Strictly Come Dancing: Kate Silverton wears rollers at rehearsals

Strictly Come Dancing: Kate Silverton wears rollers as she joins a giddy Katie Piper, Ashley Roberts and Susannah Constantine at day two of rehearsals

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Kate Silverton, Katie Piper, Ashley Roberts and Susannah Constantine led the celebrity contingent at day two of the Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals on Wednesday.

The female stars of the 2018 line-up looked delighted as they followed the professional dancers into the studio to learn their group dances, ahead of the show’s launch on August 31.

Newsreader Kate Silverton, 48, sported rollers in her hair and a relaxed smile as she headed inside, clad in a chic black vest top, joggers and silver pendant necklace.


Rolling with it: Kate Silverton sported rollers in her hair as she led the celebrity contingent at day two of the Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals on Wednesday






Nearly showtime: (L-R) Katie Piper, Ashley Roberts and Susannah Constantine joined their fellow celebs at the dance studio to hone their group performances.

Her caramel flecked crop and her pretty features were enhanced with a radiant dusting of make-up.

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Presenter and motivational speaker Katie, 34, showed off her gym-honed frame in a pastel pink vest top and stylish black leggings as she prepared to take to the dancefloor once more.

Her blonde tresses were styled in a stylish half-updo and she sported a chic smoky eye for the rehearsal session.


Animated: Kate, who was the first celebrity to be announced for this year’s line-up joined her fellow dance-to-be, comedian Seann Walsh at the studio




Ballroom ready: Kate smiled as she chatted with Seann ahead of the daunting rehearsal 






Ready to dazzle: Presenter and motivational speaker Katie, 34, showed off her gym-honed frame in a pastel pink vest top and stylish black leggings as she prepared to take to the dancefloor once more


En-route glamour: Kate rocked some rollers to ensure she was looking camera ready at the rehearsals 






Back to the dance studio: Former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts, 36, brought the glamour as she slipped into a pink and green camouflage shirt, worn over a dove grey crop-top which teased at her toned abs


New pals: Style guru Susannah, 56, showcased her exercise style as she donned a maroon off-the-shoulder sweater paired with amethyst joggers and white trainers for the day (above with fellow contestant Stacey Dooley)




Dancefloor divas: Steps star Faye Tozer, 42, (L) and presenter Vick Hope, 28, were all smiles on the way to rehearsal

Former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts, 36, brought the glamour as she slipped into a pink and green camouflage shirt, worn over a dove grey crop-top which teased at her toned abs.

Completing the ensemble with monochrome trainers, she swept her tresses into a half updo and accentuated her pretty features with a light dusting of make-up. 

Style guru Susannah showcased her exercise style as she donned a maroon off-the-shoulder sweater paired with amethyst joggers and white trainers for the day.  






Here come the boys: (L-R) This Morning’s Dr Ranj Singh, actor Charles Venn and social media star Joe Sugg looked dapper for the second day of rehearsals






Talented trio: (L-R) Blue singer Lee Ryan, cricketer Graeme Swann and actor Danny-John Jules looked focused on the way into rehearsal


Pro invasion: Neil Jones, Amy Dowden and Oti Mabuse cut stylish figures as they arrived at the rehearsal








Ballroom beauties: (L-R) Nadiya Bychkova, Dianne Buswell, Oti Mabuse and last year’s champion Katya Jones looked stunning at the rehearsals


Veteran: Pro dancer Karen Clifton, who joined the show in 2012, looked radiant as she strolled in






Dashing dancers: (L-R) New pro Graziano Di Prima, Kevin Clifton and Gorka Marquez rocked up at rehearsal 

Her highlighted tresses were styled in bouncy waves and she accessorised with a snakeskin effect handbag. 

EastEnders star Charles Venn  and Susannah were the final stars to be named as part of the Strictly Come Dancing line-up, joining celebrities Katie, Piper, Ashley Roberts, Lee Ryan, Faye Tozer, Danny-John Jules, Seann Walsh, Joe Sugg, Stacey Dooley, Graeme Swann, Dr Ranj Singh, Vick Hope and Lauren Steadman.

Katie was confirmed as the first celebrity to join this year’s Strictly and revealed her hopes of taking to the dance floor with handsome hunk, Giovanni Pernice. 


