With just 15 days to go until Strictly Come Dancing, how are the contestants shaping up?

The countdown has begun until the Strictly Come Dancing celebrities take their first turn around the dancefloor and rehearsals have begun in earnest.

Katya Jones has been putting Ed Balls through his paces but also taken time to come up with a team name.

Singer Anastacia and partner Brendan Cole posted a video from rehearsals where she said he was “killing me” and was a “slave driver”.

Louise Redknapp said she is already suffering from some aches and pains after a cruelling workout from partner Kevin Clifton.

Even gymnast Claudia Fragapane seemed to be exhausted by partner AJ Pritchard.

Daisy Lowe knows a team dances on its stomach and whipped up some buckwheat pancakes for her partner Aljaz Skorjanec.

Laura Whitmore’s partner Giovanni Pernice revealed that he has worn out the TV presenting star, posting this video in which she complains about only getting a three-minute rest.

I think her face says it all.

Will Young and his partner Karen Clifton look far happier, it might be all the caffeine.

Meanwhile, Olympian Greg Rutherford and his partner Natalie Lowe are focusing on the important things – looking for their own team name.

Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton seem to have locked that one down.

But their hard work appears to be far from over.

We can’t wait to see how the rest of rehearsals go!

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