If there’s one TV show that viewers across the country have been anxiously looking forward to all year, it is unquestionably the third season of Succession.
Until that arrives, however, we’ve got the shiny-floor magic of Strictly Come Dancing 2021 to guide us through those chilly winter Saturday nights.
Greta Thunberg will be pleased that Bruno Tonioli isn’t planning to make his weekly transatlantic trips to appear on this year’s judging panel – he’s sitting this series out due to Covid travel restrictions.
Instead, Anton Du Beke is back again, alongside Motsi Mabuse, head judge Shirley Ballas and the gawgeous Craig Revel Horwood, darling.
We’ve been hearing from this year’s celebrity contestants and learned the following 15 things.
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1. Dan Walker has been nicknamed “Stricky-Leaks” by the other celebs.
We take our hats off to whoever came up with this outstanding reference to Wikileaks in the contestants’ WhatsApp group, after the TV presenter accidentally revealed a closely-guarded secret.
Dan Walker and Judi Love
image captionBBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker and Loose Women panellist Judi Love
“I inadvertently gave away the start date of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC Breakfast, which was a total error,” Walker recalls. “The reason I did that was I went to the post office and there are four lovely ladies in there who I always have a good chat to, and they’re Strictly obsessed.
“And they’d said, ‘Oh we’re really looking forward to Strictly starting on 18 September.’ So in my head I’m like, ‘Oh, everybody knows that’s when it starts.’ So I talked about it on BBC Breakfast. But they’d just been guessing and I didn’t realise it hadn’t actually been announced yet.”
2. Judi Love really does not Love high heels.
“How am I preparing? Sparkling water baby,” says the Loose Women panellist ahead of her dancefloor debut. “And watching a few videos. I’m very conscious of keeping my body moving, a bit of swimming now and then, and just really focusing.”
She might be one of this year’s most likeable contestants and certainly the one with the most infectious laugh, but Love doesn’t fancy her chances when it comes to rocking certain footwear during the series.
“I’m going to keep it 100% real with you, I cannot walk in heels,” she says. “I can dance in them on a Friday night with my girls and a couple of glasses of Prosecco, but in a professional capacity? [She raises an eyebrow.] Let’s see how that works.”
3. Sara Davies’s children were disappointed she wasn’t an actual Dragon.
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image captionActor Greg Wise and Dragons’ Den star Sara Davies
The entrepreneur, who joined Dragons’ Den in 2019, says she always has to work extra hard if she wants to impress her own children.
“My two boys are four and seven, and I don’t quite think they get [Strictly],” Davies explains. “I’ve shown them a little bit of the show, but when I went on Dragons’ Den they were mortally disappointed.