This year's Strictly Come Dancing couples were revealed on Friday night's launch show on BBC One.

Five-time Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds will dance with Nikita Kuzmin.

Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Kuzmin
Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Kuzmin

Speaking to host Tess Daly, Simmonds said of representing people with dwarfism on Strictly: "It means everything, to represent not just dwarfism but disability in general, for me to go out of my comfort zone and do something that I've never done before.

"Dancing is for all. Yes, I'm going to have to adapt. I'm going to have to see what it's like, but to be out there every Saturday night dancing... I'm so, so proud."

Kiss FM DJ Tyler West will dance with Dianne Buswell.

Tyler West and Dianne Buswell
Tyler West and Dianne Buswell

Speaking to host Claudia Winkleman, West revealed he is not only doing Strictly, but also planning to run the London marathon.

When asked whether his mum, a huge Strictly fan, was pleased with who he would be partnered with, he answered: "Oh absolutely! I don't actually think she's come here tonight to see me; she's come to see her!"

Actress and TV presenter Kym Marsh will dance with Graziano Di Prima.

Graziano Di Prima and Kym Marsh
Graziano Di Prima and Kym Marsh

Their pairing was unveiled on the set of Marsh's BBC One show, Morning Live.

The Hear'Say singer and Corrie favourite told host Winkleman of finding out who her partner was: "My stomach was churning, but I was delighted."

Actor Will Mellor will dance with Nancy Xu.

Nancy Xu and Will Mellor
Nancy Xu and Will Mellor

After they were paired, Mellor said: "We match well... I'm like an excitable puppy and so's she!"

Mellor also revealed he has an unexpected connection to Strictly judge Anton Du Beke: "I've seen Anton about because he lives near the same village as me. I saw him at the tip!"

Blue Peter and Countryfile star Helen Skelton will dance with Gorka Márquez.

Helen Skelton and Gorka Márquez
Helen Skelton and Gorka Márquez

When asked how she felt about facing judge Craig Revel Horwood, Skelton replied: "I've got three little kids so I don't think there's any tantrum you can throw at me that I haven't seen."

When asked what was important for her in a dance partner, she said: "They need to be fun, patient, they probably need to be good with dogs and kids and understand a Northern accent!"

EastEnders star James Bye will dance with Amy Dowden.

James Bye and Amy Dowden
James Bye and Amy Dowden

After their pairing was revealed, Bye said: "I'm so relieved and I couldn't be happier. I feel like the winner already!"

Former X Factor star and radio presenter Fleur East will dance with Vito Coppola.

Fleur East and Vito Coppola
Fleur East and Vito Coppola

When asked how she will manage doing her breakfast radio show and Strictly, East replied: "I've got six alarms that I set because I snooze all of them. I'll be up at 4:30am waking everyone up and then dancing at night!"

When asked what kind of a teacher he is, Coppola said: "Behind this smile, I'm very tough, but I'm sure that she's going to be alright because she's a hard worker too!"

Wildlife expert and presenter Hamza Yassin will dance with Jowita Przystal.

Jowita Przystal and Hamza Yassin
Jowita Przystal and Hamza Yassin

Yassin revealed that top of his Strictly wish list is to get a 10 score from Horwood.

His dance partner Przystal said: "He is just fearless, I can see that, which is very helpful for me! He's strong and he's also patient, that's really important. So I just cannot wait to go and start rehearsals!"

Bros singer Matt Goss has been partnered with Nadiya Bychkova.

Matt Goss and Nadiya Bychkova
Matt Goss and Nadiya Bychkova

Goss said: "I want to be rolled in sequins and glitter! I'm ready to put my heart and soul into this!"

Bychkova added: "I can't wait to start teaching him, and I can't wait to start dancing with him."

Ted Lasso star Ellie Taylor will dance with Johannes Radebe.

Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe
Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe

"I like showing off at things I can do - this is awful!" she laughed.

Asked about her wish list for a partner, she said: "It was Johannes, Johannes or Johannes."

CBBC's Molly Rainford has been partnered with Carlos Gu.

Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu
Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu

"I can't wait to get dancing and get learning some stuff," said the Nova Jones star. "I feel like it's going to be electric!"

However, she said she is not sure where her dad's loyalty lies with the voting. "Obviously, he's going to have to vote for me, but if it was his choice, he's a football fan, Tony Adams might get his vote."

BBC Radio 2's Richie Anderson is taking to the floor with Giovanni Pernice.

Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice
Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice

"Could you get anyone better than Mr Giovanni?" Anderson asked. "I feel like I'm the envy of the British public right now!"

Pernice added: "He's got a lot of energy. I'm very, very happy!"

Comedian Jayde Adams will dance with Karen Hauer.

Karen Hauer and Jayde Adams
Karen Hauer and Jayde Adams

After the pairing was announced, the Strictly superfan said: "Karen is Strictly!"

Hauer added: "I'm absolutely excited. I have so many ideas, too many ideas. This is going to be a golden moment for me."

Former Arsenal and England player Tony Adams will dance with Katya Jones.

Katya Jones and Tony Adams
Katya Jones and Tony Adams

Before their pairing was revealed, the football legend said he wanted someone "that's a winner".

"We're going to tackle some dancing," said Jones. "We're a team now, we'll work together."

Loose Women's Kaye Adams has been partnered with Kai Widdrington.

Kaye Adams and Kai Widdrington
Kaye Adams and Kai Widdrington

"Can I just say to Mrs Widdrington, you have done an amazing job with this guy," Adams said. "He's such a lovely man, he really is. I'm so happy to be with Kai!"

She had earlier told judge Horwood: "I'm your early Christmas present, I'm the turkey with all the trimmings!"

The show ended with a group dance. The 15 couples will be back on BBC One on Saturday at 6:45pm.

Source: Press Association

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