Strictly Come Dancing 2017: the launch

15 celebrities. A bunch of professionals.  You know the drill.

Yes, we’re back.

The glittery cornerstone of the BBC is back, and the countdown to Christmas is officially on.

What’s new?

Things are different this year. I have a new job, I work up in….oh wait, you don’t mean with me, do you?

My apologies.

Of course – this year sees a whole host of changes. First off, head judge Len Goodman left the show as the end of last series with a tearful send off. In his place comes self-confessed Queen of Latin Shirley Ballas, who brings with her around or over 50 years of dancing knowledge.

Joanne Clifton, Natalie Lowe and Oksana Platero have left the building to be replaced by Amy Dowden, Dianne Buswell and Nadiya Bychkova (who are, coincidentally, a Brit, an Aussie and a Ukrainian)

Some things, however, are the same. Chloe Hewitt and Neil Jones remain on the subs bench and will not have celebrity partners. Instead, they will regular contribute to spin-off show It Takes Two – hosted by the ever wonderful Zoë Ball.

Pairings

Gemma Atkinson and Aljaž Skorjanec

Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice

Chizzy Akudolu and Pasha Kovalev

Ruth Langsford and Anton Du Beke

Charlotte Hawkins and Brendan Cole

Mollie King and AJ Pritchard

Susan Calman and Kevin Clifton

Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez

Aston Merrygold and Janette Manrana

Rev Richard Coles and Dianne Buswell

Davood Ghadami and Nadiya Bychkova

Simon Rimmer and Karen Clifton

Joe McFadden and Katya Jones

Jonnie Peacock and Oti Mabuse

Brian Conley and Amy Dowden

Elsewhere

In August, we were all devastated by the news of Sir Bruce Forsyth’s sad passing. He was, we can all agree, a true legend and a true great. Mr Saturday Night, thank you for everything. Rest In Peace.

The show paid tribute in the only way it knows how – with an emotional Ballroom routine to Fly Me To The Moon.

Joanne and Ore [Oduba] returned to Elstree for one last time to perform their outstand and jaw-dropping jive, before Jo bid an emotional farewell to the show that became home over the past three years.

And of course the car-crash group routine. As lively, hideous and strangely amazing as ever.

That’s it for a couple of weeks. In a break from previous years, the Friday live show has been axed. Instead, all fifteen (yes, all) will take the floor first the first competitive dance on Saturday 23 September.

I’ll see you then.

x x

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