Strictly Come Dancing's Oti Mabuse joins new partner Kelvin Fletcher for first official partner photos alongside the rest of the glitzy contestants
The first Strictly Come Dancing 2019 live show hits screens on Saturday, and to celebrate glam partner photos have been unveiled.
New couple Oti Mabuse and Kelvin Fletcher lead the way, posing together after the ex Emmerdale star was drafted in to replace injured Jamie Laing two weeks ago.
Speaking to the Radio Times, Kelvin admitted he had just an hour to make his decision about whether to join the show.
Still dancing! The first Strictly live show hits screens on Saturday, and to celebrate partner photos have been unveiled, with Oti Mabuse posing with her new partner Kelvin Fletcher (left) and Catherine Tyldesley posing with Johannes Radebe (right)
The stars of our show: The full celebrity lineup are seen posing in their glam costumes
Out: Jamie Laing was forced to pull out of the show after injuring his foot
'I didn’t anticipate this at all! I suddenly received a call from my agent offering me the chance to do Strictly and I had to make the decision within an hour or two,' he explained.
'I was doing a different job towards the end of the year so I had to change my plans, but it was a no-brainer. I’d met the Strictly producers previously so they’d already had a taste of me and what I was about but I was straight in at the deep end.
Oti meanwhile admitted she was 'devastated' when Made In Chelsea star Jamie had to pull out of the show after injuring his foot during rehearsals, and the pro initially thought she'd be left without a partner.
'I had a long, tearful conversation with him. For a while I thought I had no partner and I was in bed all day thinking, “I can’t do the show!” In moments like that you realise how much you love something,' she said.
'I was feeling really bad, but one of the producers said, “We’ll see what we can do.” When they called and told me about Kelvin, I cried – and it turns out he’s incredible!'
The partner photos for the 2019 series show the celebrities glitzed and glammed as they pose up a storm with their pros.
Popular pair:L This year's oldest celebrity Anneka Rice, 60 has been partnered with reigning champion Kevin Clifton
Sportsmen: Ex footballer David James has been paired with Nadiya Bychkova (left) while Olympian James Cracknell is with new pro Luba Mushtuk (right)
TV favourite: Ru Paul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage will be on the other side of the judging table with her partner Giovanni Pernice
Fans found out the pairings during the first show of the new series earlier this month, with the couples having spent the past two weeks perfecting their moves in time for the debut live show.
The show has already had its fair share of injuries with Jamie forced to pull out after damaging a tendon while performing the first group dance.
Anneka Rice, this series' oldest celeb at 60, also faced an agonising wait to see if she could continue in the show after injuring her shoulder during a fall just weeks after signing up.
Surprise! Anton Du Beke was delighted to be partnered with EastEnders star Emma Barton (left) while comedian Chris Ramsay has been training hard with Karen Hauer (right)
Ballroom skills: Viscountess Emma Weymouth with her dance partner Aljaz Skorjanec
The TV star had to skip the first group dance in the opening show after aggravating the injury during rehearsals, as she explained to the Radio Times:
'Anton Du Beke spontaneously threw me up in the air and over his shoulders before I had time to say “By the way, my shoulder is…” And just like that, on the medic’s instructions, I was out of the group dance.'
Luckily Anneka has recovered and has been paired with reigning champion Kevin Clifton.
Strictly is back on screens on Saturday at 7pm on BBC One.
From YouTube to the dancefloor: Social media star Saffron Barker is paired with AJ Pritchard
Skills: Paralympian Will Bayley is with Janette Manrara (left) and CBBC star Karim Zeroual has Amy Dowden as his pro
Screen star: BBC presenter Mike Bushell is in the hands of pro favourite Katya Jones
Radio star: Radio 1 DJ Dev Griffin has been training with Diane Buswell (left), while fan favourite Neil Jones has landed a celebrity partner for the first time, training footballer Alex Scott (right)