What time does Strictly start on Saturday? Everything you need to know including line-up, judges and more

What time does Strictly start on Saturday? Everything you need to know including line-up, judges and more

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STRICTLY Come Dancing is finally making its return to BBC One, kicking off its 17th series with a new batch of celebrities – and even a new judge.

But what time will the dancing competition commence and what else is there to know before the premiere on Saturday?

 Strictly is kicking off in September 7, 2019, with Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly at the helm again
Strictly is kicking off in September 7, 2019, with Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly at the helm again

What time does Strictly start?

Strictly Come Dancing will commence at 7.10pm on Saturday, August 7.

The show is also scheduled to run for a whopping 1hr and 14 minutes, which is fairly short for a premiere episode, but fans will be happy regardless.

Saturday will also mark the first time fans will get to see newcomer Motsi Mabuse sit on the panel as a full-time judge after having replaced Dame Darcey Bussell.

If you happen to miss the show live on television, don’t forget that you can always catch up on BBC iPlayer.

Who’s in the line-up?

If you needed a reminder of who is starring in this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing, see below for the full list of contestants hoping to win you over with their moves.

Anneka Rice

Anneka is a TV legend whose former hit show, Challenge Anneka, aired 30 years ago on the BBC.

And while producers had missed out on the opportunity to sign the 60-year-old in 2018, it was confirmed to be a done deal on Steve Wright In The Afternoon on BBC Radio 2.

James Cracknell

It was revealed on Good Morning Britain that James Cracknell will join the celebrity line-up.

Speaking about his upcoming Strictly adventure, the 47-year-old said: “I haven’t told my mum yet. We were told not to tell anyone! She’s probably going, ‘No what is he doing!’”

Dev Griffin

Dev is best known for presenting on BBC Radio 1 after kicking off his career in children’s TV.

Speaking about his upcoming Strictly adventure, Dev admitted that he is determined to win this year’s series of the show.

Alex Scott

Former England and Arsenal defender, 34, has made an impressive transition from women’s football to television punditry, even managing to impress Graeme Souness on Sky Sports.

Now it is her turn to face the feedback from the Strictly judges.

Jamie Laing

Jamie is over the moon to be signed up for Strictly.

He had previously been rumoured to be appearing on the show – despite Strictly operating a “ban” on reality TV stars.

Will Bayley

It was revealed on Julia Hartley-Brewer’s talkRADIO breakfast show that Paralympic table tennis player Will Bayley is joining Strictly.

Will has an impressive record and is ranked world number 1 in his field.

Michelle Visage

RuPaul’s Drag Race star Michelle said she was “over the moon” as she was revealed on the Lorraine show – after The Sun broke the story in July.

The former pop singer, 50, has become an LGBT icon after eight years on the outrageous drag queen competition.

Countess Weymouth Emma Thynn

Emma is an English chef, model and philanthropist, who is a brand ambassador for Fiorucci.

She has also modelled for Dolce and Gabbana.

Born March, 19, 1986 the 33-year-old runs her own lifestyle website and has an online show, entitled Emma’s Kitchen.

Karim Zeroul

Karim, 19, is a children’s TV presenter, who began his career as an actor, starring in CBBC’s fantasy series The Sparticle Mystery.

Of joining the series, he said: “To be offered the chance to take part in Strictly is dumbfounding, I’m pinching myself! I’m so excited to be Strictlified.

Mike Bushell

BBC Breakfast’s Mike Bushell has joined the 2019 Strictly Come Dancing line-up.

The news was confirmed on the morning show after The Sun previously revealed that sports presenter Mike, 53, who is notorious for making cock-ups live on TV, will be taking part.

Catherine Tyldesley

Corrie actress Catherine, 35, is getting ready to put on her dancing shoes.

Speaking about joining the dancing show she said: “I am so excited.

“I love to dance on a night out if I have had a couple of drinks, but I can’t actually dance.

Saffron Barker

The vlogger follows in the footsteps of fellow YouTuber Joe Sugg, who reached the final in 2018 with his now-girlfriend Dianne Buswell.

As of April 2019, Saffron has over two million subscribers to her YouTube channel, with her videos mostly focusing on beauty, fashion, lifestyle and music.

Emma Barton

Emma, 42, who is best known for her role as Honey Mitchell in the BBC One soap EastEnders, said she was “over the moon” when she got the call.

The actress said: “I’m the biggest fan. Now I’m thinking have I done the right thing by saying yes?”

Chris Ramsey

Chris, 32, is a regular on stand-up and panel shows and hosts his own comedy programme.

In 2016 he presented I’m A Celebrity spin-off Extra Camp alongside Joe Swash, Vicky Pattison and Stacey Solomon.

David James

Retired goalkeeper David, 48, revealed former Olympic swimmer Mark Foster encouraged him to take part after years of declining offers.

The football star played for clubs including Liverpool, West Ham and Man City over a 26-year career.

The judges all smiled as they sat patiently and waited for rehearsals to commence
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Who are the Strictly judges?

Motsi Mabuse

On July 22, 2019, Motsi Mabuse was revealed as Darcey’s replacement on the hit show.

The South African star, 38, is the older sister of Strictly pro Oti which means she will have to score her younger sister, 28 — a move which is likely to raise eyebrows among other dancers and viewers.

Shirley Ballas

Shirley Ballas, 58, is a ballroom dancer from Merseyside.

She made her first appearance on the Strictly panel in 2017 as head judge, taking over from Len Goodman.


Bruno Tonioli

Bruno Tonioli, 63, is an Italian dancer and choreographer from Ferrara.

He has been a judge on Strictly since the show aired its first series in 2004.

He has also been on the panel of the US version Dancing With The Stars.

Craig Revel Horwood

Craig Revel Horwood, 54, was born in Victoria, Australia.

He is one of the shows original judges along with Bruno.

Craig is known for his cutting criticism and negative comments.

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