OLA and James Jordan are avoiding the new series of Strictly by flying off on holiday.
The former Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers have taken a break from the UK’s dreary weather while the new series of the show kicks off this weekend.
The loved-up couple – who have both starred on Celebrity Big Brother too – relaxed as they wandered around in Skiathos in Greece.
Ola climbed onto the back of a quad bike driven by her husband as they drove to the beach for a day of sun worshipping.
Ola wore a simple black bikini covered with a mesh dress perfect for the hot weather.
James opted for pink shorts and a simple white t-shirt for his holiday outfit.
Mainstays of Strictly for years, James was axed from the show in 2014 and Ola opted to leave in 2016.
It comes as some of this year’s contestants have been revealed to already have dance experience.
Gemma Atkinson, 32, Alexandra Burke, 29, and Mollie King, 30, have dance backgrounds.
So do Debbie McGee, 58, Aston Merrygold, 29, Brian Conley, 56, Susan Calman, 42, and Chizzy Akudolu, 43 — meaning eight of the 15 entrants have some formal training. But all were keen to play down any advantage.
JLS star Aston, who was a judge on Sky1’s Got to Dance, said: “I taught myself, then a hobby became a career.”
Debbie trained as a ballet dancer and ran her own school with late husband Paul Daniels.
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She said: “I learned ballet and modern tap when I was a child and I did dance for a few years. But that was 35 years ago, so now it’s like starting from scratch.”
The only complete novices are Davood Ghadami, 35, Ruth Langsford, 57, Jonnie Peacock, 24, Joe McFadden, 41, the Rev Richard Coles, 55, Simon Rimmer, 54, and Charlotte Hawkins, 42.
New head judge Shirley Ballas joins Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood.
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