Happy couple: Married pro dancers Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara held hands en-route to rehearsal 




Healthy start: Pro Pasha Kovalev cycled into the rehearsal clad in shorts 




Handsome: Pro Anton Du Beke (L) and Neil Jones donned navy and cream ensembles for the rehearsal 

Tragedy hitmaker Faye, 42, appeared relieved to finally lift the lid on the news as she admitted she was forced to lie to friends and family, while the Red Dwarf actor, 57, confessed he was ‘nervous’ about the upcoming stint.   

YouTube star Joe Sugg, 26, was the fourth celebrity set to join, and is also the brother of internet superstar Zoella.

Announcing the news, Strictly’s Twitter account put out a post which read: ‘He’s swapping the Sugg life for the #Strictly life, and YouTube for dancing shoes… Welcome Joe Sugg to our 2018 line-up!’    

England cricket star Graeme Swann said he is looking forward to performing in front of an audience again, saying he hopes the pressure will remind of being on the field at the height of an Ashes series. 

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    Reunited: Show hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman looked delighted to be reunited at the rehearsal


    New pros: Tess posed up a storm with new pro dancers Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima






    Tired: Dr Ranj, Charles and Lee pulled exasperated faces as the energetic rehearsal got underway

    This Morning’s Dr Ranj Singh was confirmed as the seventh star to join the line-up and announced the news during the end of Thursday’s episode of the hit ITV chat show in a dramatic reveal – after giving medical advice earlier on.

    After teasing viewers throughout the episode, presenters Ruth Langsford – who competed on the 2017 series, and Eamonn Holmes, finally revealed that their fellow co-star Dr Ranj would be competing in the 2018 series – as he spun around in a silver ‘glitter ball’ style chair.  

    Stacey Dooley was confirmed as the eighth star to join this year’s Strictly Come Dancing lineup, with the 31-year-old TV presenter gushing that she couldn’t wait to ‘become a dancing genius.’

    Stacey has been the presenter of numerous investigative documentaries for the BBC, and was awarded in MBE earlier this year for services to broadcasting.


    Quartet: Charles posed up with new pro Luba Mushtuk as well as returning dancers 

    Pussycat Dolls star Ashley Roberts, 36, defended her signing to Strictly after backlash from fans over her professional dance background.   

    Appearing on Chris Evans’ Radio 2 breakfast show hours after the signing, Ashley hit back at the criticism, saying: ‘The Latin and Ballroom world is foreign to me.’

    Before her defensive response, users swarmed Twitter to pen: ‘That’s not fair – she is a trained professional dancer!!! I like her loads but totally in fair to the other contestants!…  

    ‘Wasn’t she a judge on another dancing show???… I don’t agree with this one she’s a trained dancer!… I don’t agree with this one she’s a trained dancer!’ 

    Kate Silverton and Seann Walsh became the tenth and eleventh stars to join the lineup and were announced during Friday’s edition of The One Show. 


    New pals: Susannah and Graeme puckered up as they made friends at the rehearsal


    Pals: Charles and Danny-John looked worn out after the fun rehearsal 


    Yay! New pro Johannes lifted Tess into the air as they celebrated the new series


    Pro invasion: The 2018 professional dancers posed up for a fun snap


    Emotion: Lee Ryan pulled a jokey emotional face as he threw himself into training 

    Seann admitted he was looking forward to taking on a new challenge, but also admitted he even surprised himself in saying yes to the show.

    The stand-up comic said: ‘It’s just something that I and no one I know would expect me to do. Everyone looks like they’re having so much fun on it. It makes me laugh every time I imagine doing it.’

    As well as touring the country with his comedy shows Seann is also a regular feature on shows such as Virtually Famous and Play To The Whistle.

    Lee Ryan was officially confirmed as a participant during Monday’s episode of ITV’s Loose Women on Monday afternoon.

    Speaking to the panel after his big reveal, Ryan revealed his nerves after being approached, but that he was excited to start training. 


    First steps: Seann Walsh looked confident as he took to the dance floor


    Fun times: Dr Ranj looked as if he was having fun at the rehearsals


    New pals: Katie was seen chatting to pros Kevin and Pasha during the rehearsal 


    Duo: Ashley and Kate looked excited ahead of their first steps 

    Lauren Steadman was the 14th star named for the line-up during The One Show on Monday.

    The Paralympic silver medallist, 25, is a double World Champion Paratriathlete and six-time European Champion, who was born missing her lower right arm.  

    The programme is set to begin later this month and the launch show will be filmed at the end of August.

    It will be the first time viewers will see the celebs dance with their professionals in a group dance. 

