remember the dance routines – I have a vast mountain to climb!


Gavin Henson

Gavin Henson


Rugby players have a proven track record on Strictly Come Dancing and this international fittie is at the peak of is career. He might be a bit of a lad, but he's no stranger to a ballroom tan.

What dance are you looking forward to the most?
Quickstep, because I've got quick feet in rugby so it should be easy for me!

What are you looking for in a professional dancer?
Patience and a happy fun person.

What is giving you butterflies the most?
Getting aroused when I'm dancing close to my dance partner!


Peter Shilton

Peter Shilton


Renowned for one of the most famous footballing moments in history, he is still match fit and ready to give the young 'uns a run for their money.

What dance are you looking forward to the most?
The Latin looks, from previous years, exciting and a challenge.

What are you looking for in a professional dancer?
Style and personality.

What is giving you butterflies the most?
The first show – it's the unknown what my own capabilities will be.


Jimi Mistry

Jimi Mistry


He's just that – a mystery. A man of many parts, Jimi has starred in movies such as East Is East, The Guru and Blood Diamond as well as regularly DJing across Europe. We wanted to find out a bit more about the man behind the A-list roles.

What dance are you looking forward to the most?
I think I'm most looking forward to the Latin-inspired dances – the Samba, Salsa and maybe the Cha-cha-cha – dances that you can express yourself to... well, try to anyway!

What are you looking for in a professional dancer?
A good teacher, a friend and someone who can inspire me to do something that I never thought I'd be doing in a million years.

What is giving you butterflies the most?
Dancing live on TV in a sparkly, sequined shirt... what else?


Paul Daniels

Paul Daniels


He's a 72-year-old national treasure and the consummate performer. When it comes to ballroom we hope he'll be more magic than tragic.

What dance are you looking forward to the most?
As I don't dance at all and have no knowledge of any of the dances I can't really answer this question. I am looking forward to learning as many of them as I can.

What are you looking for in a professional dancer?
I have always admired professionals in any walk of life. Should that be dance of life in this case? I do feel sorry for whoever gets lumbered with me because they are really going to have their work cut out. I guess they shouldn't be very tall!

What is giving you butterflies the most?
Ah... this is one area in which I will reign supreme. I don't get nervous. I did, once, a long time ago, but I have developed a technique that removes nerves and makes my life into fun. This programme, I believe, above all else should be fun and I look forward to having a good time.


Scott Maslen

Scott Maslen


Best known for his role as Jack Branning in EastEnders, Scott has a huge fanbase and has been voted soap's sexiest male. A heartthrob, we think he'll be a favourite with the ladies.

What dance are you looking forward to the most?
I don't have a particular dance that I am looking forward to but I am looking forward to cutting a rug across the dancefloor. I'm hoping I can incorporate some of my favourite routines like the worm dance as well as some crazy legs. I forgot to ask, will lino be supplied or will I have to bring my own?

What are you looking for in a professional dancer?
I'm hoping they will have some coordination, enough for the both of us. Also, someone that can supply me with some rhythm tablets would help.

What is giving you butterflies the most?
Everything about it is making me nervous. I'm trying not to think about it so answering these questions is not helping.


Matt Baker

Matt Baker


As an ex-Blue Peter presenter, Matt is no stranger to a challenge. It's time for this action man to swap country walks for a Waltz – but not in his wellies we hope!

What dance are you looking forward to the most?
The Jive – it seems a bit freer and a bit more fun but, to be honest, I haven't a clue which one I'll like best!

What are you looking for in a professional dancer?
Someone that's good fun! I guess we'll be spending an awful lot of time together so someone who doesn't mind a bit of mud as they'll be coming to all my Countryfile locations with me during filming.

What is giving you butterflies the most?
The fear of forgetting my routines and imagining Bruce doing his little intros before we go on thinking: 'Oh man, this is really happening!'.

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