IT’S the show that gets ballroom fans in a spin and brings sequins and sashays to the small screen.
But for one teenager, Strictly Come Dancing is more than just a dance competition.
It has given Tom Cawte his first break in the world of television acting.
Tom, 19, has become a familiar face as the paperboy in the promotional trailer for Strictly, which is being shown frequently on BBC channels in the run-up to the start of the show on Sunday.
Former Swanmore College pupil Tom said: ‘It is bizarre.
‘It is the first time I’ve been on TV and every time I turn around I keep seeing me doing the Strictly dip.’
Strictly Come Dancing returns for its 12th season this weekend and before the celebrities join their partners, Tom can be seen on the trailer performing the Strictly dip – where his female partner bends him back over her knee.
Tom, from Bishop’s Waltham, said working with the gorgeous girls was a particular highlight.
He said: ‘It was great fun to film. I went up to London and the producers put me with so many beautiful ladies. I even got to dance with a supermodel.’
Tom funds his acting dream by working part-time at Ron Upfield Ltd, an electrical goods retailer in Bishop’s Waltham, and his fame is proving a good sales point, especially in the television department.
He said: ‘Every time I turn around, there I am again.
‘It’s not where I thought my TV break would come from, but television is where I can see myself in the future. It’s where I would love to be.’
Tom, who studied drama at Barton Peveril College and explored his love of acting at Groundlings Theatre in Portsmouth, is also setting his sights on the film industry.
He shot scenes for upcoming film, London Fields, starring Johnny Depp and Billy Bob Thornton, earlier this year and had a great time.
Tom, of Sycamore Road, said: ‘It was a real eye-opener. Working with them was fantastic and they were lovely, down-to-earth people. I loved it.’
Tom said he was not usually a Strictly fan, but he will be taking an interest in this year’s show as one of his favourite DJs Scott Mills will be taking part.
Scott will be one of 15 celebrities – including pop star Pixie Lott, Masterchef presenter Gregg Wallace and Frankie Bridge from The Saturdays – who will take to the dance floor as Strictly returns to BBC One at 8pm on Sunday.
Strictly fans will be pleased to see judges Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli make a return.
Tess Daley and Claudia Winkleman will co-host after Sir Bruce Forsyth stepped down last season.