Strictly Come Dancing is coming back very soon, and to get us all hyped up the BBC has released a whole host of images of this year’s celebrities all glammed up — all we’re missing is an X Factor–style wind tunnel montage.
Although there are still some COVID protocols in place, the 19th series of the show is back to having a full line-up of 15 contestants.
The male celebrities taking part this year are Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty, BBC Breakfast‘s Dan Walker, actor Greg Wise, Great British Bake Off‘s John Whaite, CBBC’s Rhys Stephenson, comedian Robert Webb, McFly’s Tom Fletcher and former England rugby player Ugo Monye.
Representing the ladies this year, we’ve got presenter AJ Odudu, Loose Women‘s Judi Love, Coronation Street turned Hollyoaks actress Katie McGlynn, former EastEnders icon Nina Wadia, current EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis, Dragons’ Den‘s Sara Davies, and presenter Tilly Ramsay.
The show has also revealed some glam photos of this year’s line-up of professional dancers, and there are some new faces among all the returning favourites.
The judging panel is also looking a little different too, as Anton Du Beke has finally been given a full-time spot on the panel, after Bruno Tonioli stepped down after not being able to make it over from the US for a second year due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
COVID has also meant that the show won’t be traveling to Blackpool again this year, but we do have the return of the theme weeks.
So expect routines to song you never thought could be danced to, and plenty of questionable outfits (we still can’t get that Simpsons performance out of our heads).
Strictly Come Dancing‘s 2021 launch show takes place on Saturday, September 18, while the first live show show is a week later, on BBC One.
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