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Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima lead the Strictly stars heading to rehearsals after first live show

The first live show of the new series suffered a ratings drop of over a million viewers. 

And on Monday, Kym Marsh, 46 rocked edgy athleisurewear as she and Graziano Di Prima, 28, led the Strictly Come Dancing stars heading to rehearsals. 

The glamorous grandmother teamed skin-tight black leggings and Nike trainers with an eye-catching jumper from The Couture Club. 

Putting in the hours: On Monday, Kym Marsh, 46 rocked edgy athleisurewear as she and Graziano Di Prima, 28, led the Strictly Come Dancing stars heading to rehearsals

Kym looked fabulous with her ombre tresses styled into stunning waves and her natural beauty enhanced with a gorgeous make-up look. 

Her pro dance partner Graziano looked equally stylish in a black tracksuit and leather boots, which he wore with a biker jacket. 

Comedian Jayde Adams, 37, made a statement with her tank top, which was emblazoned with the words: ‘Choose Love.’

The blonde bombshell was ready for a day of dancing in a comfy pair of black trousers and trainers. 

Edgy: The glamorous grandmother wore an eye-catching jumper from The Couture Club

Edgy: The glamorous grandmother wore an eye-catching jumper from The Couture Club

Looking good: She teamed her jumper with skin-tight black leggings and Nike trainers

Looking good: She teamed her jumper with skin-tight black leggings and Nike trainers

Ready to go! Comedian Jayde Adams, 37, made a statement with her tank top, which was emblazoned with the words: 'Choose Love'

Ready to go! Comedian Jayde Adams, 37, made a statement with her tank top, which was emblazoned with the words: ‘Choose Love’

Ready to get loose: Kaye Adams, 59, arrived at rehearsals in khaki trousers and a white tee

Ready to get loose: Kaye Adams, 59, arrived at rehearsals in khaki trousers and a white tee

It comes after it emerged that the first live show of the new series was watched by an average of 6.8 million viewers, according to overnight ratings.

This was a drop in viewing figures from 2021’s first live show which was watched by an average 7.9 million.

Saturday marked the first competition night of the popular show with 15 couples battling it out on the dance floor, which attracted a peak of 7.2 million viewers, the BBC has said.

Cool: Actress Molly Rainford, 21, showed off her edgy style in quilted leather look trousers and a padded coat

Cool: Actress Molly Rainford, 21, showed off her edgy style in quilted leather look trousers and a padded coat

Here come the boys: Kai Widdrington, 27, had his hands full

Rehearsal time: Carlos Gu, 28, arrived to get his celeb partner ready for the second live show

Here come the boys: Kai Widdrington, 27, and Carlos Gu, 28, has their hands full as they arrived to get their celeb partners ready for the second live show

Dipping down: The first live show of the new series of Strictly Come Dancing was watched by an average of 6.8 million viewers, according to overnight ratings (Will Mellor and his professional partner Nancy Xu pictured on show)

Dipping down: The first live show of the new series of Strictly Come Dancing was watched by an average of 6.8 million viewers, according to overnight ratings (Will Mellor and his professional partner Nancy Xu pictured on show)

Viewing numbers were also down for the show’s launch episode on Friday which saw the celebrity contestants paired up with their professional partners.

It was watched by an average of 5.4 million viewers, with a peak audience of 5.6 million.

While last year’s series launch received an average of 7.0 million viewers, peaking at 7.3 million.

The BBC declined to comment on viewing figures. 

New figures: This was a drop in viewing figures from 2021's first live show which was watched by an average 7.9 million (Fleur East and her professional partner Vito Coppola pictured on show)

New figures: This was a drop in viewing figures from 2021’s first live show which was watched by an average 7.9 million (Fleur East and her professional partner Vito Coppola pictured on show)

This year’s launch show was due to air on Saturday September 17 but was postponed due to schedule changes ahead of the Queen’s funeral. Instead the BBC showed the launch just a day before the first live show.

Saturday’s show saw actor Will Mellor and wildlife presenter Hamza Yassin place joint top of the leaderboard, both achieving an impressive score of 34 in week one.

Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps star Mellor performed an electric jive to Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin with his partner Nancy Xu which impressed judges Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas so much that they gave him a standing ovation.

Born to perform: Saturday marked the first competition night of the popular show with 15 couples battling it out on the dance floor, which attracted a peak of 7.2 million viewers (Richie Anderson (front) pictured with his professional partner Giovanni Pernice on show)

Born to perform: Saturday marked the first competition night of the popular show with 15 couples battling it out on the dance floor, which attracted a peak of 7.2 million viewers (Richie Anderson (front) pictured with his professional partner Giovanni Pernice on show)

Yassin and his partner Jowita Przystal also dazzled with their joyful foxtrot to Islands In The Stream by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers to secure their top mark.

Britain’s Got Talent finalist Molly Rainford and new professional Carlos Gu came in third with a score of 31 for their energetic samba.

Following their routine to Kiss My (Uh Oh) by Anne Marie and Little Mix, Mabuse described the singer and actress as a ‘shooting star’.

Dance competition: Viewing numbers were also down for the show's launch episode on Friday which saw the celebrity contestants paired up with their professional partners (Kym Marsh and her professional partner Graziano Di Prima pictured on show)

Dance competition: Viewing numbers were also down for the show’s launch episode on Friday which saw the celebrity contestants paired up with their professional partners (Kym Marsh and her professional partner Graziano Di Prima pictured on show)

Singer Fleur East and new professional Vito Coppola took fourth place, with a score of 29, for their electric cha cha cha to Let’s Get Loud by Jennifer Lopez which closed out the show.

