Strictly’s first live week kicks off on Saturday 23rd September on BBC1 at 6.20pm.
For the first time in seven years, the glitz hasn’t been spread over two days. In previous years, the celebrities have been split into two groups with their debut dances airing across both Friday and Saturday nights.
After this week, every subsequent Sunday will feature a results show where one celebrity will be sent home. Sunday September 24 is the exception to the rule, because as it’s the first week, no-one will be eliminated. Which means no elimination show.
Instead, the scores from week one will roll over to week two, with the first celeb and their professional partner exiting the show on Sunday October 1.
Who are the Strictly Come Dancing judges?
For the first time in five years, the Strictly Come Dancing panel of judges is going to look a little different.
Why don’t all the Strictly professionals have partners?
You have to spare a thought for poor Neil Jones and Chloe Hewitt. For the second year in a row, both of these Strictly pros have been left on the subs bench. Neither of them have a celebrity partner this year, although they will both be contributing lots to It Takes Two on BBC2, and starring in and choreographing the group dance routines on the show.
“It’s OK,” he told RadioTimes.com about sitting out this series. “There’s 15 celebrities, so we always knew there was going to be an imbalance. That was my role last year. There’s been no changes with the men, so even coming into it – we didn’t know until the last minute – but I already had that in my mind.
“I would love to be in the same situation as everyone else purely because of the experience, and when I speak to them each day – ‘We’re going through this and this is happening’ – you’d love to be there. But at the same time I love being part of the show and I’m busy with It Takes Two! I’m sure they’re going to get me learning some new dances this year.”
Who’s presenting Strictly Come Dancing?
As ever, Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will be returning to host the biggest show on TV.
When are Strictly’s Movies Week, Halloween Week and Blackpool Week?
We already know that Blackpool Week has been announced for Saturday 18th November, although dates for Movies Week and Halloween Week are yet to be confirmed – although the latter is expected to take place on 28th/29th October.
When is the Strictly final 2017?
This much we do know. The Strictly final this year will be on Saturday 16th December.
Is there a tribute to Sir Bruce Forsyth on Strictly 2017?
Strictly paid tribute to Sir Bruce Forsyth during the launch show with an emotional performance from the cast of professional dancers, which you can watch below:
It had previously been announced that there would be a “heart-felt performance” from the professional dancers to celebrate the former Strictly presenter, who passed away aged 89 on 18th August.
Strictly executive producer Louise Rainbow said at the time: “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 airs at 6.20pm on Saturday September 23 on BBC1.
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