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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.

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