The sixth series of Strictly Come Dancing begins on Saturday night, with 16 new celebrity contestants competing for this year’s title.

This week’s show will see the men take to the dancefloor for the first time. The women will appear in a group dance but will not compete until next week.

And as per usual, one celebrity’s dance career will be over before it has even begun, with the first contestant getting the boot on Sunday evening’s results show.

According to bookmakers Paddy Power, veteran political journalist John Sergeant is the favourite to go, with odds of 13-8. Actor Don Warrington, at 5-2, is second favourite to get his marching orders.

Holby City star Tom Chambers remains favourite to win at 3-1, followed by former S Club 7 member Rachel Stevens at 9-2.

Meanwhile former EastEnders actor Phil Daniels has admitted he has “had stick” from his fellow football fans about his appearing on the show.

The ardent Chelsea supporter told The Sun“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. But I’ve had plenty of stick from the boys already.”

“I went to see the Chelsea v Tottenham match the other week and I walked into our usual pre-match pub. All of a sudden all these burly Chelsea boys started dancing.”

“They saw me, grabbed hold of each other and started twirling round the pub.”

And he also revealed that he was concerned about getting his marching orders in the very first week.

“All I ask is that I don’t get chucked out straight away,” Daniels said, “If you get knocked out early it’s really annoying because you’ve just sussed out how to do it.”

Strictly Come Dancing begins on BBC1 on Saturday at 6.10pm