The Strictly Come Dancing 2018 couples are announced!

8 September 2018, 21:00 | Updated: 8 September 2018, 21:01

Strictly
Picture: BBC

By Tom Eames

Strictly Come Dancing returned for its 16th series tonight (September 8).

After weeks of speculation, the show confirmed the celebrity and professional dancer couples that will compete in this year's series.

The full list of couples are:

Seann Walsh and Katya Jones

Seann Walsh and Katya Jones
Seann Walsh and Katya Jones. Picture: BBC

Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton

Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton
Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton. Picture: BBC

Charles Venn and Karen Clifton

Charles Venn and Karen Clifton
Charles Venn and Karen Clifton. Picture: BBC

Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard

Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard
Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard. Picture: BBC

Danny John-Jules and Amy Dowden

Danny John-Jules and Amy Dowden
Danny John-Jules and Amy Dowden. Picture: BBC

Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev

Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev
Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev. Picture: BBC

Katie Piper and Gorka Marquez

Katie Piper and Gorka Marquez
Katie Piper and Gorka Marquez. Picture: BBC

Graeme Swann and Oti Mabuse

Graeme Swann and Oti Mabuse
Graeme Swann and Oti Mabuse. Picture: BBC

Kate Silverton and Aljaž Škorjanec

Kate Silverton and Alijaz Skorjanec
Kate Silverton and Alijaz Skorjanec. Picture: BBC

Vick Hope and Graziano di Prima

Vick Hope and Giovanni di Prima
Vick Hope and Giovanni di Prima. Picture: BBC

Susannah Constantine and Anton du Beke

Susannah Constantine and Anton du Beke
Susannah Constantine and Anton du Beke. Picture: Getty

Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice

Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice
Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice. Picture: BBC

Lee Ryan and Nadiya Bychkova

Lee Ryan and Nadiya Bychkova
Lee Ryan and Nadiya Bychkova. Picture: BBC

Ranj Singh and Janette Manrara

Dr Ranj Singh and Janette Manrara
Dr Ranj Singh and Janette Manrara. Picture: BBC

Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell

Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell
Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell. Picture: BBC

Neil Jones and newbies Luba Mushtuk and Johannes Radebe will also be on standby if any of the professionals can't appear, and will also feature in group dances.

And if you're wondering where Brendan Cole is, he was axed from the show after appearing in all previous 15 series.

Strictly Come Dancing will return in a few weeks, when the couples will dance together on screen for the first time.