Strictly Come Dancing 2014: the countdown begins!

Strictly Come Dancing 2014: the countdown begins!

Our favourite celebs from years past

Front Row: Natalie Gumede (2013), Deborah Meaden (2013), Lisa Riley (2012), Susanna Reid (2013), and Abbey Clancy (2013), with professional dancers (back row). Photo: McPix Ltd/REX

Alison Hammond

She's no stranger to sparkles... Alison's previous experience of live TV, as a regular face on ITV's This Morning, may well help her calm those pre-dance nerves. Or not! Photo: Ken McKay/REX

Caroline Flack

Another live TV pro, Caroline (pictured with fellow Xtra Factor presenter, Matt Richardson) is already used to Saturday night telly. We've also previously seen her alongside cheeky chappie Olly Murs - but who will be her dancing buddy? Photo: Jonathan Hordle, Thames, REX

Frankie Bridge

Frankie's a seasoned singer and performer, as one of popular girl band, The Saturdays. While her confidence shines alongside fellow band members Una, Rochelle, Vanessa and Molly, it's only a matter of time before we see her taking her first steps in a very new partnership under the glitterball... Photo: Rotello, MCP, Photofab, REX

Gregg Wallace

We know him best as half of the formidable Masterchef partnership (alongside top chef John Torode). However Gregg's slowly but surely become a star in his own right for all things food. Can he whip up a storm on the dancefloor, too? Photo: Steve Vas, Featureflash

Jake Wood

Better known for his role as Max Branning... Now we can picture him! Eastenders actors, renouned for their doom-and-gloom storylines, can seem a surprising choice for the sparkling party atmosphere of Strictly. But could Jake secretly be the one to give Anton's showtime grin a run for its money? Photo: Steve Meddle, REX

Jenny Gibney

Are you a fan of Mrs Brown's Boys? Then you'll know that Brendan O'Carroll, left, is the face behind the show's main character. And Jenny, for her sins (we jest), is Brendan's partner in real life. We're looking forward to seeing her strut HER stuff for a change... Photo: Barbara Lindberg, REX

Judy Murray

Despite rumours that her sportstar son Andy is less than happy about her imminent telly appearance, Judy's raring to try out the heels and glamour of Strictly. After Andy's previous successes at Wimbledon and the Olympics, could more glory for the Murray family be afoot? Photo: Steve Meddle, REX

Mark Wright

Mark made his name on ITV2's reality programme The Only Way Is Essex. However he's gone from strength to strength and is pictured here presenting from The Hub on ITV1's This Morning. Will he and Alison have a Daytime Telly pact? Or will the silver-tongued youngster be taking advice from his soon-to-be-announced dancing partner only? Photo: Steve Meddle, ITV, REX

Pixie Lott

Pop princess Pixie (real name Victoria Louise Lott) is famous for singles All About Tonight and Mama Do; her first song, which went straight to number one back in 2009. But of late, things have been seemingly quieter in Pixie-land. Perhaps she's been practicing secretly in sequins... Photo: Steve Vas, Featureflash

Scott Mills

When Radio 1 DJ Scott announced on last week's breakfast show that he would be taking part in this year's competition, his co-presenters were astonished as Scott is renowned for having two left feet. However he says he's looking forward to the spray tans - and we're curious to see whose job it will be to get him in shape for the weekend... Photo: AKEM, REX

Simon Webbe

The boy band representative this year comes in the guise of Simon from Blue. A popular band in the early 2000s, the four boys have been recently touring the UK, which has successfully raised their profile once again. Our guess is that producers will try and get Simon into one of those deep V-neck dancing shirts, pronto! Photo: Steve Meddle, REX

Steve Backshall

You guessed it - Steve's an animal lover, famous for his work presenting the BBC's Deadly 60, as well as winning a BAFTA and travelling the world over. But will he soar like a bird on the dancefloor? And is his Foxtrot as good as the real thing? Photo: South Beds News Agency, REX

Sunetra Sarker

The Liverpudlian actress is best known for her role in Casualty as Dr Zoe Hanna. But now it's time to swap that stethoscope for some dancing shoes and make her own pulse race with a Viennese Waltz... Photo: Ken McKay, ITV, REX

Thom Evans

Think you've seen Mr Evans before? It's possible you glimpsed him playing rugby for Scotland. However you may also have spied him modelling swimming trunks for up-and-coming brand D.HEDREL. Now he's set to join the toe-tappers on the dancefloor. Let's hope no harm comes to his ears! Photo: Ray Tang, REX

Tim Wonnacott

Antiques expert and Bargain Hunt regular Tim is used to appraising stylish pieces. But now it's time for his dancing to be judged - by Craig, Darcy, Len and Bruno. Luckily his penchant for a bow tie should stand him in good stead. Photo: Richard Gardner, REX