The disco ball is being dusted off as Dundee prepares for its most glamorous charity event of the year.
Strictly Come Prancing takes place this Saturday at 7pm, with 11 couples taking to the stage in support of children’s charity Help for Kids.
The event, featuring fashion icon Gok Wan as head judge, is being supported by the Evening Telegraph, Wave FM and the Overgate Shopping Centre.
The night is being hosted by the Apex Hotel, and the nerves and excitement are beginning to build as the big day approaches.
With precious little rehearsal time left, the Tele caught up with some of the couples before they take their bow.
Iain McLeod, 32, and fiancée Jemma Ward, 29, from St Mary’s, are one duo in the spotlight.
Jemma said: “All the other couples have been really supportive and I think we are all going to go for it on the night.”
Another couple – Carolyn McLaren, 41, from Stobswell, and Mark Rice, 39, from Fintry – are also taking the plunge on Saturday. Mark said: “We have been putting in as much practise as we can at home because we live together.
“We’re really excited and looking forward to meeting Gok Wan.”
It’s not just couples taking to the stage – long-term friends Derek Miller, 41, from Letham, and Jenni MacFarlane, 43, from Ballumbie, have teamed up to raise money for the kids charity.
Derek said: “I cannot wait, I’m absolutely buzzing. I was a nervous wreck at the start. We’re so proud to be part of it all and I have loved every minute of it.”
Help for Kids ambassadors Aileen Bollan, from the East End, and Richard Leslie, from Fintry, will be performing at the event, in support of the cause.
Richard said: “We were the first to sign up so have just thrown ourselves into it. It’s been really good getting out of our comfort zones. The dancing has just taken over, we’ve been practising about three times a week.”
One contestant, Amy Watson, 30, is taking to the floor with her boss, Andrew McMahon, 39.
The couple are pairing up for the ballroom after Andrew gave Amy away at her wedding.
Amy said: “We’re doing about 20 hours of dancing this week, we’re just going for it. We have progressed a lot since the start and we’re definitely going to put on a show. We’re both quite natural performers, but whether we could be the winners, I don’t know.”
Grant James Mulholland, 34, from Broughty Ferry, and Shirene Smith, 48, from Charleston, have been brought together by the event.
The pair were strangers before the competition kicked off and joined the rest of the couples on Monday evening for a dance rehearsal.
Shirene said: “I’m feeling a lot better since the rehearsal this week, 100 times better.
“It made me feel much more relaxed. I hope no one falls over.”
Family friends, Mark Dunlop, 46, and Kelly Leslie, 39, missed the first six weeks of training due to holidays in Australia and Florida.
Now getting firmly into their stride, Kelly said: “We’re both really excited and the routine is really coming along great.
“I will be quite nervous but Mark is quite confident.”
The winning couple will be crowned on Saturday evening after the 11 couples perform in front of an audience of 750 people.
All the funds raised on the night go to Help for Kids.
it is almost here and for once I can genuinely say I am really excited for Saturday.
On Monday all of the couples got together alongside Urban Moves to share our hard work and perform our routines in front of an audience for the first time.
It was great to catch up with couples that I hadn’t seen for 12 weeks since our induction and hear how they had got on.
When we got up to perform my belly was turning so I can only imagine what it will be like under the bright lights on Saturday, however they quickly disappeared and I actually enjoyed myself.
Each and every one of the dances are unbelievable so if you have a ticket for Saturday night you are in for a treat.
The Tele’s own Amy Hall is excited for the big day, as she and David Cura try to prance their way to victory while raising money for a fantastic cause.