'Strictly Come Dancing' finally announces 2019 start date

Julia Hunt
Contributor
Hosts Claudia Winkleman (left) and Tess Daly at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018 held at The Broadcasting House, London.

Strictly Come Dancing bosses have revealed that the new series will start in just over two weeks.

Fans have been kept guessing about when the hit BBC show will be back.

But a tweet from the Strictly account has confirmed that it will be waltzing onto our screens on September 7.

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The post shows 2019 contestant Michelle Visage tracing out a sparkly number 15 – which is both the amount of days to go and the number of celebrities that will be vying for the coveted Glitterball trophy this year.

“Start your engines,” said the tweet.

“#Strictly is back in 15 days! Saturday 7th September @BBCOne @michellevisage.”

This year’s line-up includes US star Visage, reality star Jamie Laing, actress Catherine Tyldesley, TV broadcaster Anneka Rice, rower James Cracknell, Paralympian Will Bayley, Radio 1 DJ Dev Griffin, former footballer Alex Scott, Viscountess Emma Weymouth and CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual.

TV presenter Mike Bushell, YouTube star Saffron Barker, actress Emma Barton, comedian Chris Ramsey and former England goalkeeper David James are also taking part.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will be back to present the main show and Zoe Ball is returning to host spin off It Takes Two, where she will be joined by Rylan Clark-Neal.

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Judges Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Shirley Ballas will be back on the panel dishing out their critiques.

They will be joined by newcomer Motsi Mabuse, the sister of Strictly professional Oti, who is replacing Dame Darcey Bussell.

The dancer announced in April that she was stepping down after seven years on the panel.

Rehearsals are already under way and some of this year’s crop recently shared the first shot of them all together.