Strictly Come Dancing 2017 guide: Everything you need to know about Movie Week

Fourteen celebrities will again be taking to the ballroom this Saturday night, but for one of them it will be their last dance

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What time is Strictly Come Dancing on TV?

Strictly’s third live show will air at 6.35pm on Saturday 7th October on BBC1  – and it’s Movie Week!

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What time is the Strictly results show on Sunday?

It starts at 7.15pm on Sunday 8th October on BBC1. Chizzy Akudolu became the first celebrity to leave Strictly 2017 last week – but who will be in this Sunday’s dance-off and who will be going home?

Seeing as it’s Movie Week, we’ll also be treated to a group performance inspired by Disney movies as well as a guest appearance by Sheridan Smith singing a number from West End musical Funny Girl.

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What are the celebrities dancing to in week two?

We’re pretty excited to see Debbie McGee Quickstep to the Fred Astaire classic Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off. Susan Calman has revealed she’ll be doing a Samba dressed as Wonder Woman, while Brian Conley will be taking on The Wizard of Oz with an American Smooth to If I Only Had a Brain.

Click here for the full list of dances and songs the celebrities and professional dancers will be performing for week three of Strictly.

What were the Strictly scores last week?

It was a great week forAston MerrygoldAlexandra Burke and Debbie McGee – but bad news for Charlotte Hawkins and the Rev. Richard Coles, who languished at the bottom of the leaderboard.

Here’s the leaderboard from week two of Strictly Come Dancing.

Who will be leaving Strictly this weekend?

Charlotte Hawkins and Brendan Cole in Strictly Come Dancing

Charlotte Hawkins may be the one Tangoing to the Top Gun song Danger Zone, but a few other celebrities are in the danger zone, too.

Ruth LangsfordSimon Rimmer and Rev. Richard Coles are struggling – and will Brian Conley end up in the dance-off for a second time?

The two couples who find themselves at the bottom when both the judges’ scores and viewers’ votes are combined will face the dance-off on Sunday night. Whoever the judges deem the weaker of the two performances will be sent home, with new Head Judge Shirley Ballas having the casting vote if the decision is tied.

How do I vote in Strictly Come Dancing?

Read our full guide to how to vote for your favourite Strictly star – online and by phone.

What’s happened in training this week?

Susan Calman is fulfilling all her fantasies.

Brian Conley is fed up of being shouted at…

Brendan Cole and Charlotte Hawkins are on a mission.

Work day… awesome VT for Strictly! I'm excited, @charlottehawkins1 not so much!!!

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Ruth Langsford is really getting into Movie Week.

As for Rev. Richard Coles, he doesn’t quite seem to be getting into the Strictly diet…

Who are the Strictly Come Dancing judges?

For the first time in five years, the Strictly Come Dancing panel of judges looks a little different. Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood will all be returning for series 15, but there will be one face missing from the panel. Head Judge Len Goodman retired from the show following the last series, and after widespread speculation, his replacement was confirmed as ballroom legend Shirley Ballas.

Strictly Come Dancing Shirley Ballas 2017

The ‘Queen of Latin’ has said that the celebrities will have to “pull their socks up” with her on the panel, while former Strictly professional and one-time student of Shirley, Joanne Clifton has said that she thinks she will be tougher than Len…but not quite as tough as Craig.

Who are the celebrities on Strictly 2017?
Strictly Come Dancing Cast

The complete line-up for Strictly Come Dancing 2017 is as follows: Mollie King, Davood GhadamiCharlotte Hawkins, Rev. Richard ColesAlexandra BurkeDebbie McGee, Susan Calman, Ruth Langsford, Chizzy Akudolu, Simon Rimmer, Jonnie Peacock, Brian Conley, Aston Merrygold, Gemma Atkinson and Joe McFadden.

You can read the full list of confirmed Strictly stars here, and you can watch Radio Times’ exclusive interviews with every single celebrity and their professional dance partners below:

Who are the professional dancers on Strictly 2017?

There might be 15 celebrities, but there are 17 professional dancers in the Strictly class of 2017.

Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers 2017

Returning pros are Karen Clifton, Anton Du Beke, AJ Pritchard, Oti Mabuse, Brendan Cole, Gorka Marquez, Kevin Clifton, Giovanni Pernice, Pasha KovalevAljaž Škorjanec, Katya Jones and Janette Manrara.

Strictly Come Dancing 2017 male professionals

Then there’s newbies Amy Dowden, Dianne Buswell and Nadiya Bychkova as well as Neil Jones and Chloe Hewitt, who don’t have celeb partners.

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.

Neil, whose wife Katya Jones is this year partnered with Joe McFadden, exclusively told RadioTimes.com  that although he would “love” to have a partner on the show, he thought it would be unlikely from the beginning because of the lack of changes to the male dancer line-up.

Neil Jones and Chloe Hewitt on Strictly Come Dancing

“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?
Strictly Come Dancing presenters Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly

As ever, it’s Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman who host Strictly Come Dancing.

When is Strictly’s Blackpool Week?

We already know that Blackpool Week has been announced for Saturday 18th November.

The date for Halloween Week has not been 100% confirmed – although it 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.

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Strictly Come Dancing airs at 6.35pm on Saturday 7th October on BBC1.