Top Celebrities for Strictly’s New Season

Judge’s Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and new judge Darcey Bussell are preparing to pass judgement on the new lineup for BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing. A mixture of sports stars, actors, pop stars and TV personalities are hoping to dance their way to be crowned the best celebrity ballroom dancer.

The usual team of Sir Bruce Forsyth, Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will guide us through 2012’s celebrity dancers; while Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli will again appear as judges on both the U.K. and U.S. versions of the show. The question on the lips of U.K. viewers is who will be crowned the champion of the show won in Series 9 by McFly’s Harry Judd and his partner Aliona Vilani.

Sports stars are, as usual well represented with the addition of Olympians Victoria Pendleton and gymnast Louis Smith. Both won two medals at the London 2012 Games, with Victoria Pendleton retiring from track cycling with gold and silver medals in track cycling in London. Former England cricket captain and BBC cricket expert Michael Vaughan hopes to emulate former winners Mark Ramprakash and Darren Gough as cricketing Strictly champions.

For pure entertainment value 74 year old TV presenter and science expert Johnny Ball is sure to light up the dance floor by bringing his natural enthusiasm to the show. Fellow TV presenters Fern Britton and Richard Arnold are sure to bring a large number of fans to the show.

Stars from soap’s Emmerdale and Eastenders are represented by Lisa Riley, formerly Mandy Dingle in the Dales and Walford’s own Sid Owen. A brief pop career consisting of the single Good Thing Going also places Sid Owen in the pop stars category of contestants with Westlife’s Nicky Byrne and Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh. Star of musicals and a large number of TV shows Denise Van Outen is also hoping for victory on the Strictly dance floor.

Actors confirmed as appearing in series 10 include BAFTA nominated Tracy Beaker actress Dani Harmer and James Bond actor Colin Salmon. The always glamourous Texan model Jerry Hall, star of the 1980s Michael Keaton version of Batman rounds out the cast for 2012.

Early favourites for the 2012 series are Denise Van Outen, Kimberley Walsh and Nicky Byrne because of their backgrounds in live performance and dance. Outsiders with a chance of victory include the super fit Victoria Pendleton and Louis Walsh; even before the show begins age seems to be counting against victory for the over 50s of Fern Britton, Jerry Hall and Johnny Ball.

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