Ahead of the return of Strictly Come Dancing to BBC One this weekend, the show's judges have revealed their dream dance partners.

In a Q&A session, Head Judge Shirley Ballas and colleagues Anton Du Beke, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse were asked by the BBC: "Who would be your dream celebrity to dance with and why?"

"Donny Osmond, because he won Dancing with the Stars in America, and I think it would be fabulous to be able to have a dance with Donny," replied Ballas. "Or Tom Cruise, who I taught."

(L-R) - Anton Du Beke, Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood are back for Strictly's 20th season

"The person I've always really wanted to dance with and never have is [former Strictly judge] Darcey Bussell," said Du Beke. "I thought we could have a wonderful collaboration, a fusion of styles. That's something I've always secretly dreamed of being able to do, maybe sometime in the future."

Horwood revealed: "My dream celebrity to dance with would probably be Dame Judi Dench, only because she's the most talented actor I know, she's got a great sense of humour and we'd have fun together."

"I would dance with Nelson Mandela if I could and I would have so many questions for him," concluded Mabuse. "I think because of him, we are able to realise our dreams today."

This year's 15 hopefuls

Presenter Helen Skelton, EastEnders star James Bye, singer Fleur East, Ted Lasso star Ellie Taylor, Bros singer Matt Goss, radio host Tyler West, former England footballer Tony Adams and Britain's Got Talent finalist Molly Rainford are all taking to the dancefloor for this year's Strictly.

Paralympic swimming gold medallist Ellie Simmonds, comedian and actress Jayde Adams, actors Will Mellor and Kym Marsh, Loose Women's Kaye Adams, broadcaster Richie Anderson and wildlife cameraman and presenter Hamza Yassin complete the line-up.

Strictly Come Dancing, Friday, BBC One, at 7:00pm and Saturday at 6:45pm

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