Strictly Launch Show And FIrst Strictly Romance of 2014 Is Revealed – tonight saw the launch of the 12th series of Strictly Come Dancing with the new series pairings revealed as we also learnt today of a new Strictly romance.
The launch show saw some new professionals make their debut as well as the first sighting of this year’s crop of Strictly celebrities. It also was the beginning of the Tess Daly/Claudia Winkleman co-hosting partnership and saw Sir Bruce Forsyth take to the Strictly stage to hand over his presenting mantle to Claudia.
Almost of more interest than all of this though was the news that Rachel Riley and her Strictly dance partner Pasha Kovalev have announced that they have been an item for some while.
Pasha confirmed the news to the UK media today. Although there is no suggestion that they were dating at the time of the show they did keep in touch after their time dancing together and earlier this year love blossomed.
Rachel announced the end of her marriage to Jamie Gilbert in November last year, just a few days after she and Pasha were voted off the show.
A source was quoted today as saying that Pasha is ‘really excited and has been telling friends he is in love and she could be the one.’
The pair were spotted earlier in the weekend strolling together before going into Rachel’s West London home together. Pasha has declined to make any further personal comment on the new relationship saying that he wants the attention to be on the new series of Strictly instead which he says is going to be “brilliant.”
Here are this year’s Strictly pairings. Can you spot any potential new romances amongst them?
Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan
Frankie Bridge (nee Sandford) and Kevin Clifton
Thom Evans and Iveta Lukosiute
Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev
Jennifer Gibney and Tristan MacManus
Alison Hammond and Alijaž Skorjanec
Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon
Scott Mills and Joanne Clifton
Judy Murray and Anton du Beke
Sunetra Sarker and Brendan Cole
Gregg Wallace and Aliona Vilani
Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff
Tim Wonnacott and Natalie Lowe
Jake Wood and Janette Manrara
Mark Wright and Karen Hauer