Get a first look at Strictly 2016's couples dancing together

Strictly fever is ramping up ahead of the first live shows this weekend, and our appetites have been whetted with a first look at the dancing couples trying out their moves together.

Giving us our glitter fix for the next couple of days, the BBC One show has released some sparkling shots of the dancefloor hopefuls getting into the swing of the competition.

Strictly 2016
The class of 2016 (BBC/Jay Brooks)

Sure, you can't tell from a picture who's going to be bringing home the glitterball trophy this year, but if we had to place bets based on these snaps, we'd say BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty and her partner Pasha Kovalev look like they've got a pretty good chance.

Naga and Pasha Strictly 2016
Naga and Pasha (BBC/Jay Brooks/Matt Burlem)

He's the one we've all been waiting to see - Ed Balls is looking very dapper with partner Katya Jones.

Ed and Katya Strictly 2016
Ed and Katya (BBC/Jay Brooks/Matt Burlem)

TV presenter Laura Whitmore looks like she's been getting on well with her training with Giovanni Pernice.

Laura and Giovanni Strictly 2016
Laura and Giovanni (BBC/Jay Brooks/Matt Burlem)

Looking particularly well matched are the contest's tall couple, Olympic long jumper Greg Rutherford and Natalie Lowe...

Natalie and Greg Strictly 2016
Natalie and Greg (BBC/Jay Brooks/Matt Burlem)

...while Team Pocket Rocket Melvin Odoom and Janette Manrara look like they're still having the most fun.

Janette and Melvin Strictly 2016
Janette and Melvin (BBC/Jay Brooks/Matt Burlem)

Former Hollyoaks star Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse look like they could be the ones to watch.

Oti and Danny Strictly 2016
Oti and Danny (BBC/Jay Brooks/Matt Burlem)

Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane is unsurprisingly already comfortable with being lifted by AJ Pritchard.

Claudia and AJ Strictly 2016
Claudia and AJ (BBC/Jay Brooks/Matt Burlem)

Seeming like they might be the ones to bring a touch of class to the show are pop star Will Young and his partner Karen Clifton.

Karen and Will Strictly 2016
Karen and Will (BBC/Jay Brooks/Matt Burlem)

Also hailing from the Clifton clan is Kevin, who's been training with ex pop star Louise Redknapp.

Louise and Kevin Strictly 2016
Louise and Kevin (BBC/Jay Brooks/Matt Burlem)

And making it a trio of Cliftons is Joanne and her BBC Sport presenter partner Ore Oduba, who are looking dancefloor ready.

Ore and Joanne Strictly 2016
Ore and Joanne (BBC/Jay Brooks/Matt Burlem)

Anton Du Beke might just have found a partner he can progress in the competition with in Lesley Joseph.

Lesley and Anton Strictly 2016
Lesley and Anton (BBC/Jay Brooks/Matt Burlem)

Star singer Anastacia looks like she's been holding up well to Brendan Cole's famously tough regime.

Anastacia and Brendan Strictly 2016
Anastacia and Brendan (BBC/Jay Brooks/Matt Burlem)

Another training room toughie is Aljaz Skorjanec, but it appears that model Daisy Lowe has learned plenty of new poses from him already.

Daisy and Aljaz Strictly 2016
Daisy and Aljaz (BBC/Jay Brooks/Matt Burlem)

EastEnder Tameka Empson showed us in the launch episode that she would bring some real sparkle to the show, and it looks like that's still the case in her photoshoot with Gorka Marquez.

Tameka and Gorka Strictly 2016
Tameka and Gorka (BBC/Jay Brooks/Matt Burlem)

No judging here, but TV's Judge Rinder looks to be on good form with Oksana Platero.

Oksana and Judge Rinder Strictly 2016
Oksana and Judge Rinder (BBC/Jay Brooks/Matt Burlem)

We can't wait to see them in action this Friday on BBC One.

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