Kimberley Walsh insists she won't let Strictly Come Dancing get in the way of a Girls Aloud reunion… as contestants pose with their partners for the first time
15:06 GMT, 25 September 2012
She may be vigorously throwing herself into her training for Strictly Come Dancing.
But Kimberley Walsh has vowed her involvement in the BBC One show won't conflict with her plans to reunite with the rest of Girls Aloud to mark their 10-year anniversary in November.
The 30-year-old singer explained she 'might' perform alongside Cheryl Cole, Nicola Roberts, Sarah Harding and Nadine Coyle before Christmas, and has promised to 'work really hard' to fit it all in to her busy schedule.
Tipped for the top: Kimberley Walsh and her partner Pasha Kovalev have received backing from Girls Aloud's Nicola Roberts and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Going for gold: Olympians Victoria Pendleton and Louis Smith – who has confessed to suffering from a 'sore bum' – cuddle up to their respective partners, Brendan Cole and Flavia Cacace
She told OK! magazine: 'I'll just have to work really hard. Being on Strictly won't hold anything up that we already had planned. I'm going to get in trouble if I say any more!'
Posing alongside her professional partner, Pasha Kovalev, the star flaunted her incredible figure in a skimpy cut-out gold dress.
But Kimberley admitted she initally had reservations about the 'pressure' associated with taking part in a show as big as Strictly.
Going for glory: Jerry Hall and her partner Anton Du Beke (L) will face off against Fern Britton (R)
But Kimberley's Girls Aloud bandmate Nicola Roberts thinks her chum's amazing bottom will help her to win the coveted mirrorball trophy this year.
She told The Sun newspaper: 'I think with a smile and a bum like Kimberley's she doesn't have any competition. She is amazing. She is an amazing person in general. She's one of my best friends and she's just such a beautiful person.'
And even cricket star Michael Vaughan admitted his eldest daughter would be backing the pop princess.
Sizzling: Cricket star Michael Vaughan and his partner Natalie Lowe (L), and actor Colin Salmon with Kristina Rihanoff
He joked: 'I rang my kids and told them who was on the show. My eldest daughter, who is eight, said that she would be voting for Kimberley Walsh.'
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She later added: 'Ooh Charles was there too! Camilla said she'll vote for me on 'Strictly'! Ha (sic)!'
But it wasn't just the Strictly girls getting in to the swing of things for their photoshoot.
TV legend Johnny Ball showed off his ballroom skills with partner Aliona Vilani, while former EastEnders actor Sid Owen lifted his diminutive partner Ola Jordan up into the air.
TV's finest: Johnny Ball and his partner Aliona Vilani showed off their ballroom skills, while Richard Arnold posed alongside Erin Boag
And although Olympian Louis Smith – who is partnered alongside the stunning Flavia Cacace – smiled through the shoot, he admitted his 'bum cheeks' are already very sore from his vigorous training.
He told Reveal magazine: 'After the first bit of training for Strictly, my bum cheeks were so sore. So much pain.
'I spent two weeks in Marbella after the Olympics and I haven't been in the gym for two months.'
Perfect pairings: Actress Dani Harmer and her partner Vincent Simone, while the show's hosts Tess Daly and Sir Bruce Forsyth looked their usual glamorous selves