Strictly Come Dancing: the celebrities reveal what they're looking for in their professional partners

Sugar and spice and all things nice … is this what this year’s Strictly Come Dancing celebrities want from their dance partners?

Not necessarily.

We have a sneak peek at what some of them are looking for in their dance partners:

Ed Balls

“I’m going to need a dance partner who is patient, creative and a bit of a DIY paint and decorator because I think there are going to be quite a few cracks to paint over. My experience of watching Strictly over many years is that all of the dancers are really professional and I’m just looking forward to getting my partner and getting on with it.”

Robert Rinder

“Patience and authentic meanness – I want her to be splendid and super-honest and super-mean. Also I want her to be profoundly competitive with the other contestants so I don’t have to be.”

Claudia Fragapane

“Someone who is not too tall, who has patience but also who will work me hard – I am very used to that!”

Lesley Joseph

“I’m looking for somebody who will have the patience to guide me through, who will have a lot of fun and who will tailor the dances according to what I can do. I would rather do something slightly simpler and do it really well than do something so complicated it looks like I’m not brilliant at all. I want somebody who will help me look good.”

Naga Munchetty

“Someone who is just going to kick my butt, basically. I will try my very, very best and I will work hard but I need someone who is going to go just get on with it – ‘There’s no can’t, just do it’.”

:: The Strictly Come Dancing launch show is on BBC One on Saturday at 6.50pm.

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