A star studded line-up has been revealed for this year's Strictly Come Dancing including Westlife's Nicky Byrne.
Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly are putting the sparkle back into Saturday nights as the series kicks off with the Strictly Come Dancing 2012 Premiere on BBC One, this Saturday Sept 15 at 6.30pm.
Viewers will get a chance to see the stars for the first time as they strut their stuff on the dance floor in their first group routine.
The ballroom battle will then begin with the first of the live show at the start of October and - in an exciting twist for Strictly fans - the dance-off is back.
Throughout the series the couples will face the judges and this year, new judge Darcey Bussell brings her wealth of expertise, alongside Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and head judge Len Goodman.
Here’s a rundown of the contestants taking part this year.
Nicky Byrne is a singer/songwriter and one quarter of famous Irish pop band Westlife, one of the most successful bands of the 1990s and 2000s. The group sold over 45 million records worldwide, accumulated 14 number-one singles in the UK and Ireland, had 26 top ten singles over their 14 year career, performing for the last time together in June 2012.
As one fifth of the biggest girl band in the UK and Ireland, Girls Aloud, Kimberley Walsh has notched up 20 consecutive top ten singles (including four number ones), five platinum albums and sold in excess of 4.2 million albums. Most recently she has stormed the West End with a sellout performance as Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical.
Actor Sid Owen is most famous for playing EastEnders character Ricky Butcher, the loveable, hapless mechanic and long suffering husband of Bianca. He played the character on and off for nearly 25 years until his recent departure in June 2012, making him one of the most recognisable faces on UK television. Sid previously ran a restaurant in France and became a published authored in 2007 with his cookery book Life on a Plate: The Journey of an Unlikely Chef.
Lisa Riley became a household name as feisty barmaid Mandy Dingle in the ITV1 soap Emmerdale. Her popularity saw her take over from Jeremy Beadle as host of popular TV show You’ve Been Framed and go on to star in Fat Friends and Scott and Bailey. Lisa has also starred in a string of successful theatre tours including Calendar Girls and The Vagina Monologues.
Housewives favourite Richard Arnold is a firmly established journalist and presenter who became known as the cheeky showbiz reporter on GMTV. He appeared on the show for 13 years, leaving in 2010. He has hosted numerous shows since including Loose Lips, and The Planet’s Funniest Animals. In June 2012 he returned to ITV Breakfast as Showbiz Editor for Daybreak.
Queen of Essex Denise Van Outen is a star of stage and screen. After beginning her career on The Big Breakfast she has since gone on to command lead roles in the West End and Broadway as Roxie Hart in Chicago, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and starred in Legally Blonde The Musical.
Colin Salmon has found fame alongside stars such as Pierce Brosnan and Dame Judi Dench. He has starred in three Bond films as Charles Robinson; Die Another Day, Tomorrow Never Dies and The World is Not Enough alongside numerous other TV and film roles including blockbuster Resident Evil and Doctor Who. He is also an avid football supporter and once ranked in People magazine's poll of 50 Most Beautiful People in the world.
American model and actress Jerry Hall is no stranger to showbiz after becoming one of the top supermodels of the 1970s and 80s. Her celebrity status rocketed even further after gracing magazine covers such as Vogue and high profile relationships with rock royalty. She has gone on to become an actress starring in films such as Batman and on stage in The Graduate and High Society.
Johnny Ball is known to millions in Britain for popularising science and maths. With a career spanning over 40 years, he has written and presented 23 solo television series including Think Of A Number, Think Again, Johnny Ball Reveals All and presented Playschool for 17 years. Today he spends his time travelling the country giving presentations on maths and science to schools and businesses, plus he is proud dad of It Takes Two presenter Zoe Ball.
British gymnast Louis Smith is a master of his craft after winning a silver medal on the pommel horse at this year's London 2012 Olympics, narrowly missing out on the gold on execution points. He also formed part of the team that took the bronze in the men's artistic team all-around at the games this year.
Dani Harmer is best known for playing Tracy Beaker in the hit CBBC series The Story of Tracy Beaker. She played the character for over 10 years and picked up a children’s BAFTA award for Best Drama. She has most recently starred in her own series Dani’s House.
Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan was ranked one of the best cricket players in the world following the 2002/3 Ashes, in which he scored 633 runs. He was the captain of the England team when they regained the Ashes in 2005, 18 years after having last won the trophy and captained England in 51 Tests, winning 26 (a national record).
Gold medal winner Victoria Pendleton MBE is the golden girl of British cycling. After winning nine world titles, including a record six in the individual sprint competition, she also went on to win a silver and gold in the London 2012 Olympics. Victoria is the reigning World Champion for the sprint and also an Olympic, European and Commonwealth champion.
TV presenter and household name Fern Britton is no stranger to the dancefloor after she dazzled the judges in 2010 on the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special. Best known for her presenting roles on This Morning and Ready, Steady, Cook, Fern is also a published author and her autobiography remained in the top ten best sellers list for twelve weeks