IT’S nearly time for Strictly to return to our TV screens.
Here’s all the key info you need on the 17th series and when you can catch it.
When does Strictly Come Dancing 2019 start?
The start date for the live Strictly Come Dancing shows is Saturday, September 21, with the final on Saturday, December 14.
However, it is on our screens before that with an official start date of Saturday, September 7, 2019, at 7.10pm.
This is usually when the professionals and celebrities are paired up.
The couples will then have two weeks to prepare their first dance on live TV.
Who’s in the official line-up?
Here’s the celebs taking to the dance floor in 2019:
- Anneka Rice
- James Cracknell
- Dev Griffin
- Alex Scott
- Jamie Laing
- Will Bayley
- Michelle Visage
- Countess Weymouth Emma Thynn
- Karim Zeroual
- Mike Bushell
- Catherine Tyldesley
- Saffron Barker
- Emma Barton
- Chris Ramsey
- David James
For more details about the contestants click here.
Who are the Strictly Come Dancing judges?
Strictly features four expert judges who hand out comments – both good and bad – to the celebrities.
Here’s who they are:
Returning to the judging panel is head judge Shirley Ballas, who joined the show back in 2017, replacing Len Goodman.
Shirley, 58, is a ballroom dancer from Merseyside.
She specialises in Latin dance and her success at championships earned her the nickname The Queen of Latin.
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.
Bruno 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.
Like Bruno, he is one of the show’s original judges.
Craig is known for his cutting criticism and negative comments.
In July 2019 it was revealed Motsi Mabuse would be joining the show as a judge.
Motsi is a 38-year-old South African dancer, who previously appeared on the German TV show Let’s Dance – the German version of Strictly Come Dancing.
She 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.
The dancer replaces Darcey Bussell, who quit the show back in April 2019.
Who are the Strictly Come Dancing 2019 presenters?
The 2019 series will see the return of popular presenting duo Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.
And the evening show It Takes Two will also be back.
In April 2019 it was announced that Rylan Clark-Neal would be co-hosting with Zoe Ball.
Zoe took over the Radio 2 Breakfast Show in January 2019, so has a big commitment there.
What does the winner of Strictly Come Dancing get?
Most importantly the winner gets the coveted Glitterball trophy.
However, each star also gets £25,000 for signing up.
If they manage to stay on the dance floor until the end of October, this rises to £40,000.
Any star that makes it to the quarter-finals sees their fee jump to £60,000.
Those who make the semi-finals will see a climb to £75,000.
While the Strictly winner will be paid £100,000.
Latest Strictly goss
Who won Strictly Come Dancing in 2018?
TV journalist Stacey Dooley and her partner Kevin Clifton were crowned the winners following a dramatic final on December 15, 2018.
Each pairing danced three times on the night, with Stacey and Kevin blowing away the opposition.
The duo were overcome with emotion immediately after their win, with Kevin reduced to tears, as was his ex-wife Karen.
Both Stacey and Kevin paid tribute to each other and have since become a couple.