Strictly Come Dancing: the celebrities reveal what they're looking for in their professional partners


Sugar and spice and all things nice ... is this what this year's Strictly Come Dancing celebrities want from their dance partners?

Not necessarily.

We have a sneak peek at what some of them are looking for in their dance partners:

Ed Balls

BBC handout photo of Ed Balls MP who is taking part in BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing 2016

"I'm going to need a dance partner who is patient, creative and a bit of a DIY paint and decorator because I think there are going to be quite a few cracks to paint over. My experience of watching Strictly over many years is that all of the dancers are really professional and I'm just looking forward to getting my partner and getting on with it."

Robert Rinder

Judge Robert Rinder (Ian West)

"Patience and authentic meanness - I want her to be splendid and super-honest and super-mean. Also I want her to be profoundly competitive with the other contestants so I don't have to be."

Claudia Fragapane

Claudia Fragapane (BBC Pictures)

"Someone who is not too tall, who has patience but also who will work me hard - I am very used to that!"

Lesley Joseph

Lesley Joseph showed off her trim figure at 70 (Jay Brooks/BBC/PA)

"I'm looking for somebody who will have the patience to guide me through, who will have a lot of fun and who will tailor the dances according to what I can do. I would rather do something slightly simpler and do it really well than do something so complicated it looks like I'm not brilliant at all. I want somebody who will help me look good."

Naga Munchetty

BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty will mix early mornings with dance rehearsals (Jay Brooks/BBC/PA)

"Someone who is just going to kick my butt, basically. I will try my very, very best and I will work hard but I need someone who is going to go just get on with it - 'There's no can't, just do it'."

:: The Strictly Come Dancing launch show is on BBC One on Saturday at 6.50pm.