S Club 7's Rachel Stevens is pictured with Kevin Clifton on Strictly tour

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Rachel Stevens has been pictured with Kevin Clifton for the first time on the 'Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour', after replacing Frankie Bridge as his dance partner.

Last week, Frankie announced she has had to drop out of the Strictly tour due to severe morning sickness from her second pregnancy. Following her news, it was later revealed that S Club 7 singer Rachel would be her replacement.

And stepping back into her dancing shoes, the 36-year-old has now joined the rest of the Strictly cast ahead of their first show tomorrow in Birmingham.

Rachel Stevens and Kevin Clifton on Strictly tour, Birmingham
15 January

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In newly released photos, Rachel is pictured alongside dancing professional Kevin. Wearing a blue outfit - covered in tassels and sequins of course - the mum-of-two looked right at home as she struck up a few dance moves in front of the cameras.

That's not surprising though, as Rachel is no stranger to ballroom dancing, finishing as a runner-up on Strictly Come Dancing with Vincent Simone back in 2008.

Rachel Stevens and Kevin Clifton on Strictly tour, Birmingham
15 January

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The starlet has been drafted in as Kevin's original partner Frankie has been advised by doctors not to go on tour.

The Saturdays singer recently revealed she and husband Wayne Bridge are thrilled to be expecting their second child together. However, Frankie has been suffering with severe morning sickness - similar to that of Kate Middleton - throughout her pregnancy.

Despite telling fans she was "gutted" she can no longer take part, Frankie did wish Rachel luck as she takes her place.

Joining the newly-appointed Strictly star on the road are last series contestants, Mark Wright, Scott Mills, Alison Hammond, Thom Evans, Simon Webbe and reigning champ Caroline Flack.

Mark Wright and Karen Haeur at Strictly Tour press call, Birmingham
15 January

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Pleased to be back with his dance partner Karen Haeur again, Mark was all smiles as he strutted his stuff back on the dance floor.

Not usually a fan of being sparkly, the former TOWIE star did admit to Reveal he now has a new found love for sequins thanks to his time on Strictly.

Back in November, Mark - who finished in fourth place on the show - told us: "I went for my first fitting and they gave me Latin trousers and a sparkly top and I was like 'Woah! Take all that off and dress me how I am.'

"But now… I can't have a top without sparkles on. Week 2 I had to wear just a normal jumper and I was like, but it isn't sparkly… stick some sparkles on it."

Who knew?!

Mark's fellow finalist Simon Webbe was reunited with Kristina Rihanoff earlier today and Strictly dancer Iveta Lukosiute was back in the arms of good-looking rugby star Thom Evans.

Thom Evans and Iveta Lukosiute at Strictly press call, Birmingham
15 January

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Alison Hammond and Aljaz Skorjanec Strictly tour press call, Birmingham
15 January

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Radio 1's Scott Mills joined his partner Joanne Clifton and This Morning presenter Alison Hammond couldn't stop smiling as she took to the floor with Aljaz Skorjanec at today's press call.

Although, Strictly's latest winner Caroline and her new dance partner Tristan MacManus were noticeably missing from the gang.

Strictly Come Dancing cast on tour, Birmingham
15 January

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Viewers watched Caroline dance her way to victory with original partner Pasha Kovalev at the end of last year's Strictly Come Dancing series.

For the first time ever in a Strictly final, Caroline landed perfect scores for all three of her dances, including an incredibly emotional number to Robbie William's 'Angels'.

Since taking the title, the 35-year-old has admitted she hasn't been able to put her Glitterball trophy down.

Speaking on Loose Women earlier this week, Caroline said: "It moves around with me, it's like my child. I don't have children but I have this... Everywhere I go. And I didn't put it down all night on the night that I won it."

Oh, Cazza!

The 'Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour' kicks off tomorrow (16 January) in Birmingham.

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