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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 September 2007, 14:33 GMT 15:33 UK
Dancing show reveals new line-up
John Barnes and Stephanie Beacham
John Barnes will compete against Stephanie Beacham in the show
Former England footballer John Barnes and actress Stephanie Beacham are among the stars lined up for the fifth series of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing.

Actress and model Kelly Brook, rock star Rod Stewart's wife Penny and snooker player Willie Thorne are also joining next month's series.

Sports presenter Gabby Logan also features, with her Scottish rugby star husband Kenny.

Cricketer Mark Ramprakash won last year's series of the show.

John Barnes
(dancing with Nicole Cutler)
Brian Capron
(with Karen Hardy)
Matt Di Angelo
(with Flavia Cacace)
Gethin Jones
(with Camilla Dallerup)
Dominic Littlewood
(with Lilia Kopylova)
Kenny Logan
(with Ola Jordan)
Willie Thorne
(with Erin Boag)
The series pairs 14 celebrities with professional dancers, with viewers voting for their favourites each week.

Former EastEnders star Letitia Dean, singer Alesha Dixon and GMTV presenter Kate Garraway complete the show's female line-up.

Actor Brian Capron - best known for playing serial killer Richard Hillman in Coronation Street - joins EastEnders star Matt Di Angelo, Blue Peter host Gethin Jones and TV presenter Dominic Littlewood are the other men taking part in the series.

Bookmaker Ladbrokes made Brook and Di Angelo 5/1 favourites to win the series, with Jones, Barnes and Dixon at 6/1.

Stephanie Beacham (dancing with Vincent Simone)
Kelly Brook
(with Brendan Cole)
Letitia Dean (with Darren Bennett)
Alesha Dixon
(with Matthew Cutler)
Kate Garraway
(with Anton Du Beke)
Penny Lancaster-Stewart
(with Ian Waite)
Gabby Logan
(with James Jordan)
Beacham, Thorne and Littlewood were marked down as 16/1 outsiders.

Judges Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood, Arlene Phillips and Bruno Tonioli also return along with presenters Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly.

Forsyth said: "It's hard to believe this is the fifth series and the show goes from strength to strength. So many people I meet can't wait for it to return."

The daily spin-off show Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two will also return to BBC Two with Claudia Winkleman.

Proceeds from phone votes will go to Children In Need, which has already raised 4.7m from previous series.

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