Strictly Come Dancing Odds: The lucky 15 on the glitziest show on earth
Get ready for the return of sequins and twirls as Strictly Come Dancing 2018 hits our screens in September.
Fifteen celebrities will be put through the wringer in a bid to impress the judges with their routines and we have the lowdown on all the contestants as well as their Strictly Come Dancing odds.
Actor Joseph McFadden won it last year but who will be crowned this year's champion?
The 36-year-old former Pussycat Doll was immediately installed as favourite in the Strictly Come Dancing betting when she was confirmed as the ninth contestant. The American singer and actress says dancing is one of her favourite ways to burn calories, but will the audience warm to her?
The Capital FM DJ has lots of strings to her bow with a degree from Cambridge University and a spell as a dancer before she turned her hand to presenting. The Geordie has been "having nightmares about going out in the first week" but we think she'll dazzle on the dancefloor.
Sore in parts of my body I never knew existed, but such an amazing couple of days rehearsing for @bbcstrictly 💃🏽✨ This is a bloomin dream, the celebs and pros are all so unbelievably lovely and I'm SO excited to dance with them for you! #Strictly #StrictlyComeDancing-- Vick Hope (@VickNHope) August 22, 2018
Five years after Simon Webbe joined the Strictly party, his former Blue bandmate Lee Ryan has followed suit and is one of the favourites to win the competition. Although he went to stage school he told Loose Women that he used to "run out of dance lessons".
Tozer might have an advantage over the rest of the contestants after training at dance school as a teenager before she turned professional with the Belinda King Dancers. She became a household name with nineties band Steps who sold over 25 million records and reformed seven years ago.
Keep getting butterflies today 🤪🦋🙊#strictly2018-- Faye Tozer (@Faye_Tozer) August 20, 2018
Casualty actor Venn is more likely to be found in the gym than in the ballroom, but the ex-Eastenders star is amongst the early favourites despite admitting the challenge "excites and scares" him in equal measure. Venn is already in training and his Twitter feeds says he has "lots to do".
The 57-year-old actor made his name as Cat in cult series Red Dwarf, but you may not know that he is a trained dancer. Played police officer Dwayne Myers in Death in Paradise but announced in spring that he was quitting the show after seven series. One to watch.
You may not have heard of him but the YouTube star has millions of followers on his main channel known for pranks and singing impressions. For those who love Strictly Come Dancing gossip his gran told the Mirror that he "has never been one for dancing" so it remains to be seen how the 26-year-old vlogger will fare.
The first contestant to be announced, Piper is a model, TV presenter and campaigner who survived an acid attack which left her scarred and blind in one eye. The mum of two is an inspirational figure in raising awareness about fellow victims and says the Strictly team are already "working us very hard".
The hard-hitting but down-to-earth documentary maker will undoubtedly put her heart and soul into her latest project although her Strictly Come Dancing odds to win the competition currently stand at 14/1. The former airport worker said: "I wanna get super fit, nail the routines and live my best life in all the fancy outfits."
Steadman finally won a medal at the third time of asking at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio after switching from swimming to paratriathlon. The 25-year-old from Peterborough was born without a lower right arm but will not be using a prosthetic during the show. Will be competing at the ITU World Championships in Australia between September 12-16 so could be at a disadvantage.
Couldn't be more excited to be a contestant on this years @bbcstrictly 💃🏻 The next few weeks will all be about the World Champs in Australia but then I'll be back and ready to go! #Strictly https://t.co/mR87DMAYOx-- Lauren Steadman (@LaurenSteadman) August 20, 2018
The BBC newsreader is one of the outsiders in the Strictly Come Dancing betting but having reported on the frontline in Afghanistan and Iraq she should have nerves of steel for the challenge ahead. She said: "I love dancing and am really looking forward to doing something I have never done before which is to learn how to dance."
Swann is following in the footsteps of former England cricketers Darren Gough and Mark Ramprakash, who won the third and fourth series' of Strictly Come Dancing. The 39-year-old ex-England spinner has a reputation for being a joker but is looking forward to getting back to "performing in front of crowds and cameras."
Dr Ranj Singh
If you're looking for an outsider then look no further than the TV doc who wanted to dance with a man in this year's competition but the BBC said it was not planning to introduce same-sex couples on the show. Singh is a popular presenter on This Morning and we have a suspicion he could fare well at a big price.
One half of the Trinny and Susannah combo is more used to fashion than dancefloor moves and admits she is "sick with nerves and jangling with excitement" about the prospect of appearing on the show, especially with the chance to wear some of the costumes. She said: "To have all those dresses made to measure is a dream come true."
Walsh may be used to playing for laughs as a comedian but he is deadly serious about impressing the judges and getting some high Strictly Come Dancing scores. He told the One Show: "I normally just dance in the early hours of the morning. I've never done dancing like this. It'll be fine."
Day 2. If you're allowed to do it really really showly and make loads of mistakes. Repeatedly. All the time...I think I've got this 😎🕺. pic.twitter.com/8MKjc8DzEL-- Seann Walsh (@seannwalsh) August 22, 2018