It’s back and sparklier than ever – Strictly Come Dancing 2016 put on its dancing shoes tonight and matched up some winning couples.
This first episode just shows us who will be dancing together, before the contestants retreat to the training room for three weeks to be transformed into ballroom dancers.
How do they pad out basically picking teams into an hour and a half?! #Strictly— Matthew Pont (@matthewpont) September 3, 2016
But viewers already had serious dancer body envy.
Is there any way for me to get dancer's legs without the years of dancing? *picks up crisps* #Strictly— Maïa Dunphy (@MaiaDunphy) September 3, 2016
It wasn’t long before the traditional speculation started about who this year’s real-life couples would be.
Which couple will have the first relationship. #Strictly— governor (@davidhorspool1) September 3, 2016
Anyone spotted this year's home-wrecker yet? #strictly— Matthew Britten (@matthewbritten) September 3, 2016
And before the celebrity matchmaking got started, we were also excited to see our favourite hosts back on screen.
There seem to be an awful lot of nice contestants signed up this year – Louise Redknapp, Anastacia, Greg Rutherford, Will Young…
— Tom Stockton (@Tom__Stockton) September 3, 2016
We’ve already spotted this year’s comedians – Melvin Odoom, Judge Rinder and Tameka Empson.
Judge Rinder is jokes ahahaha— AD (@AlexDay96) September 3, 2016
Cannot wait to see Tameka dance. She's definitely going to be the life and soul of the party!#Strictly— Marissa Thomas (@marissatfooty) September 3, 2016
But let’s be honest, Strictly 2016 is about one man and one man only. Ed Balls. Here was the reaction of pro dancer Katya Jones at being partnered with him.
Fans could not believe what they were seeing in the group dance.
Based on that dance, Ed Balls has about as much chance of making it to Blackpool as Corbyn does to Downing St. #strictly— Daniel Pashley (@eurodan) September 3, 2016
I swear my daughter just pointed at Ed Balls and said "Daddy." #strictly— Maria Chi-Band (@itsasheactually) September 3, 2016
His outfit drew particular attention.
Ed Ball dressed like he's waiting for a flight #Strictly— Emma 🍂🎃 (@just_emmma) September 3, 2016
Ed Balls looks like a spangly darts player #Strictly— Sarah Jane O'Neill (@s_joneill) September 3, 2016
But if anyone was going to distract us from Ed, it was definitely Judge Rinder.
That looked dangerously like a sex face from Judge Rinder #strictly— WenchyLaRue (@wenchylarue) September 3, 2016
The next three weeks can’t go fast enough!