    This year marks the first series without professional dancer Brendan Cole since the show’s creation in 2004 and will see the addition of three sizzling new dancers. 

    Graziano Di Prima, 24, Johannes Radebe, 31, and Luba Mushtuk, 28, will take to the coveted Strictly dance floor for the first time, with each of them more than qualified for the job.

    STRICTLY COME DANCING 2018: THE FULL LINE-UP


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    Susannah Constantine 

    Age: 56

    Occupation: Fashion TV star 

    Claim to fame: Susannah dated Princess Margaret’s son, David Linley  and is known for starring in What Not To Wear with Trinny Woodall, where they lauded Spanx


    Boozy bakes: Londoner Ruby is partial to a Chambord Ganache

    Charles Venn 

    Age: 45

    Occupation: EastEnders actor 

    Claim to fame:  The handsome hunk has most famously starred as Ray Dixon in EastEnders, but has also starred in Casualty and Footballers’ Wives 


    Flamboyant or flambé? Karen is looking to ‘have some fun’

    Lauren Steadman 

    Age: 25

    Occupation: Paralympic silver medallist

    Claim to fame: British Paralympic athlete is a double World Champion Paratriathlete and six-time European Champion, who was born missing her lower right arm


    Blood, sweat and tears: Jon is a medical courier for a living

    Lee Ryan 

    Age: 35

    Occupation: Blue singer and former CBB star 

    Claim to fame:  Lee is a member of boy band Blue who sold over 14million records worldwide. He’s also starred in various pantomimes 


    Mother knows best: Imelda learned to bake from her Irish mother

    Seann Walsh 

    Age: 32

    Occupation: Comedian 

    Claim to fame:  Seann is one of the UK’s most beloved comedians, and along with touring the country is a regular on shows Virtually Famous and Play To The Whistle. 


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    Kate Silverton 

    Age: 48

    Occupation: News broadcaster

    Claim to fame: Kate has been a fixture of BBC’s news presenting team for many years. She has also hosted programmes Panorama, Big Cat Live and My Family at War


    Getting technical: Terry is a self-confessed ‘edgy’ baker

    Ashley Roberts  

    Age: 36

    Occupation:  Former Pussycat Dolls singer

    Claim to fame:  Ashley soared to fame in the modern Burlesque group and dance troupe Pussycat Dolls. She left the group in 2010 and became a judge on Dancing On Ice


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    Dr Ranj Singh 

    Age: 38

    Occupation: This Morning’s resident doctor 

    Claim to fame:  Dr Ranj has garnered fame from his presenting on CBeebies’ shows Get Well Soon and Bedtime Stories, as well as being a regular on ITV’s This Morning 


    Man of science: Rahul has an East-meets-West flair for baking

     Vick Hope 

    Age:28

    Occupation: DJ 

    Claim to fame: Vick has garnered fame in her turn as a DJ on Capital FM opposite Roman Kemp on the weekday breakfast show from 6AM


    Danny John-Jules 

    Age: 57

    Occupation: Actor

    Claim to fame: Danny has played Cat in the sci-fi cult series Red Dwarf since 1988. He also played hero Lenny Bicknall in the CBBC spy series M.I. High.


    Katie Piper 

    Age: 34

    Occupation: TV star

    Claim to fame: Katie rose to prominence after she was the victim of a horrific acid attack in 2008. She went onto front the documentary Katie: My Beautiful Face as well as several other series. 


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    Stacey Dooley 

    Age: 31

    Occupation: Documentary maker 

    Claim to fameStacey has presented investigative documentaries for the BBC, including the award-winning Stacey Dooley on The Frontline: Gun Girls and ISIS in 2016.


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    Graeme Swann 

    Age: 39

    Occupation: Former cricketer

    Claim to fame: Graeme is one of England’s greatest ever cricket stars, playing for the national team from 2008-13. He was also part of the historic winning 2009 Ashes team.


    Growing up: Dan has honed his baking skills as a stay-at-home dad 

     Joe Sugg 

    Age: 26

    Occupation: YouTube star

    Claim to fame: One of Britain’s most popular YouTube stars, with over 8m subscribers to his channel and 5.5 million Twitter followers. He is the brother of web guru Zoella.


    Faye Tozer

     Age: 42

    Occupation: Steps singer

    Claim to fame: Faye was one of the stars of legendary 90s band Steps from 1997 to 2001. The group reunited in 2017 for an anniversary tour, with their comeback album

     

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