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Strictly Come Dancing 2016 launch show in pictures

See all of the action from tonight’s show-stopping launch show.

Strictly Come Dancing - Laura Whitmore and Giovanni Pernice
Credit: BBC / Guy Levy

Earlier this evening Strictly Come Dancing 2016 launched with a bang as the 15 celebs found out which pro they would be dancing with for the series.

Tess Daly revealed the pairings over the course of the show, which also featured a fantastic pro dancer routine and an energetic group dance featuring all the celebs and all of the pros. It certainly looks like 2016 could be Strictly’s best season yet.

Rebecca Ferguson and Olly Murs performed their latest singles, and last year’s winner Jay McGuiness returned to the ballroom with Aliona Vilani to dance his show-stopping Jive.

The couples for the 2016 series are:

Anastacia and Brendan Cole
Claudia Fragapane and AJ Pritchard
Daisy Lowe and Aljaz Skorjanec
Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse
Ed Balls and Katya Jones
Greg Rutherford and Natalie Lowe
Judge Rinder and Oksana Platero
Laura Whitmore and Giovanni Pernice
Lesley Joseph and Anton Du Beke
Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton
Melvin Odoom and Janette Manrara
Naga Munchetty and Pasha Kovalev
Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton
Tameka Empson and Gorka Marquez
Will Young and Karen Clifton

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 continues on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th September when the live shows kick off on BBC One. See all of the action from tonight’s launch show in our gallery below:

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