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Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Pairings revealed

6th September 2016

Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Pairings revealed
It only feels like yesterday that Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani were lifting the Glitterball trophy in triumph. But here we are, a whole ten months later getting ready for the action to start in 2016's competition with the pairings now revealed!

Saturday night saw the launch of this year's competition take place with 15 celebrities waiting to get paired up with their professional partners.

With a slight overhaul of the professional line-up this year, there were new faces waiting to be matched up for the first time in the form of Gorka Marquez, Katya Jones, Oksana Platero, Neil Jones, AJ Pritchard and Chloe Hewitt.

Departing from the show after the last series were heartthrob Gleb Savchenko, two time winner Aliona Vilani, long-term Strictly pro Ola Jordan, new mother Kristina Rihanoff and the dancer who self-admittedly just wasn't enjoying it, Tristan McManus.

Lineups revealed

So with no further delay, here are the pairings for this year's Strictly Come Dancing:

- Daisy Lowe & Aljaz Skorjanec
- Anastacia & Brendan Cole
- Claudia Fragapane & AJ Pritchard
- Danny Mac & Oti Mabuse
- Ed Balls & Katya Jones
- Greg Rutherford & Natalie Lowe
- Laura Whitmore & Giovanni Pernice
- Lesley Joseph & Anton Du Beke
- Louise Redknapp & Kevin Clifton
- Melvin Odoom & Janette Manrara
- Naga Munchetty & Pasha Kovalev
- Ore Oduba & Joanne Clifton
- Judge Rinder & Oksana Platero
- Tameka Empson & Gorka Marquez
- Will Young & Karen Clifton

What the bookies say:

With the pairings now revealed, the bookies have been having their say on whose got the best chance of lifting the Glitterball in 2016.

The unanimous favourite is singer Will Young, whose history in stage performance looks to have given him an early advantage in the competition. The bookies are pricing him as low as 3/1.

Most likely to run him close appear to be Team GB Gymnast Claudia Fragapane, BBC Sport Presenter Ore Oduba and former musician/model Louise Redknapp.

At the other end of the spectrum, the odds are less favourable to former Labour Politician Ed Balls who is as far out as 250/1 with some bookies! Birds of a Feather actress Lesley Joseph is nearly equally as unfavourable ranging from 66/1 to 100/1.

What Dance Near You says:

It's often hard to predict. Katie Derham and Kellie Bright both reached the final last year and really upset the apple cart, with neither being favoured at the start.

Taking a look at this year's pairings, there are a few that stand out to us as potential ones to watch. Last year's newcomer Giovanni Pernice had a string of passionate performances on the dancefloor with then partner Georgia May Foote. This year he's been paired with TV host Laura Whitmore and the sparks could be set to fly again.

The same could be the case with Hollyoaks hunk Danny Mac and his partner Oti Mabuse. Last year Oti was unlucky to be paired with Anthony Ogogo, who despite his best efforts wasn't really up to the task. This year Oti will be hoping to stick around for longer.

However our early contender for the Glitterball is Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton. Kevin made the final last year with Kellie Bright and put in some of the best choreography in the series. With Louise Redknapp having some dance experience in her past career as a pop star, there's a real chance that if this pair click they could be in it for the long haul!

When does it start?

The annual ballroom dance show kicks off in just a few weeks' time, with the opening show to be aired on BBC 1 at 6.50pm, Saturday 24th September!

How to find a ballroom dance class?

Does watching Strictly make you want to learn to dance yourself? Finding a ballroom dance class in the UK is easy, especially on Dance Near You where there are dance instructors and dance schools around the UK offering ballroom classes for all experience levels.

Ballroom is a very popular dance style to learn, as it covers everything from the waltz, to the cha-cha-cha and the Charleston!

To find a ballroom dancing class in your area, visit the Dance Near You homepage and search using your postcode. You can even refine your search to look specifically for ballroom dancing. Even better, many instructors are now offering you the option to book online! Just look out for the cart icon and you can secure your place in a class in no time.
Source: Dance Near You