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Strictly 2021 pairings announced as Katie McGlynn and Robert Webb discover partners

Strictly Come Dancing fans were celebrating on Saturday night, as the hit BBC dance competition returned to our telly screens.

The official launch event saw 15 celebrities paired up with professional dancers.

Claudia Winkleman hosted the show again, as did Tess Daly. The judging panel was made up of Shirley Ballas (Craig Revel Horwood), Motsi Makase (Motsi Mobuse) and Anton Du Beke.

Strictly pros kicked off the festivities with their own dance routine. Claudia rode in a glittery cannon.

Robert Webb, comedian and Peep Show star, was paired up with Dianne Buwell.

Katie has been paired with Gorka

His first dance will be the Cha-Cha-Cha to Rasputin.

Next up was Coronation Street and Hollyoaks icon Katie McGlynn, meanwhile, will be dancing with Gorka Marquez, in what’s sure to be a very spicy pairing.

Katie previously vowed to pro dancer Giovanni Pernice’s current girlfriend Maura Higgins that she doesn’t plan to succumb to the Strictly ‘curse’ with the dancer – but even so, it might be a relief to see Katie alongside Gorka instead.

Previous reports have linked she and Giovanni together – but she insisted to The Sun that she doesn’t “really know him”.

She explained: “Giovanni is a really nice guy but I don’t really know him”, telling Maura that there is “nothing to worry about” in regards to any potential romance rumours.

Katie added at the time: “I would never get involved with anyone that had a girlfriend.

“I understand that happens but I’d avoid that like the plague. Persons with partners are strictly forbidden. I would never choose to be such a person.”

CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson was then matched with Nancy Xu.

He said he is “so excited” to work with her.

“This boy is gonna be working so hard!” Nancy teased as the two shared a bop together – as Rhys added that he “immediately imprinted on her like a baby duckling”.

Dragons’ Den investor Sara Davies was up next, looking almost unrecognisable from her boardroom persona in a sparkly pink dress.

Sara was placed with Aljaž Škorjanec.

“I really love people who are committed and driven,” he said of his new partner.

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Strictly 2021 pairings announced as Katie McGlynn and Robert Webb discover partners
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