Strictly Come Dancing return date confirmed: When does Strictly start?
Strictly Come Dancing: First look at 2022 celebs dancing
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Strictly Come Dancing is a BBC One staple and the glitzy dance competition is celebrating a special anniversary. The show will be paying tribute to the BBC this year as the broadcaster celebrates its 100th birthday. Express.co.uk has all you need to know about when the pre-recorded launch show will air.
When does Strictly 2022 start?
Fans of Strictly will be pleased to hear filming is starting on the pre-recorded launch on Wednesday, September 7.
The star-studded contest will feature a special episode celebrating the BBC centenary later in the series.
Some fan-favourite features will return including Blackpool Week.
The unique 2022 season will also include some brand new themed weeks, following on from the iconic movie week and theatre week.
As for when the series actually starts, Strictly 2022 will air on BBC One on Saturday, September 17.
This year marks the show’s 20th season, but there is an even bigger cause to celebrate.
Strictly’s executive producer Sarah James, said: “We know how much viewers love the Strictly themed weeks, so it’s fantastic to be able to announce a new one, celebrating the BBC’s centenary.”
There will be plenty of other surprises in store to mark the occasion, with 15 contestants taking part.
They include TV and radio broadcaster Helen Skelton, actor James Bye, cameraman Hamza Yassin, singer Fleur East, Arsenal legend Tony Adams and singer Molly Rainford.
Also taking to the dancefloor are comedian Ellie Taylor, pop star Matt Goss, radio host Tyler West, Paralympian Ellie Simmonds, comedian Jayde Adams, Loose Women presenter Kaye Adams, radio host Richie Anderson, actress and singer Kym Marsh, and actor Will Mellor.
Viewers have been treated to a first look at the new series as the four new professional dancers were showcased in a series of photos.
The show’s new dancers will be introduced to BBC viewers via a cinematic dance routine with the other professionals.
They are European cup winner Vito Coppola, Chinese National Champion Carlos Gu, former Under 21 British National Champion Lauren Oakley and Latin dance champion Michelle Tsiakkas.
Strictly will have its biggest professional dancer line-up in history when the show returns.
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Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will be back hosting the 20th season, with Tess having been at its helm since 2004.
According to her husband Vernon Kay, she will keep dancing until she is in her 80s, like her late co-star Bruce Forsyth.
He joked to The Sun: “Strictly was probably one of the first shows to embrace two women as the main anchors of a huge Saturday night entertainment show.
“As far as prime time entertainment shows go, Claudia and Tess really broke the mould.
“I think that’s something that both of them are really proud of and long may it continue.”
The new dancers are also keen to take to the dancefloor and have expressed their excitement.
Lauren Oakley said: “Now that it’s happening, it doesn’t quite seem real. I can’t wait to start this new sequined adventure and join this incredible family.”
Michelle Tsiakkas said: “Being a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing has been my dream ever since I was a little girl.”
Meanwhile, Vito Coppola shared: “I am really excited to become part of this family. I cannot wait to start this new adventure and to challenge myself.”
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on September 17th.
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