Strictly Come Dancing avoids X Factor clash as it waltzes back to BBC1 later this month

The BBC ballroom dancing show will launch in mid September, with full competition due to begin in October

The launch of this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing is only ten days away, and the show’s “exclusive red carpet premiere” will be aired on BBC1 on Saturday 15 September at 6:30pm. The show will not clash with The X Factor on ITV1 but will overlap with the first ten minutes of Simon Cowell’s game show Red or Black on the night.


As in previous years, the premiere will see this year’s crop of celebs paired up with the show’s professional dancers and give the new couples a chance to make a first impression with the audience.

The show’s tenth series will see prima ballerina Darcey Bussell replace Alesha Dixon and take her place on the judging panel alongside seasoned vets Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.

While the celebrity line-up for 2012’s season of the ballroom dancing extravaganza is currently shrouded in secrecy, it is rumoured that Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans, Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle, Girls Aloud singer Kimberly Walsh, ex-England cricket captain Michael Vaughn and veteran TV personality Johnny Ball may be among the stars taking part.

Following launch night, competition will run from Friday 5 October until Saturday 22 December.


Watch the trailer for Strictly 2012 below: