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JamesWorldNews8,123 posts since 22 Aug 2004
STV Central BBC World News
The Mail Online have, somewhat spitefully, revealed the lineup in greater detail, by sending their reporters and paparazzi to a rehearsal hall in London to observe the cast emerging from cars with "blacked out windows".

Quote:
Despite producers’ best efforts to keep their identities secret, Mail Online can today reveal the contestants who will be showing off their Latin and ballroom skills in the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing, which starts next weekend.

They emerged with their faces hidden behind masks featuring the face of Strictly’s veteran presenter Bruce Forsyth and their hoods pulled low – but the ruse wasn’t enough to preserve their anonymity .


It would have been, but for your reporter peering through the toilet windows. Urgh.

So that none of you have to search the Mail Online and line their pockets further, I've listed the revelations in a spoiler box below.




Jerry Hall (model and ex-wife of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger)
Michael Vaughan (England cricket captain)
Dani Harmer (Tracy Beaker actor)
Denise Van Outen (former Big Breakfast host)
Kimberley Walsh (Girls Aloud singer)
Victoria Pendleton (Olympic cyclist)
Louis Smith (Olympic gymnast)
Fern Britton (former This Morning host)
Nicky Byrne (Westlife singer)
Lisa Riley (former Emmerdale actor)
Richard Arnold (Daybreak showbiz editor)
Sid Owen (former EastEnders actor)
Johnny Ball (former children’s television presenter)
and...
a mystery 14th contestant, who arrived wearing a Team GB hoodie. It is understood that he is not an Olympic athlete.



Oh wow! There's one contestant in particular who I'm very eager to see. Any guesses which one? LOL.
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Cando1,440 posts since 8 Mar 2012
London London
If the BBC really wanted to hide the identifies of the contestants, why would they provide them with Forsyte masks? Both papers tell their readers when the show starts, it is the perfect pre-publicity for the programme and a cheap way to fill a page in a newspaper.


How are you going to keep a group rehersal secret with 14 celebrities and their publicity hungry agents involved?Last year the photographers got the photos as well (Holly Valance, Jason Donovan and Alex Jones were snapped). They were obviously expecting them again this year and provided them with masks to keep some of the mystery.

I don't know but a dance studio in the same city as most tabloid newspapers/photographers are based would seem like a good choice if you wanted to maximise publicity. Alternatively, not there, if you wanted to keep it a secret.


Shocked What do you expect all those people travel to Liverpool to do a one off rehersal? Do you think photographers can't travel? What a nonsense post.
SWatson7379 posts since 28 Mar 2012
How are you going to keep a group rehersal secret with 14 celebrities and their publicity hungry agents involved?Last year the photographers got the photos as well (Holly Valance, Jason Donovan and Alex Jones were snapped). They were obviously expecting them again this year and provided them with masks to keep some of the mystery.


At least they did a better job than Channel 5.

Critique3,185 posts since 9 Aug 2009
Anglia (East) Look East
So, tonight, Strictly is back, and they've made more of a fuss this year. The pre-titles sequence was outside TVC, and it looked very nice, and good to see some use of it! And there certainly was more of a big deal made, and it was actually really good! And the celebrities seem better than usual, too.

Apparently it's also the tenth series. And they have Darcy Bussel instead of Alesha Dixon. The studio looks a bit better, too.
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VMPhil9,825 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
Yes great first performance and great use of TVC, is this going to be the last or penultimate time they can do that?

Also tonight marks the debut of the new theme tune with added vocals.

Or it would have been, if not for the negative reaction from the sneak preview YouTube video, which not only meant that it soon became "for one night only!", but has also seemingly meant that they have drowned the vocals out quite a bit during tonight's performance, so I doubt many people actually noticed or cared!
SWatson7379 posts since 28 Mar 2012
They should have just left the theme tune. After two or three weeks noone would have cared and noone will have remembered what the 'old' one was like anyway. People just don't like change.

Not a bad show so far, but can't help but think the whole 'who is your partner' bit is pointless because they've been training with them already, as seen with the VTs!
DVB Cornwall8,459 posts since 4 Dec 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
Interesting conundrum tonight, Marks and Spencer are running a promotion based on the programme for users of the Zeebox social media app. Cunning or devious it's difficult to decide. Using the content of a BBC programme in an advertising campaign seems to stretch a number of issues, which perhaps need formal consideration.
aconnell2,819 posts since 17 Jan 2005
Granada North West Today
I get the impression that the 'new theme tune' is just for tonight, because it was also the same song the dancers were dancing to. There weren't any titles, so I thin the vocals were merely used to tie in with the routine. I doubt it will be used after tonight.
VMPhil9,825 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
I get the impression that the 'new theme tune' is just for tonight, because it was also the same song the dancers were dancing to. There weren't any titles, so I thin the vocals were merely used to tie in with the routine. I doubt it will be used after tonight.


It is just for tonight, although when the video was originally posted I don't think it was.

The description on the BBC.co.uk video says "for one night only", but I'm sure this was added later.
noggin14,544 posts since 26 Jun 2001
Yes great first performance and great use of TVC, is this going to be the last or penultimate time they can do that?

Slightly confused.

They may be away for a year or two during the TVC redevelopment - but BBC Studios and BBC Worldwide are the new tenants of TVC when it re-opens. So assuming Strictly is on-air in a year or three - then it's likely they'll be back. (And at Elstree Film studios - where BBC Studios have a temporary base - or possibly Media City in Salford (though I doubt it) - in the interim)
VMPhil9,825 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
Yes great first performance and great use of TVC, is this going to be the last or penultimate time they can do that?

Slightly confused.

They may be away for a year or two during the TVC redevelopment - but BBC Studios and BBC Worldwide are the new tenants of TVC when it re-opens. So assuming Strictly is on-air in a year or three - then it's likely they'll be back. (And at Elstree Film studios - where BBC Studios have a temporary base - or possibly Media City in Salford (though I doubt it) - in the interim)


Embarassed D'oh! I knew that as well. Sorry! Tweets from other people must have thrown me off.