The 20th series also features two same-sex pairings, among them reigning champion Giovanni Pernice and BBC Radio 2’s Richie Anderson who delivered an energetic cha cha cha to I’m Your Man by Wham! for their first routine.

Comedian and actor Jayde Adams and professional Karen Hauer are the show’s second female same-sex couple, following in the footsteps of Katya Jones and Olympic gold medallist boxer Nicola Adams who were paired up in 2020.

Adams and Hauer received a standing ovation from judges Mabuse and Ballas after they performed a lively samba routine to Dirrty by Christina Aguilera featuring Redman, landing them a score of 23.  

Strictly returns on Saturday evening at 6.30pm on BBC One while Strictly: It Takes Two starts on Monday at 6.30pm on BBC Two.

Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Who are the couples?

HELEN SKELTON AND GORKA MARQUEZ 

Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez

Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez

Celebrity’s age: 39

Profession: TV and radio broadcaster

Helen says: ‘I’m really excited to get stuck into a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started’

ELLIE SIMMONDS AND NIKITA KUZMIN 

Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Guzman

Ellie Simmonds and Nikita Guzman

Celebrity’s age: 27

Profession: Former athlete 

Ellie says: ‘To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to so much fun.’

ELLIE TAYLOR AND JOHANNES RADEBE 

Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe

Ellie Taylor and Johannes Radebe

Celebrity’s age: 38

Profession: Comedian

Ellie says: ‘Well, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I’m absolutely over the moon to be a part of Strictly 2022!’

FLEUR EAST AND VITO COPPOLA 

Fleur East and Vito Coppola

Fleur East and Vito Coppola

Celebrity’s age: 34 

Profession: Singer

Fleur says:  ‘I’m equally nervous and thrilled to be part of this year’s Strictly line up. I’m excited to learn new skills and I want to soak up every moment of this magical experience.’

JAMES BYE AND AMY DOWDEN 

James Bye and Amy Dowden

James Bye and Amy Dowden

Celebrity’s age: 38

Profession: EastEnders actor

James says ‘I’m not known for my shimmy or my twinkle toes – in fact my kids regularly laugh at my dad dancing but it’s an honour to be asked and I’m going to give it my best shot.’

JAYDE ADAMS AND KAREN HAUER 

Jayde Adams and Karen Hauer

Jayde Adams and Karen Hauer

Celebrity’s age: 37

Profession: Comedian

Jayde says: ‘I’ve been a massive fan of the show for years. I feel like I’m watching myself in a dream and I can’t believe I’ve manifested this.’

TYLER WEST AND DIANNE BUSWELL 

Tyler West and Dianne Buswell

Tyler West and Dianne Buswell

Celebrity’s age: 26

Profession: Radio DJ

Tyler says: ‘It’s a show that means so much to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously shake a leg on that shiny dance floor… with a side of sequins.’

HAMZA YASSIN AND JOWITA PRZYSTAL 

Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal

Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal

Celebrity’s age: 35

Profession: Wildlife cameraman and presenter

Hamza says: ‘I am absolutely over the moon to be joining Strictly 2022. Never in a million years did I think I’d be on such a cool show.’

RICHIE ANDERSON AND GIOVANNI PERNICE 

Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice

Richie Anderson and Giovanni Pernice

Celebrity’s age: 34

Profession: Radio presenter 

Richie says: ‘This is a dream come true! I cannot wait to get in those sparkles and sequins and shimmy across the most famous dance floor in the world!’

KYM MARSH AND GRAZIANO DI PRIMA 

Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima

Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima

Celebrity’s age: 46

Profession: Coronation Street star and presenter

Kym says: ‘I’m so delighted that this year they have! I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m going to go from watching at home in my pyjamas to actually dancing in front of the judges in a glittery dress.’

MATT GOSS AND NADIYA BYCHKOVA 

Matt Goss and Nadiya Bychkova

Matt Goss and Nadiya Bychkova

Celebrity’s age: 53

Profession: Singer

Matt says: ‘I’ve been reclusive, I come and work and then go back to America. I thought, it’s time for me to come home and get out of my own way’

MOLLY RAINFORD AND CARLOS GU 

Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu

Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu

Age: 21

Profession: Singer 

Molly says: ‘I already know it’s gonna be an experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Strictly family I’ll be sharing it with.’

WILL MELLOR AND NANCY XU 

Will Mellor and Nancy Xu

Will Mellor and Nancy Xu

Celebrity’s age: 46

Profession: Actor

Will says: ‘I know it will be a huge challenge but that’s what life is all about. This is also my Mum’s favourite show and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing this is for her as well. Bring it on!’

TONY ADAMS AND KATYA JONES 

Tony Adams and Katya Jones

Tony Adams and Katya Jones

Celebrity’s age: 55

Profession: Retired footballer and manager

Tony says:  ‘To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of the sequins and the call of the salsa has me swapping my battered old football boots for a set of Strictly soft shoes’

KAYE ADAMS AND KAI WIDDRINGTON 

Kaye Adams and Kai Widdrington

Kaye Adams and Kai Widdrington

Celebrity’s age: 59 

Profession: Television presenter 

Kaye says: ‘I said I wanted to make the last year of my fifties memorable and i can’t think of a better way of doing it than showing the world my two left feet. Pray for me!’ 

 

 

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