Welwyn Garden City footballer nets Strictly Come Dancing partner
PUBLISHED: 20:40 07 September 2019 | UPDATED: 14:52 06 October 2019
Welwyn Garden City's latest Strictly Come Dancing contestant David James has been teamed with their professional partner.
Former England goalkeeper James was partnered with Nadiya Bychkova on tonight's Strictly Come Dancing 2019 launch show on BBC One.
The pre-recorded programme was filmed at Elstree Studios last week but only aired tonight.
The new SCD series will start proper in a fortnight's time with the first live show on Saturday, September 21.
James, who went to Welwyn Garden City's Sir Frederic Osborn School, now Ridgeway Academy, played for Watford, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Manchester City, West Ham United and Portsmouth during a glittering playing career.
The 49-year-old will now be hoping to add the Strictly Glitterball trophy to his England caps and footballing medals.
Former England Lionesses international Alex Scott MBE, who lived in Welwyn Garden City during her time with Arsenal, has been teamed with professional Neil Jones on this year's Strictly series.
Ahead of the partnership being confirmed by Tess Daly, World Cup footballer and now TV pundit Alex said: "I'm so nervous!
"I've played in World Cups and everything and this is the most nerve-wracking thing ever!"
BBC TV sports presenter Mike Bushell has been teamed with Katya Jones, who recently split with Neil Jones.
Other partnerships include EastEnders' Emma Barton, who plays Honey Mitchell in the BBC One soap, with Anton Du Beke, stand-up comedian Chris Ramsey and Karen Hauer, and Olympic rowing gold medallist James Cracknell with Luba Mushtuk.
Former Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley becomes Johannes Radebe's first ever Strictly celeb partner, while CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual will dance with Amy Dowden.
YouTuber Saffron Barker has been paired with AJ Pritchard, while Michelle Visage will dance with Italian dancer Giovanni Pernice.
Radio DJ Dev Griffin and Dianne Buswell will team up for the latest series of the hit BBC One show, and Paralympian Will Bayley is set to partner Janette Manrara.
Aljaz Skorjanec's celeb partner is Viscountess Emma Weymouth, and Anneka Rice will join forces with reigning Strictly pro champion Kevin Clifton.
Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing was teamed with Oti Mabuse when the launch show was filmed, but has since pulled out of series 17 through injury.
Laing will be replace on the show by actor Kelvin Fletcher.