And finally, and unfeasibly tall DAVID has been partnered with NADIYA, who has been in this show for a couple of years but I somehow always forget about. Didn’t she dance with Davood a couple of years ago? That would explain why I might not have noticed Nadiya.
CHRIS has been partnered with KAREN, who is great at the character stuff – a good pairing, I think.
A very excitable KARIM is partnered with AMY, who looks delighted at the prospect of earning extra babysitting cash on weekdays.
JAMES is partnered with LUBA, by virtue of him being extremely tall and Luba being slightly taller than all the other women. I think James might have hips even he hasn’t discovered, and Luba is the woman to unleash them.
And finally we meet DAVID JAMES, who is a former England footballer. This is everything I know about David James – if you any other interesting facts about David James, please add them to the comment box below.
Time to meet CHRIS RAMSEY, who is a stand-up comedian. I’m not familiar with his work, but he is apparently very funny and a very nice man, and there is absolutely no reason to compare him with that other one from last year.
Next is KARIM ZEROUAL, who is a presenter on CBBC, apparently. It’s been 10 years since I last watched CBBC so I’ll have to take your word for it – I’m assuming he will be relentlessly perky, which is never a bad thing. Apparently Karim is 19 and went to Sylvia Young’s Theatre School. He also once worked on a TV show with the word ‘dance’ in the title, so he’s perfect runner-up material.
Time to pair up some men! First up is JAMES CRACKNELL, who is famous for rowing – both the Olympic kind, and *checks notes* possibly naked across the Atlantic with Ben Fogle. He also was part of the winning Cambridge team at the Boat Race earlier this year. A Samba to ‘Rock The Boat’ by Hues Corporation is crushingly inevitable.
Time to find about a bit more about Motsi – essentially she has stellar dance credentials, an incredible wardrobe and a bucket full of sass; I love her. We now get to see the pros dance with the judges – Shirley still has ALL the moves.
Bruno and Craig dancing to La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin…something. But Motsi is incredible – LOVED that.
I rather like the top half of Tess’s dress, but the bottom half looks like it’s been torn off in a horrible combine harvester incident. Why can’t she wear a whole dress?