After an insanely elaborate and super fun Star Wars-themed opening, the 14th series of Strictly Come Dancing got under way on Saturday evening (3 September) as the celebrities found out which pro partner they'd be paired with!
"I think this lot look fantastic," said head judge Len Goodman. "The girls are all frisky and risky. The boys are powerful and perky. This is going to be a corker!"
Judge Bruno Tonioli added: "By the way I saw them all sashay down the stairs I could see images of graceful flamingos, agile cheetahs, a few stomping wilder beasts... it's early days. I think overall they are a wonderful, fantastic cast for a magnificent season fourteen."
Singer and television presenter Louise Redknapp
Paired with: Kevin Clifton
BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty
Paired with: Pasha Kovalev
Paired with: Brendan Cole
TV presenter Laura Whitmore
Paired with: Giovanni Pernice
Radio DJ and TV presenter Melvin Odoom
Paired with: Janette Manrara
Judge Rinder star Robert Rinder
Paired with: Oksana Platero
Olympic gold medal long jumper Greg Rutherford
Paired with: Natalie Lowe
Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac
Paired with: Oti Mabuse
Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane
Paired with: AJ Pritchard
Model Daisy Lowe
Paired with: Aljaž Škorjanec
Actress Lesley Joseph
Paired with: Anton du Beke
EastEnders actress Tameka Empson
Paired with: Gorka Marquez
Singer Will Young
Paired with: Karen Clifton
Former MP Ed Balls
Paired with: Katya Jones
TV presenter Ore Oduba
Paired with: Joanne Clifton
You may have noticed a few new names there... yep, there are SIX new professional dancers this year: British dance partners AJ Pritchard and Chloe Hewitt, and Brit Neil Jones, whose Russian-born wife Katya Jones is also new to this year's lineup. Also new are Ukrainian pro Oksana Platero and Spanish dancer Gorka Marquez.
Meanwhile, also on Saturday night's show, last year's winners Jay McGuiness and Alioni Vilani returned for a special dance, while performances came from Rebecca Ferguson and Olly Murs.
This will be judge Len last year on Strictly after he announced in July he's stepping down as head judge following more than a decade on the panel.
Len, 73, said at the time: "This adventure began when I was 60 and now that I've reached my 70s, I've decided after this year it's time to hand the role of Head Judge to someone else. It is an honour being part of the wonderful Strictly Come Dancing family and I'm looking forward to my last series very much and to whatever comes next."
We're SO happy Strictly is back! Now the celebs and their pro partners are off for some serious rehearsing before the live shows start Friday, 23 September on BBC One. See you then!