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Strictly stars prepare for ballroom glitz and glamour

The BBC1 show kicks off on Friday 27 September. Photo: Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire

Celebrities on this year's Strictly Come Dancing have outdone last year's batch by putting in way more training during their first week.

The couples of the ballroom have been photographed together for the first time ahead of the show's launch at the end of this month.

Hollyoaks star Ashley Taylor Dawson is among those who have been putting every spare moment into their routines, as he dances until midnight each day after finishing filming on his Channel 4 soap.

The actor, partnered with professional dancer Ola Jordan, has been finishing filming and then starting his training at 8pm, finishing at 2am on one occasion.

The celebs are really going for it, the majority have been training five days a week already, compared to last year's four days. And some of them are putting in extra hours over the weekend to push things further.

They're a competitive bunch and no one wants to fall at the first hurdle when it comes to the first live shows in two weeks.

– Strictly Come Dancing Show source

BBC Breakfast host Susanna Reid has been battling fatigue with what she calls "micro-sleeps" during training as she fits rehearsals into her busy days which involve commuting between her London home and the studios in Salford where her morning show is filmed.

"I'm not really falling asleep, my eyelids just close for longer than they should," she said.

The BBC1 show kicks off on Friday 27 September.

Here are the celebrities who will be hitting the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom later this month:

Contestants Artem Chigvinstev and Natalie Gumede. Credit: Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire
Contestants Kevin Clifton and Susanna Reid. Credit: Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire
Contestants Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev. Credit: Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire
Contestants Janette Manrara and Julien Macdonald. Credit: Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire
Contestants James Jordan and Vanessa Feltz. Credit: Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire
Contestants Ola Jordan and Ashley Taylor Dawson. Credit: Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire
Contestants Kristina Rihanoff and Ben Cohen. Credit: Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire
Contestants Anton Du Beke and Fiona Fullerton. Credit: Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire
Contestants Sophie Ellis-Bexter and Brendan Cole. Credit: Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire
Contestants Anya Garnis and Patrick Robinson. Credit: Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire
Contestants Karen Hauer and Dave Myers. Credit: Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire
Contestants Aliona Vilani and Tony Jacklin. Credit: Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire
Contestants Abbey Clancy and Aljaz Skorjanec. Credit: Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire
Contestants Deborah Meaden and Robin Windsor. Credit: Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire
Contestants Mark Benton and Iveta Lukosiute. Credit: Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire