POPULAR dance show Strictly Come Dancing kicked off its 16th series last night with a new batch of celebs taking to the dancefloor.
Pop stars and actors were among the famous faces performing their first dance on Saturday night’s live show.
Since it began in 2004, Strictly has welcomed more than 220 stars to the show.
Here’s 10 things you may not know about the BBC contest... THERE are around 200 dresses made each series and more than 170,000 rhinestones used by the show’s costume department. BEFORE the contestants are announced they all have code names. In the past, the crew have used Disney characters and Shakespearean names – this year it was an assortment of cheeses. THIS year, 5.2 million people applied for a ticket to be in the audience. There will be plenty disappointed as there are only 600 seats for every show. HAIR is of course an equally important part of the Strictly experience, so much so that around 504 cans of spray are used per series – equivalent to 252 litres worth. That’s enough to fill six Mini Cooper petrol tanks. There’s also around 37,000 hair pins used – which would stretch for two miles if you laid them end- to- end. A TOTAL of 44 pro dancers have partnered celebrities since the first series, but only Anton du Beke, 52, has been with the show since the beginning. STRICTLY is currently housed on the soundstage where the original trilogy of Star Wars movies were shot. THE infamous curse has put an end to 11 relationships. STRICTLY is a follow- on from the original BBC ballroom competition, Come Dancing, which ran for just shy of 50 years. Since its relaunch in 2004, the format has been exported to more than 50 countries. JUDGE Craig Revel Horwood, 53, actually appeared on a Louis Theroux documentary about struggling New York City actors. Judge Bruno Tonioli, 62, worked in the music business, as a choreographer, before taking the
hot seat and he stars in Elton John’s vid for THE cast get through 57 litres of fake tan every series and they even released their own Strictly tanning line last year.