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For huge fans of Strictly Come Dancing, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity.
For the first time in the show's history, people who aren't soap stars or singers are being given the chance to pull on the sequins and partner with a Strictly professional, performing in the ballroom in front of millions - all in the name of charity.
11,000 people applied to take part in The People's Strictly for Comic Relief, but only these six were chosen...
1. Trishna Bharadia & Aljaz Scorjanec
Trishna, who is a Multiple Sclerosis and disability fundraiser, tells DS that she loves Strictly Come Dancing. She has the programme on series record, and watches the show every week with her sister.
"We'll always try and guess what the judges' scores are going to be and all of that stuff," she explains.
And she's a "big" fan of her partner Aljaz, who she'll be dancing a jive with. »
The People's Strictly for Comic Relief has announced which professional dancers will be taking part in the show.
The news comes after the BBC unveiled the six people who will be taking part in the show as a reward for their "tireless and selfless work which has helped change so many lives for the better".
They are Phillip Barnett, Trishna Bharadia, Anna Kennedy OBE, Cassidy Little, Heather Parsons and Michael Pattie - although details of which pro will be paired with which contestant have not yet been revealed.
The pros will take their partner behind the scenes on Strictly Come Dancing and immerse them "in the full showbiz experience" before five weeks of dance training to help them prepare to take to the famous Strictly dance floor. »
The four-part series, which will air in the lead-up to Red Nose Day on Friday, March 13, selected the six individuals for their "tireless and selfless work which has helped change so many lives for the better".
The contestants who will perform in the ballroom include:
- Phillip Barnett, who has raised more than £2 million after founding a children's theatre charity 20 years ago;
- Trishna Bharadia, who as an Ms sufferer has worked to raise awareness around the condition;
- Anna Kennedy OBE, who set up the UK's largest school for autism;
- Cassidy Little, who lost the lower half of his leg in an explosion while serving as a medic in Afghanistan and has helped his colleagues through rehab;
- Heather Parsons, who set up a charity to support intensive care patients »
3 items from 2015
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