Naga Munchetty pairs with Pasha Kovalev in Strictly 2016

The battle for the Glitterball is on! British Asian TV presenter Naga Munchetty partners up with Russian hottie Pasha Kovalev in Strictly Come Dancing 2016.

Naga Munchetty pairs with Pasha Kovalev in Strictly 2016

“I’m hoping I can get some tips from them!”

BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty will be sashaying on the dance floor with Pasha Kovalev in the 14th season of Strictly Come Dancing.

In true Strictly tradition, the launch show starts with an epic number all the way from the red carpet to the studio.

Host Jess Daly then unveils 15 pairings of celebrities and professional dancers, who will be battling to be champion in the reality TV competition.

Naga, looking radiant in a fiery red dress, cannot hold her excitement as Jess announces her partner is former champion Pasha.

After the energetic group performance at the end of the show, the British Asian dancing star tweets:

Naga is not the first BBC presenter to join Strictly: “Chris Hollins, Susanna Reid, Carol [Kirkwood] – all did brilliantly. I’m hoping I can get some tips from them.”

She also talks about her preferred dance types in an interview: “If I have to choose between ballroom and Latin, it would have to be Latin. Just because I think it is more instinctive.”

Naga Munchetty pairs with Pasha Kovalev in Strictly 2016The journalist describes herself as ‘stubborn, determined and a perfectionist’ – qualities that should work magic with the patient and ambitious Pasha.

Besides, five seasons’ worth of Strictly experience and a 2014 victory with Caroline Flack will hopefully play to his and Naga’s advantage!

The launch show also welcomes back 2015 winners Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani for a mesmerising jive performance, as well as popular singers Rebecca Ferguson and Olly Murs.

Here is the full list of the 15 Strictly celebrity contestants and their dancing partners:

  • Anastacia and Brendan Cole
  • Claudia Fragapane and AJ Pritchard
  • Daisy Lowe and Aljaž Skorjanec
  • Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse
  • Ed Balls and Katya Jones
  • Greg Rutherford and Natalie Lowe
  • Laura Whitmore and Giovanni Pernice
  • Lesley Joseph and Anton Du Beke
  • Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton
  • Melvin Odoom and Janette Manrara
  • Naga Munchetty and Pasha Kovalev
  • Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton
  • Judge Robert Rinder and Oksana Platero
  • Tameka Empson and Gorka Marquez
  • Will Young and Karen Clifton

Naga Munchetty pairs with Pasha Kovalev in Strictly 2016Strictly Come Dancing Season 14 will return to BBC One on September 23 and 24, 2016 with Jess Daly and Claudia Winkleman when the live shows begin.

With a unique line-up consisting of Olympians, singers and a politician, the show will undoubtedly be a major spectacle!

This year’s judges are Darcey Bussell, Bruno Toniolo, Craig Revel Horwood and Len Goodman, who will be gracing the Strictly panel for the last time.

Good luck to all the contestants and may the best dancer win the coveted Glitterball trophy!

Scarlett is an avid writer and pianist. Originally from Hong Kong, egg tart is her cure for homesickness. She loves music and film, enjoys travelling and watching sports. Her motto is “Take a leap, chase your dream, eat more cream.”

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