Take That duo to treat 'Strictly' viewers

Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow are to perform on 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The pop stars are set to unite to perform their new duet 'Shame' on Saturday October 2, during the new-look series' first weekend of live shows, while the celebrity pairings dance along with the track.

Moira Ross, Executive Producer, said: "Having Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow performing on our first live weekend is a fantastic way to kick off this series. With all 14 celebrity couples either dancing a Waltz or a Cha Cha Cha, it's going to be an exciting start to the show."

Robbie rekindled his friendship with his Take That bandmate last year over a decade of animosity, and as well as releasing their own single, the 'Angels' hitmaker plans to release an album and go on tour with the group.

The 14 contestants - which include Tina O'Brien, Kara Tointon, Patsy Kensit, Gavin Henson and Ann Widdecome - are currently training hard with their new professional dance partners ahead of their first live performances early next month.

Fellow contestant DJ Goldie is taking his training so seriously, he's taken up Bikram yoga - which consists of a series of body-contorting postures performed in temperatures of 105 degrees Fahrenheit - to get in shape for the show.

He tweeted: "Good morning world off to Bikram baby ! What a beautiful day, then more dancing!! I'm gonna crack this you watch! (sic)"

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