Strictly 2017 Contestant Rundown and Pairing Predictions

It’s that time of year again when the whole country is gearing up to the new series of Strictly! There’s a new celebrity announced almost daily at the moment which is so exciting! Now that all of the celebrities have been announced, I’m going to go through all the contestants and give my thoughts on them and then I’ll tell you my pairing predictions, so let’s get to it. I should also say I wrote about each contestant as they were announced so I added to this post after each announcement.

1. Mollie King

I’m so excited about Mollie being on Strictly! I absolutely LOVE The Saturdays and in 2014 when Frankie was announced I was so pleased and now that Mollie’s doing it too makes me over the moon! She (along with Una) were my favourites in The Saturdays so I’ve wanted her to do it for years. I really hope she can do better than Frankie and WIN!!! I’m so excited to see Mollie dance because just because she was in The Saturdays, it doesn’t mean she will be good but I’m super hopeful!

2. Davood Ghadami

To tell you the truth, I’d never heard of Davood Ghadami before he was announced as the 2nd Strictly contestant but just from what I’ve read about him, he’s best known for being on Eastenders (is it really Strictly without someone from Eastenders?😂). I’ve just done a quick google of him and he looks like he will be quite good, there seem to be quite a few shirtless pictures of him so he’ll fit in well on Strictly and it bound to be a favourite with the ladies!

3. Ruth Langsford

Ruth has been rumoured as a contestant for a few years now and I’m glad she’s finally doing it (mostly so the rumours can stop!). As much as I like Ruth, I don’t have very high hopes for her dancing, I think she will definitely do better with the ballroom dances than the Latin but I’m looking forward to seeing what she can do! Maybe she will surprise everyone like Lesley Joseph did last year🤞.

4. Gemma Atkinson

Again, Gemma is another soap actor that I haven’t heard of. She’s known for being in Hollyoaks, Casualty and Emmerdale, to name a few. From the pictures I’ve seen, she looks quite fit and sporty which means she could do very well on Strictly so I’m looking forward to seeing how she gets on.

5. Reverend Richard Coles

Another one I’ve never heard of and honestly, I’m not sure how good he’s going to be. He’s said himself that he has arthritis in his knees, I’m not sure how bad his arthritis is but my dad’s had it since I was young and he could NEVER do Strictly, he can bearly walk most days so who knows what the Reverend will be like. However, he was a musician so he should definitely have rhythm so that will really help. All we can do is wait until the launch show.

6. Joe McFadden

Another actor, another one I haven’t heard of. By looking at pictures, I have high-ish hopes! I also think he will be very popular with the ladies! As for the line up so far, I definitely think they need some more variety in there! Half of the contestants are actors so they really need one or two more singers, presenters and newsreaders, there hasn’t been a male newsreader for a while now so I wouldn’t be surprised if one is yet to be announced.

7. Simon Rimmer

Yay! And we have some variety! I don’t know much about Simon other than he’s a chef and presents Sunday Brunch. I saw his announcement that they did on Sunday Brunch and I think he’s really going to throw himself into it all, he was talking about the spray tans and the sequins etc. He also mentioned that he think’s he’ll be better at ballroom but I think his Latin will be super entertaining so I’m really looking forward to seeing how he gets on!

Now, we’re about halfway through the announcements so I’m really excited for the rest to be announced so that I can make my pairing predictions, I’ve already got a few ideas in my mind but I’ll have to wait until all of the announcements to make my real predictions.

8.Aston Merrygold

I’m surprisingly excited about Aston joining the line-up! I was never a fan of JLS, BUT I know that he is a pretty good dancer already so I think he may be the strongest contestant so far! He’s also quite short so I think this pairing prediction will be quite easy! I definitely think he will be more suited to Latin and if he’s partnered with who I think he will be paired with, their Latin will be AMAZING!

9. Susan Calman

So, here’s another one I haven’t heard of but as soon as I saw her picture and read that she’s a comedian, I thought she’s going to be a lot of fun! I also noticed that she’s wearing a suit, jacket and trousers in every picture so I’m so excited to see her get Strictlyfied!

10. Brian Conley

Okay, so I’ve heard of Brian Conley, I actually saw him in Barnum a couple of years ago so he’s obviously got some rhythm and is able to pick up steps if he’s been in a musical. I think he’s going to be a lot of fun and a great laugh but I also think he may be a surprise so I’m really looking forward to seeing how he get’s on!

11. Charlotte Hawkins

Yay! I’ve heard of Charlotte too! I haven’t seen much of Good Morning Britain (it finishes at 8.30AM) so I’ve either been out of the house to go to school/uni or been asleep when it’s on but from what I’ve seen, she seems like a really lovely person so I’m really looking forward to seeing what she can do.

12. Chizzy Akudolu

When I saw that Chizzy was announced, I didn’t know who she was but after googling her and seeing that she was in Holby City, I realised that I did know her from Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief but that’s all I’ve seen of her and I can’t remember if she was much good on it😂 but if she was willing to do that show then I definitely think she’s going to be great fun so I’m excited to see her!

13. Debbie McGee

I’ve only heard of Debbie because I know she is/was Paul Daniels’ wife and he did Strictly a few years back now (and he was dreadful) but she looks like she might be able to move. I definitely think that she will be better at ballroom, she looks quite elegant I think so she will look really lovely in the dresses! 

14. Johnnie Peacock

I’m super excited about Johnnie because he’s the first Paralympian to appear on a series of Strictly (idk how that’s happened) so I’m really looking forward to seeing how he gets on and I hope he does really well!

15. Alexandra Burke

I think that Alexandra will be so good. I don’t know how much training she’s had previously but singers usually have and she’s been in a couple of musicals so she can obviously pick up choreography so I’m excited about her too!

Overall, I’m not that excited about the line up because I don’t really know most of them but as always, for me, it’s about the dancing and watching how they progress in the competition and I love getting to know them on It Takes Two etc. At the moment, before seeing anyone dance, I’m team Mollie to win, she’s who I’m most excited about because like I said, I love the Saturdays and she was on my dream contestant list and has been for a while now so I can’t wait to watch her!

Pairing Predictions

I struggled so much trying to pair the celeb girls with the male pros and it’s quite tricky for me to pair up anyone when I don’t really know the celebs but here’s what I came up with:

Female Celebrities

Susan and Kevin
Gemma and Aljaz
Alexandra and Giovanni
Mollie and Gorka
Ruth and Brendan
Debbie and Anton
Chizzy and AJ
Charlotte and Pasha

Male Celebrities

Joe and Karen
Aston and Janette
Reverand Richard and Oti
Simon and Dianne
Brian and Amy
Davood and Nadiya
Johnnie and Katya

After the launch show, I’ll be comparing my pairings with the actual pairings and giving my opinions on the couples. What do you think of this year’s celebs and what are your pairing predictions? Let me know in the comments! 

Thanks for reading, Em xo

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