17 things Strictly Come Dancing wouldn’t be the same without

Glitter. Sparkles. The Glitterball trophy. More glitter.

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Aside from new school shoes and the reappearance of our moth-nibbled winter coats, the end of summer only means one thing: Saturday night telly getting good again. 

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We’ve got wannabes singing their hearts out on The X Factor over on ITV and 15 brand new celebrities limbering up on BBC1. But while The X Factor is looking a little different this year –  we’ve got format changes, new hosts and a new judging panel – Strictly is staying pretty much the same.

And it’s a good job too. We like it that way, because the Saturday night show wouldn’t be the same without…  

1. The sparkles

2. Rhinestones

3. And glitter.

4. The incredible make-up

5. All that fake tan

6. The flamboyant costumes…

7. And the revealing ones.

8. The passion

9. The drama 

10. The tears

11. Bruno Tonioli’s unique brand of feedback

12. Bruno Tonioli falling off his chair 

13. Just Bruno Tonioli in general 

14. 10s from Len

15. Acid-tongued put downs from Craig 

16. Awkward puns 

 17. And that magnificent glitterball trophy…

Keeeeep dancing! 

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC1 soon 

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