Strictly 2016 hits the dance floor and it's all about Ed Balls

It's back and sparklier than ever - Strictly Come Dancing 2016 put on its dancing shoes tonight and matched up some winning couples.

This first episode just shows us who will be dancing together, before the contestants retreat to the training room for three weeks to be transformed into ballroom dancers.

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Strictly's class of 2016 (BBC)

But viewers already had serious dancer body envy.

It wasn't long before the traditional speculation started about who this year's real-life couples would be.

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Claudia and Tess are back (BBC)

And before the celebrity matchmaking got started, we were also excited to see our favourite hosts back on screen.

There seem to be an awful lot of nice contestants signed up this year - Louise Redknapp, Anastacia, Greg Rutherford, Will Young...

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Will Young partners Karen Clifton (BBC)

We've already spotted this year's comedians - Melvin Odoom, Judge Rinder and Tameka Empson.

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Judge Rinder and Oksana Platero (BBC)

But let's be honest, Strictly 2016 is about one man and one man only. Ed Balls. Here was the reaction of pro dancer Katya Jones at being partnered with him.

Fans could not believe what they were seeing in the group dance.

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Ed Balls and partner Katya Jones (BBC)

His outfit drew particular attention.

But if anyone was going to distract us from Ed, it was definitely Judge Rinder.

The next three weeks can't go fast enough!

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