Strictly Come Dancing 2017 launch show – in pictures

New judge Shirley Ballas struts her stuff as the latest batch of celebrities take to the red carpet

Strictly Come Dancing 2017 judges

Strictly Come Dancing 2017 is less than two weeks away, and the new celebrities have finally had a chance to show off their dancing skills.

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The  traditional red carpet launch show is the first chance to see the stars in action, but this year’s first-look photos are even more enticing, with Shirley Ballas taking her place as Strictly’s new Head Judge.

The four judges – Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli – made a spectacular entrance in front of the cameras ahead of the first show on Saturday 9th September.

Strictly Come Dancing 2017 judges

New judge Shirley looks like she’s hit it off with fellow judge Bruno, if these red carpet dance moves are anything to go by.

Strictly Come Dancing 2017 judges dancing

Familiar faces Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman were also back and beaming ahead of series 15.

Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly Strictly 2017

While the class of 2017 had a first chance to put on their Strictly finery and strike a pose for the cameras. Comedian Susan Calman, JLS star Aston Merrygold and showbiz and magic star Debbie McGee arrived together.

Strictly 2017 celebrities susan calman, aston merrygold and debbie mcgee

While the Reverend Richard Coles was enjoying the attention of Strictly’s female professionals.

Richard Coles Strictly 2017

Comedian and presenter Brian Conley gave Hollyoaks star Gemma Atkinson a gentlemanly lift.

brian conlon and gemma atkinson

The Saturdays singer Mollie King is an early favourite to win.

Mollie King Strictly 2017

Strictly professional couple Karen and Kevin Clifton were back for more, although Kevin’s sister Joanne won’t be returning for the new series.

Karen and Kevin Clifton Strictly 2017
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Strictly Come Dancing 2017 will return on Saturday 9th September