Strictly Come Dancing bombshell: How BBC really pairs up celebs and professionals revealed

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It is one of the most anticipated parts of the BBC show as viewers see the celebrities take to the dance floor for the first time and meet the professional dancers. 

Strictly Come Dancing viewers who have wondered how celebs are paired up with their partners will now find out in a one-off episode focussing on the pros.

The chances of Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice ended up together is apparently no coincidence. 

Now the BBC has revealed it uses a “speed dating” technique to pair up celebs with their professional dancers. 

A “chemistry circle” is apparently staged by Strictly producers where all the contestants meet and dance for the first time. 

Speaking to The Telegraph, professional dancer Aljaz Skorjanec explained: “They put us in a circle. We do a salsa and a waltz. The celebrities do, like, four steps and then we sort of move on.”

Fellow dancer and former dance partner of Youtube star, Joe Sugg referred to the process as “speed dating”. 

Producers walk around as the celebs dance with each professional and observe the couples who have the greatest chemistry. 

It comes after Anton Du Beke joked he never had a chance to make the final until this year. 

When partnered with Emma Barton, he exclaimed: “So this is what it feels like. Oh book me in till Christmas.”

Viewers will be able to see just how the celebrities are partnered up in BBC One special this weekend, which will include footage from this year’s first training session.

The footage features interviews from former contestant, Jake Wood who said of the session: “The producers all walk around and you’re not sure what they’re looking at.”

“All of us female contestants danced with all of the pro boys and it was one of the best moments of my life, just being swung from man to man,” joked 2017 semi finalist and former band mate of The Saturday, Mollie King. 

Putting the fun aside, what more can there be for the professional dancers to look forward to? 

According to comedian Brian Conley, the pros were more interested in where the celebrities were based rather than their ability to dance as they wanted them closer to London for easy access to rehearsals. 

“Everyone will come up to you and say, ‘Hello, where do you live?’” he recalled. 

“I thought, why does everyone want to know where I live? And it’s because they know they’ve got to rehearse with you and they don’t want to be too far away from London.”

It comes as bookmakers have revealed fans aren’t too confident Michelle will make it to the final as she is one of the favourite to be eliminated first.

Will Giovanni be able to train her up to compete against favourites to win Karim Zeroual and Alex Scott?

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on September 21.

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