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Strictly Come Dancing has returned to BBC One and the couples have had a week to get plenty of practice in ahead of tonight’s first live show. The lineup of celebrities met their professional partners for the first time last week, and they have their work cut out for them. Express.co.uk has a live report of who is at the top of the leaderboard so far. 

Who is at the top of the Strictly 2021 leaderboard?

Strictly will be kicking off at 7pm tonight with a total of 15 couples taking to the dancefloor for their debut performances. 

The judging panel will consist of Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and former professional dancer Anton Du Beke. 

Tonight, however, no one will be leaving the competition as the couples are just starting to warm up ahead of the eliminations. 

For their first performance, presenter AJ Odudu and her partner Kai Widdrington will be dancing the Jive to Gold Dust by DJ Fresh. 

Kai is one of the new professionals joining the cast this year and AJ was excited to be his first-ever partner. 

Loose Women panellist Judi Love will be dancing with Graziano Di Prima and they will be taking on the American Smooth to Chain of Fools by Aretha Franklin. 

Speaking to Express.co.uk and other media, Judi said she was nervous about dancing in high heels as she was only used to it on a night out with her girls. 

Actress Katie McGlynn is with Gorka Márquez and they will be performing the Tango to Black Hole by Griff. 

On the opening night, Katie admitted she was out of her comfort zone, but would not let that stop her. 

EastEnders actress Nina Wadia is with Neil Jones and the pair will be taking on the sassy Samba to Mi Gente by J Balvin, Willy William and Beyoncé. 

Nina jokingly walked off whilst talking to Claudia Winkleman after she found out she would be doing a tricky dance. 

Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice, who are favourites to win the 2021 series, will be dancing the fast-paced Jive to Shake It Off by Taylor Swift. 

The EastEnders star left viewers in awe as she has broken boundaries as the show’s first-ever deaf contestant. 

Dragons’ Den star Sara Davies and her partner Aljaž Škorjanec will be doing the Cha Cha to The Boss by Diana Ross. 

She is one of the celebs predicted to leave the competition first, but the decision will be down to the judges and the public vote. 

TV chef and social media star Tilly Ramsay was partnered with another newcomer, Nikita Kuzmin, and they will be taking on the Waltz to Consequences by Camila Cabello. 

Tilly said her favourite dance was the waltz, although she was nervous about trying it out so early on in the competition. 

Olympian Adam Peaty was paired with Katya Jones and they will also by trying out the Cha Cha to Beggin’ by Måneskin. 

The pair were dubbed two of the most competitive people in the series and they have their eyes on a spot in the final. 

BBC Breakfast star Dan Walker is with Nadiya Bychkova and they will be dancing the quickstep to Everybody Needs Somebody To Love by The Blues Brothers. 

Dan has been labelled the ‘dad’ of the group by the rest of the celebs, and he has been making everyone feel at home. 

Actor Greg Wise is with Karen Hauer and they will be dancing the American Smooth to That’s Life by Frank Sinatra. 

As the oldest member of the group, Greg said he had taken on some wise words by former winner, Bill Bailey, ahead of the show. 

Making up the show’s first male same-sex couple, John Whaite and Johannes Radebe will be dancing the Tango to Blue Monday by New Order. They are excited to bring something new to the series this year. 

CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson will be dancing with Nancy Xu, performing the Viennese Waltz to End of the Road by Boys II Men. Rhys said he was thrilled to be Nancy’s first-ever partner. 

Meanwhile, comedian Robert Webb and his partner Dianne Buswell will be dancing the Cha Cha to Rasputin by Boney M and Robert said he would be taking the competition very seriously. 

McFly star Tom Fletcher and his partner Amy Dowden will be dancing the Cha Cha to September by Earth, Wind and Fire, and the born performer has been put through his paces this week. 

Finally, rugby star Ugo Monye and two-time winner Oti Mabuse will be dancing the Samba to Iko Iko (My Bestie) by Justin Wellington ft Small Jam. 

Fans will be keen to find out if Oti can score a hat trick and lift the glitterball trophy with her new partner.

 

Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturdays at 7pm on BBC One.

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