Strictly Come Dancing professionals hint at first dance theme during rehearsal break

The Strictly Come Dancing pros were seen taking a break and taking photos of each other in costume as they prepare for the return of this year’s show.

The celebrity contestants for this year’s series have just been announced – with some fans having mixed feelings about the line-up – and it looks like rehearsals are well underway for the start of Strictly 2022 next month.

A few of the male professional dancers of the series were spotted outside a rehearsal space, snapping photos of each other as they prepare for the opening episode.

Professionals including Gorka Marquez, Cameron Lombard, Johannes Radebe, Graziano Di Prima and Nikita Kuzmin were seen wearing smart trousers, patterned suits and trilby hats as they posed for a variety of shots in the street.

The group was seen taking a break from rehearsals as they took in turns posing for photos and later coming together for a group shot, with their costumes suggesting a vintage theme to one of the series’ first dances.

The full line-up of 15 celebrity contestants have now been announced, and it includes Coronation Street's Kym Marsh, actor Will Mellor and singer Fleur East, as well as Eastenders actor James Bye and football manager Tony Adams.

However, Strictly fans will not find out which celebrity and pros have been paired together until the launch show.

Preparation for the 2022 series is well and truly underway, with recording for the launch show set to take place on Wednesday 7 September, and an in-person audience will be welcomed back into the studio for this year’s shows.

Confirming the news, the BBC said: “The stunning 20th series returns, bringing glamour and show-stopping dancing back to Saturday nights on BBC One – and we’re extremely excited to be able to welcome an audience back to the studio for this year’s shows.”

After the full celebrity line-up for Strictly 2022 was announced last week, some fans took to social media to share their thoughts.

There has been some warring between fans on Twitter about the line-up, with some on the negative side, as one fan wrote: "No wow factor with this lot but thats par for the course and by week 3 everyone will be shouting for a b or c".

Another tweeted: "I'll not bother this year", whilst someone else said: "I feel like the producers sometimes just go to the BBC canteen and force anyone who doesn’t run away fast enough to do strictly."

Some people were quick to fight back over the negative comments, with one writing: "To the people who say they won’t watch because they don’t know the celebrities.

"Genuine question. If a new show was on tv and you didn’t know the actors, would you not watch it??

"I’m finding these remarks pathetic. Don’t watch it the show will survive with you. Bye."

Another posted: "Why do people think they have to know every celebrity that there is? I don’t watch Eastenders so I don’t know who @jimmybye is, but doesn’t mean to say I won’t watch.

"By watching I’ll get to know who he is so just shut up the moaning and watch something else if you’re not happy."

Someone else championed the popular BBC show, with one person tweeting: "I bloody love SCD.

"After two weeks I don’t care what their background is. It’s just a marvellous escape and while we can just afford to have the telly on I’ll enjoy it!!"


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