Just a few days before the Strictly Come Dancing celebrity line-up is revealed, a school playground in Greenwich, southeast London is doubling as the filming location of the show’s promotional trailer.
“We’ve got Lion, Fire, Queen and Powder in hair and make-up,” says the production manager, referring to the code names that have been given to the contestants to prevent their identities being leaked.
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“Wasp, Love, Lily, Bridget, Sloane and Star arrive this afternoon.” The secrecy surrounding the show is so intense that the celebrity contestants only discover who else has signed up when they arrive.
! has been granted the first exclusive access to the latest batch of Strictly contestants, all of whom are in a state of nervous excitement.
“It feels like the first day of term at the campest school in the country,” says impressionist Rory Bremner. “My great fear is I’m going to make Ann Widdecombe look like Ginger Rogers.”
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