Strictly Come Dancing contestants unveiled as Jerry Hall tries and fails to disguise herself behind a Bruce Forsyth mask
10:18 GMT, 9 September 2012
The line-up includes a former supermodel, two Olympians and the captain of the first England cricket team to win the Ashes in 18 years.
Despite producers’ best efforts to keep their identities secret, Mail Online can today reveal the contestants who will be showing off their Latin and ballroom skills in the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing, which starts next weekend.
The 14 stars arrived at the Royal Academy of Dance in Battersea, South-West London, for the first day of rehearsals yesterday in a cavalcade of chauffeur-driven limousines with blacked-out windows.
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They emerged with their faces hidden behind masks featuring the face of Strictly’s veteran presenter Bruce Forsyth and their hoods pulled low – but the ruse wasn’t enough to preserve their anonymity.
One of the first to arrive was Texan-born former supermodel Jerry Hall, the ex-wife of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, whose elegant 6ft frame was unmistakable in a black-and-white striped top and navy trousers as she waved to fans.
She was preceded by former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan, who gave the game away immediately by introducing himself to his fellow contestant, Tracy Beaker actress Dani Harmer.
New friends: Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan, left, will join Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer, pictured with Tyger Drew Honey
Addressing the 23-year-old in his distinctive Yorkshire accent, Vaughan said: ‘Hi, I’m Mike.’ The 37-year-old, who led England to victory in the 2005 Ashes, is an early tip for series victor.
If he is crowned champion, it would complete a hat-trick of cricketers winning Strictly, following Darren Gough in 2005 and ex-batsman Mark Ramprakash in 2006.
Hall, 56, has been booked to inject some glamour into the tenth-anniversary series, alongside former Big Breakfast host Denise Van Outen, 38, and Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh, 30.
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Meanwhile, Britain’s Olympic team will be represented by cyclist Victoria Pendleton, 31, and gymnast Louis Smith, 23, who both brought home two medals from London 2012.
Later arrivals included former This Morning host Fern Britton, 55; Westlife star Nicky /09/08/article-2200446-0BA0226E00000578-678_306x593.jpg” width=”306″ height=”593″ alt=”Shake it: Fern Britton will have her work cut out trying to compete against Olympian medal winner Victoria Pendleton” class=”blkBorder” />
Shake it: Fern Britton will have her work cut out trying to compete against Olympian medal winner Victoria Pendleton
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Once inside, the celebrities were introduced to Strictly’s professional dancers for the first time before slipping into their dance shoes to practise a group routine that will be seen when Strictly returns to BBC1 on Saturday. Viewers will also watch the celebrities being paired up with their professional partners.
The couples then have three weeks off air to prepare for the first live programme on Friday, October 5.