Strictly Come Dancing is set to hit our screens within weeks, as this year’s 15-strong line-up has finally been revealed.

With fans eager to see their favourite celebs hit the dancefloor, one of the show’s stars has now spilled the secrets about what goes on backstage - as well as who has a better chance of taking home the coveted Glitterball trophy this year.

Speaking to the Express , singer Lance Ellington claimed that athletes tend to have a bigger advantage over their fellow competitors as they have “stamina”.

He added: “But it boils down to whether they have the ability to learn something new.”

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This year’s line-up features four sports stars - rowing champ James Cracknell, former England Women footballer Alex Scott, Paralympic table tennis player Will Bayley and retired England goalie David James.

However, it has been a while since a sports star actually won the show.

Season 10 was won by retired British gymnast Louis Smith, while Season 7 saw former footballer turned TV presenter Christopher Hollins lift the trophy.

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Season 4 saw cricketer Mark Ramprakash waltz his way to victory and the year before, retired English cricketer Darren Gough took home the title.

Last year’s line-up included former England cricketer Graeme Swann and Paralympic swimmer Lauren Steadman but neither made it to the final.

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Lance also revealed that there is a “pool of songs” that producers will pick from for dancers’ routines, with the singer revealing that the highest scores often go to those set to ballads.

Strictly Come Dancing is expected to return to BBC One in September, with hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman returning for another year.

New Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse will be making her debut alongside regular panelists Bruno Tonioli, Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood.

Evening show It Takes Two will also be back, with Rylan Clark-Neal co-hosting alongside Zoe Ball.

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