BBC Strictly 2014 Couples – our thoughts

Learn To Dance 2013 SquareSo the line-up of couples was announced on Sunday night, and with a new baby in the house we’ve only just had a chance to catch up with our recording (thanks TiVo).

In terms of the much discussed presenting pairing of Tess and Claudia, we’re all for it.  They seem to work really well together and Claudia brings a great sense of humour and wit to the show.

In case you missed it the announced couples are as follows:

Strictly 2014 Couples

Our Strictly 2014 line-up of couples

  1. Alison Hammond with Aljaz, Jake Wood with Janette, Caroline Flack with Pasha, Steve Backshall with Ola, Pixie Lott with Trent
  2. Judy Murray with Anton, Gregg Wallace with Aliona, Frankie Bridge with Kevin, Scott Mills with Joanne, Tim Wonnacott with Natalie
  3. Sunetra Sarker with Brendan, Mark Wright with Karen,Simon Webbe with Kristina, Thom Evans with Iveta,Jennifer Gibney with Tristan.

Straight after the show the BBC interviewed each of the couples for their initial reactions to the pairings, though as always we’d love to hear how some of the pro’s actually feel!

Having watched the show, and the all important first group dance, we’re definitely looking forward to seeing more from Alison Hammond, Pixie Lott (already touted by the Daily Star as a ringer), Frankie Bridge, Simon Webbe (Christmas Special participant 2011) and Thom Evans.

It will be interesting to see how Scott Mills performs as him and Jo have an obvious connection that could prove fruitful when it comes to performances, but he seems quite shy which could be a stumbling block.

Anton will have his work cut out in the initial weeks with Judy, but as a former sportswoman her competitive streak should see her put the requisite hours in.

There’s always room for a few surprises and we look forward to seeing some of the early training footage if the BBC release it like they did last year – keep checking back as we’ll update you if they do.

Who are you looking forward to seeing this year, and who should be sent to one of our LearnToDance classes to brush up before the show starts?