The glitterball is up, Anton Du Beke has been paired with the amazing Katie Derham. That’s right, Strictly 2015 is go!
Who better to answer your questions than longtime professional and WW favourite, Anton Du Beke?
A familiar face on the Strictly dancefloor for all 13 series, Anton’s shiny shoes and enormous grin are as familiar to the show as sequins and glitter.
From his third place finish with Lesley Garrett in 2004, to his more unconventional routines with Ann Widdicombe in 2010 (aerial acrobatics, anyone?), there certainly hasn’t been a dull moment.
This year he’s partnered with TV and radio presenter Katie Derham and is determined to go ‘all the way’.
Features Writer Ella Dove caught up with Strictly’s ultimate cheeky chappie to find out the things YOU want to know.
If you could dance with anyone, who would you choose and why? (Glo Jackson)
I would love to have danced with Cyd Charisse back in the day. I’ve always been a fan. I saw her in The Band Wagon about a hundred years ago and loved her from that moment on.
How long do your dancing shoes last you? (Viv Rain)
It varies. I have lots of dancing shoes – sometimes I’ll have a pair for a specific number or to match a particular pair of trousers, so I may only use them once.
I go through so many different shoes during a series. But if I’m just dancing on just one pair, the most they’ll last me is a month.
Do you prefer older or younger dance partners? (Susan Strickland)
I don’t mind, anybody capable and a bit flexible is nice! But ultimately, as long as they’re fun to be with, that’s the main thing.
Do you ever get fed up of being the comedy act? (Alison Mcdougall)
Oh, look, I don’t mind really. My answer to that question is always this: If I danced with Kara Tointon, then I wouldn’t have danced with Ann Widdicombe. And Ann and I had an absolutely brilliant time.
For me, the most important thing is having fun and making an impact on the audience. If that means being the comedy act, then that’s okay by me, just as long as my partner is happy to be a part of it too. I’ve had great partners over the years who’ve been so brilliant in that respect.
If you could dance anywhere in the world, where would it be? (#teamanton on Twitter)
I’m lucky, because I’ve danced in all the best places in the UK. I’ve danced in the Albert Hall, The Palladium, in Buckingham Palace and in Blackpool.
But somewhere like The Grand Ballroom in Vienna would be nice, I’ve never done that.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? (Helen Jones)
My old dance teacher used to say to me, ‘get better’. Don’t worry about anything or anyone else – you work on you.
If you make sure you’ve improved, you’ll be fine. And I think that’s my mantra for life really. Work on my own self and my dancing.
Make my posture better, make my timing better, and then everything else will fall into place.
How do you keep so calm? (Sharon Jackson)
Ha ha! Oh, Sharon, it’s because I’m having fun! At the end of the day, it’s not an Olympic sport. It’s Strictly!
Generally, I just don’t get grumpy. I try my best, and remember that it is what it is.