Strictly Blackpool: Gemma Atkinson and Aljaz are having a ball

Strictly Blackpool: Gemma Atkinson and Aljaz Skorjanec give the thumbs up

Strictly Come Dancing’s Gemma Atkinson and Aljaz Skorjanec were in a fun mood as they arrived at Blackpool Tower wearing brightly-coloured novelty sunglasses.

The soap actress and her professional partner were joined in the popular seaside resort by their Strictly co-stars ahead of this weekend’s Blackpool Week special.

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Aljaz Skorjanec and Gemma Atkinson arriving at Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom (Peter Byrne/PA)


The episode is one of the highlights of the BBC1 dancing show every year, and is a milestone moment the celebrities aim for.

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Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez (Peter Byrne/PA)


Singer Alexandra Burke looked cheerful as she turned up alongside professional partner Gorka Marquez, as did Saturdays star Mollie King and partner AJ Pritchard.

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Mollie King and AJ Pritchard (Peter Byrne/PA)


Broadcaster Debbie McGee revealed her affection for the northern city with a printed “I (heart) BPL” bag as she arrived for rehearsals.

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Debbie McGee (Peter Byrne/PA)


The remaining four stars to make it through are Jonnie Peacock, Joe McFadden, Susan Calman and Davood Ghadami.

Aljaz took to Twitter to share a video of Gemma as she made her way into the world-famous venue for the first time.

The actress and radio presenter admitted she was “nervous”, but was stunned as she entered the ballroom.

“We’re going to dance in here,” she said, adding that it is a “magical” place.

Saturday night’s Blackpool extravaganza will see Atkinson and Skorjanec dance an American Smooth to Downtown by Petula Clark.

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Susan Calman and Kevin Clifton (Peter Byrne/PA)


Debbie and partner Giovanni Pernice are to attempt a samba to a Spice Girls medley, while Alexandra and Gorka are set to do a quickstep to The Gold Diggers’ Song (We’re In The Money) from musical 42nd Street.

After beating Ruth Langsford and Anton Du Beke in last week’s dance-off, Jonnie and his partner, Oti Mabuse, will tango to Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams.

Susan and partner Kevin Clifton will be doing a paso doble to a track from the film Strictly Ballroom, while Ghadami and Nadiya Bychkova will take on the same dance, but to Paul McCartney and Wings’ Live And Let Die.

Mollie and AJ will perform a Charleston to Little Mix’s Wings, and McFadden and Katya Jones will salsa to 1990s dance hit Ride On Time by Black Box.

Strictly Come Dancing’s Blackpool Week special airs on BBC1 at 6.45pm this Saturday.