And whaddya know - the rumours are all true! Minus their pro dancers - which we will see them meeting on Saturday's first show (6.25pm) - the celebs are:
Ann Widdecombe: Ex-Conservative MP and candidate for Blunt Speaker of the House; her pro partner may find her pretty vocal but hardworking!
Felicity Kendal: Still turning heads, the Good Life actress will no doubt be a classy turn. Can she 'let go' on the dance floor?
Gavin Henson: Probably the only male contestant in the history of Strictly to embrace the spray tan!
Goldie: As shown in previous celeb reality show Maestro, he'll do what it takes to be successful.
Jimi Mistry: Could be the one to surprise - actors can get into character, more importantly, he's well into dance music! Well, rave - but I'm expecting great things, Jimi - no pressure!
Kara Tointon: The token ex-Eastender - already an accomplished salsa dancer, with victory in Strictly Sport Relief with Ramps. This means diddly squat, however, when it comes to the public vote!
Matt Baker: Cute ex-Blue Peter presenter was a British gymnast when younger; stamina not a problem as the weeks progress.
Michelle Williams: The gospel singing third member of Destiny's Child has crossed the pond to entertain us; R'n'B roots should ensure great musicality. I can see Craig bobbing now ...
Pamela Stephenson: The original TV funny girl married to Billy Connolly, now a sexologist and clinical psychologist. Finally, someone who can explain Bruno!
Patsy Kensit: Strictly can take its toll on the celebs - but Patsy's private troubles means this could be the most stress -free, possible three months of her life!
Paul Daniels: Cue Brucie's ballroom battle of the catchphrases ...
Peter Shilton: No silly jokes about this being English football's only shot at a trophy this year. No. I will desist. Specially since they won their last two games ...
Scott Maslen: Token current Eastenders star. And no doubt already has an appreciation society on the message boards; will split the female vote with Gavin.
Tina O'Brien: And an ex-Corrie star, because the Beeb are an inclusive organisaton. Young, pretty and fit means nothing if she's quiet***.
Full biographies for each contestant can be found on the Strictly website.
*** ie, boring.