Strictly Come Danc­ing

Strictly Come Danc­ing re­turns with a new head judge and 15 new celebs...

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SAturdAy 9 Septem­ber, 7.00pm BBC1 En­ter­tain­ment

The Strictly sea­son be­gins with the launch that pairs the celebri­ties with their pro­fes­sional part­ners. Among those sport­ing Ly­cra and spray tans this year are Holby City star Joe McFad­den, en­ter­tainer Deb­bie McGee, JLS star As­ton Mer­ry­gold and co­me­dian Brian Con­ley. Shirley Bal­las re­places Len Good­man as head judge, while Clau­dia and Tess are back host­ing.

It’s time to sew on those se­quins and slip into some danc­ing shoes, as Strictly Come Danc­ing re­tuns…

Tess Daly and Clau­dia Win­kle­man again host as this year’s 15 celebri­ties are paired with the pro-dancers who they hope will teach them how to waltz, jive and quick­step their way to the cov­eted glit­ter­ball tro­phy.

Judges Craig

Revel Hor­wood,

Darcey Bus­sell and

Bruno To­nioli are back, but there’s a new head judge as ‘Queen of Latin’ Shirley

Bal­las re­places

Len Good­man. ‘Strictly is so loved by the Bri­tish pub­lic and I’ve al­ways been a mas­sive fan,’ says Shirley, 56. ‘I can’t wait to get into the ball­room!’

This launch show will see a rou­tine from the pro-dancers in hon­our of Strictly’s former host Sir Bruce Forsyth, who died last month.

The celebri­ties and their part­ners will get a cou­ple of weeks of in­tense train­ing be­fore the real com­pe­ti­tion gets un­der way. Here’s our low­down on all this year's dancers…

Hosts with the most… Clau­dia and Tess are back Se­quins at dawn… Will new head judge Shirley clash with Craig?

Best foot for­ward… Davood, Gemma, Joe (top) and Alexan­dra. In­set, left: Shirley

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