Strictly Come Dancing 2012 partners revealed

The pairings for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing have been revealed.

During the first episode the professional dancers opened the show with a choreographed dance around BBC Television Centre.

The performance featured special appearances from Bruce Forsyth, Tess Daly, Craig Horwood and new judge Darcey Bussell.

Former prima ballerina Bussell also performed an American Smooth-inspired routine with professional dancer Ian Waite.

Popstar Mika also performed on the opening show accompanied by the Strictly Come Dancing pros.

The pairings for the 2012 series are as follows:

Colin Salmon and Kristina Rihanoff Dani Harmer and Vincent Simone Denise Van Outen and James Jordan Fern Britton and Artem Chigvintsev Jerry Hall and Anton Du Beke Johnny Ball and Aliona Vilani Kimberley Walsh and Pasha Kovalev Lisa Riley and Robin Windsor Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace Michael Vaughan and Natalie Lowe Nicky Byrne and Karen Hauer Richard Arnold and Erin Boag Sid Owen and Ola Jordan Victoria Pendleton and Brendan Cole

Discussing the new series, judge Bruno Tonioli said: “I am literally throbbing! To the point of hyperventilation.

“I cannot wait to get my eyes on some of these girls. I cannot wait to see Victoria, Denise and Kimberly performing the raunchy rumba and the saucy salsa.”

He added: “Sid and Ola could be the Ricky and Bianca of the dance floor. You can get all the stormy relationships, and more ups and downs then the plot of EastEnders! I'm looking forward to that. Then you've got Nicky and Karen. I want to see the wild side of Westlife!"

Len Goodman added: “Fearne and hunky Artem are going to be fabulous. I remember when she was on the Christmas special and I'll tell you what, she can shake it about. And what about Danny and Vincent? Young, fresh and frisky. A couple of dancing munchkins out there.

“And Brendan has got the perfect one - Victoria. Get on your bike son, she'll say. I've got a feeling they're going to be like a couple on a tandem, going along smoothly right into that final.”

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