Strictly will return on Saturday 9th September on BBC1 at 7pm with the first episode of the 15th series, Strictly Come Dancing – The Launch.
This year’s batch of celebrity contestants will walk the red carpet and make a grand entrance into the Strictly ballroom where they will endure the most nail-biting moment of the launch episode: each celeb will be paired up with their professional partner.
In this pre-recorded episode ahead of the live shows, we’ll also see a special performance from reigning champions Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton. We will also get to see this year’s dancers in action, with the celebs and the pros taking to the dance floor for a “spectacular group number”.
Two special musical performances will come from Shania Twain and Avicii ft. Rita Ora.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will host the show, with new head judge Shirley Ballas in action alongside Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood.
The BBC has also promised a “special heartfelt tribute” to the late Sir Bruce Forsyth as part of the launch show.
When do the Strictly Come Dancing live shows begin?
Absolutely. Strictly will pay tribute to Sir Bruce Forsyth during the launch show.
The executive producer of the BBC1 show announced that there will be a “heart-felt performance” from the professional dancers to celebrate the former Strictly presenter, who passed away aged 89 on 18th August.
Louise Rainbow said: “The thoughts of everyone here at Strictly are still very much with Sir Bruce’s family. Of course, we will be paying tribute to Sir Bruce at our launch show and this will include a heart-felt performance from our Strictly professional dancers. We all want to celebrate him and all that he loved about the show. Sir Bruce was, and will always be, a huge part of Strictly Come Dancing.”
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC1 on Saturday 9th September
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