STRICTLY’S Catherine Tyldesley squealed with delight while Michelle Visage thought she looked ‘cute’ beside Giovanni Pernice as the celebrities watched the show’s opening titles for the first time.
The BBC One dancing show returns this evening for the first live show, but the stars of the series were given a sneak peek at the title sequence which they recorded a few weeks ago.
A lot of clapping and squealing took place as the couples sat down to see which of their moves made it into the titles.
EastEnders actress got the first surprise as she saw she was starting the whole thing off with her pro partner Anton Du Beke.
Alex Scott and Neil Jones celebrated the fact they’d managed to get the robot in, while Chris Ramsey, Emma Weymouth and Kelvin Fletcher let out a cheer when they saw themselves.
Karim Zeroual gave his partner Amy Dowden a double high five, but Anneka Rice looked absolutely mortified as she went up close to the camera to watch her funny bit with partner Kevin Clifton.
Mike Bushall’s ears will have been ringing after partner Katya Jones screamed loudly when they appeared on screen, while Saffron Barker did a happy high five with AJ Pritchard.
Dev Griffin and Dianne Buswell were hyper to see their moves in the titles, clapping and whooping, but David James took a much more laid back approach, simply saying ‘Niiiice!” as he twirled Nadiya Bychkova around.
Will Bayley and Janette Manrara celebrated their moment with a fist bump while Michelle told her partner Giovanni: “Look how cute we are!”
James Cracknell was teased by his partner Luba Mushtuk, who joked: “You stand beautifully” after watching their snippet of screentime.
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Last but not least was Catherine, who squealed with delight and hugged Johannes Radebe as they closed out the titles.
In an interview released today, Catherine, 36, revealed how shocked she was at how close she had to physically get to her dance partner.
Speaking to the Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine she said: “As an actor I’m used to doing intimate scenes, and being in someone else’s space, but even I was a bit, “Woooahhh!
“It’s quite a shock. With my very first dance – the group dance before we’d even been matched with our professional partners – I was thinking, ‘Wow! This is close!’ And it was a waltz! For those who aren’t actors, it must be really hard.”
Strictly Come Dancing airs tonight at 7pm on BBC One.
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