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Strictly Come Dancing 2019 start date | Plus celeb line-up and judges – Radio Times

Strictly Come Dancing 2019 start date | Plus celeb line-up and judges – Radio Times

21 September 2019 NEWS



Strictly Come Dancing will take over Saturday nights in all its glittering glory once again this autumn.

And a whole new line-up of celebrities will be strutting their stuff in the Strictly ballroom in a bid to win the coveted Glitterball Trophy.

But when will the contest be back on our screens? Whichcelebrities are joining the line-up? And who are the judges and hosts?

Here’s everything you need to know…

When is Strictly Come Dancing back on TV?

Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One onSaturday, 7th September. Its live shows startSaturday 21st September at 7pm.

Start your engines,#Strictlyis back in 15 days! Saturday 7th September@BBCOne@michellevisagepic.twitter.com/pEJVgUNaLG

— BBC Strictly ✨ (@bbcstrictly)August 23, 2019

Last year the pre-recorded launch show aired at the beginning of September before the competition kicked off two weeks later.

Kylie Minogue is set to open star-studded Strictly launch show, the Queen of Pop slated to perform a medley of her biggest hits as thedance professionalsdeliver apredictably dazzling dance routine.

The opening show will also feature musical performances from Mark Ronson and Grammy-award-winning artist YEBBA.

Is there a trailer?

Yes, there is – this glitzy trainer shows all our Strictly pros in action – sequins at the ready…

Who is joining the Strictly 2019 line-up? 

ComedianChris Ramsey, ex-footballerDavid Jamesand EastEnders starEmma Bartonwere the first three names announced in this year’s 15 strong line-up.

The group, which was teased out on TV and radio over a two week period, also includes Olympic and Paralympic championsJames CracknellandWill Bayley, BBC Radio 1’sDev Griffin, former Coronation StreetCatherine Tyldesley, YouTuberSaffron Barker, BBC Breakfast reporterMike Bushell, Drag Race’sMichelle Visage, footballer-turned-punditAlex Scott, ViscountessEmma Weymouth, and CBBC presenterKarim Zeroual.

TV presenterAnneka Ricewas the 15th and final announcement and joked she will be the Ann Widdecombe of the series.

Made in Chelsea starJamie Laingwas originally part of the line-up, but had todepart due to injury, with Emmerdale actorKelvin Fletcherstepping in to replace him.

Who are the Strictly pro dancers?

The Strictly pros for 2019were confirmed in June this year, with favourites Anton du Beke, Kevin Clifton and AJ Pritchard all set to return for another spin on the dance floor.

The only face we will not be seeing isPasha Kovalev who announced in Februarythat he is departing for pastures new.

Chinese Latin dancerNancy Xu is joining the Strictly family as a profor the 2019 series.

Who are the judges on Strictly?

Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Head Judge Shirley Ballas will all be back on the panel this year – with new additionMotsi Mabuse.

Motsi Mabuse (BBC)

The 38-year-old is the sister of Strictly proOti Mabuse, and has previously starred as a professional dancer and judge in Germany’s answer to the show, Let’s Dance.

Motsi said of her appointment: “I am absolutely overjoyed to be joining the Strictly judging panel. I have so much respect and admiration for the other three judges and hope to add my own bit of sparkle to the show. I can’t wait to get started!”

Motsi replaces outgoing judge Darcey Bussell, who decided toquit the show in Aprilafter seven series. The former ballet dancer was quick to make it clear that her decision was not based on“any upset or disagreement at all”.

“I am just stepping away to give more focus to my many other commitments in dance, after seven truly wonderful years that I can’t imagine having gone any better,” she said.“I hope that I may be very lucky to be asked back again one day”.

Who are the hosts on Strictly?

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will return to the ballroom this autumn to present the show in their now classic double act.

Strictly Come Dancing presenters Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly

Is Strictly live? 

Yes. Strictly Come Dancing is broadcast live every Saturday night, but the Sunday night results show is pre-recorded.

Where is Strictly filmed? 

Strictly is filmed at Elstree Studios, apart from one week each year when the show is on location in Blackpool for a special episode at the famous Tower Ballroom. 

Strictly Xmas (BBC)

When is the Strictly 2019 final? 

The Strictly live shows usually run for 13 weeks per series, which means the grand final is likely to air in December a week or two before Christmas.

Who won Strictly 2018?

FilmmakerStacey Dooley and her pro partner Kevin Cliftonlifted the coveted Glitterball Trophy last year.

Is Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two returning?

Zoe Ball’s spin-off show is returning with a brand new format –and a new co-host in the shape of former X Factor star Rylan Clark-Neal. It’ll air on weekdays in the lead up to the Saturday show.

Is there a Strictly Come Dancing podcast?

Yes, BBC Sounds has their own official podcast hosted by last year’s finalist Joe Sugg –but we have our very own Strictly podcast here at RadioTimes.com! Titled Strictly Between Us with special guests and expert analysis, each episode is available to download every Monday.

What is the Strictly curse?

Strictly is infamous for spawning new relationships between celebrity contestants and pro dancers – but sometimes this can lead to affairs and heartbreak, withSeann Walsh and Katya Jones’s kiss making headlines last year.

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