Strictly Come Dancing 2021 start date officially confirmed

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 start date officially confirmed


Strictly Come Dancing 2021 is just days away from returning to BBC One and the countdown is officially underway.

Just days after BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker accidentally let slip the start date, it’s been confirmed that the glitziest series on the Beeb is due to launch on Saturday, September 18 – so set those calendar alerts.

The start date was announced on Strictly’s Twitter account with a fun video clip of McFly’s Tom Fletcher pretending to strum one of the iconic paddles.

The beloved competition show will welcome 15 celebrities to the ballroom, with Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Anton du Beke serving as the judges.

Stars including comedian Robert Webb, Loose Women’s Judi Love and Olympic champion swimmer Adam Peaty have signed up to work on their dancing skills.

Also competing will be former rugby player Ugo Monye, EastEnders actress Nina Wadia, TV presenter AJ Odudu, Dragons’ Den investor Sara Davies, Coronation Street star Katie McGlynn, BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker, TV presenter Tilly Ramsay, CBBC host Rhys Stephenson and actor Greg Wise.

The countdown is ON! Only 15 days to go until @TomFletcher and our #Strictly stars hit the dancefloor 🕺

EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis will be the first-ever deaf contestant to appear in the series.

Former Bake Off winner John Whaite will be making Strictly history in the show’s first all-male couple.

On the judging panel, Anton will take over from Bruno Tonioli, who remains unable to take part due to travel uncertainty caused by the pandemic.

There will also be four new professional dancers joining the line-up.

Kai Widdrington, from the Irish version of Dancing With The Stars, former Let’s Dance Germany professional Nikita Kuzmin, reigning South African Latin champion Cameron Lombard, and The Greatest Dancer winner Jowita Przystal.

It was previously announced the new series will not be making the usual annual trip to Blackpool for the customary episode broadcast live from the famous Tower Ballroom.

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 18 September on BBC One.

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