TX Date: Saturday 9 September 2017
TX Time: 19:00
Network: BBC One/RTÉ One
Dust off your dancing shoes, Strictly Come Dancing is waltzing back onto BBC One for its 15th series.
The award-winning entertainment show returns with even more sparkle, glitz and glamour, as the Strictly effect is about to sweep the nation once again.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman host the Strictly Come Dancing - Launch Show and roll out the red carpet to welcome the star-studded celebrity class of 2017 as they prepare to begin their Strictly adventure. The 15 celebrity contestants will make their grand entrance into the famous Strictly ballroom before the nail-biting moment when they discover who their dancing partner will be.
Before the ballroom battle can commence and the couples get the chance to prepare to compete for the coveted Glitterball trophy, the celebrities and professional dancers will get together to perform a spectacular group number to officially launch the new series in Strictly style.
This year, there is a brand new judge joining Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood on the panel, welcome Shirley Ballas, the ‘Queen of Latin’. Together the fab-u-lous four will see the celebrities in action for the first time and give their comments - luckily, they will leave their scoring paddles at home this week.
Reigning Strictly champions Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton will also return for their winner’s performance, plus there will be two special musical performances from Shania Twain and Avicii featuring Rita Ora.
And of course there will be a celebration and special heartfelt tribute to our friend and inspiration, the beloved Sir Bruce Forsyth who was, and will continue to be, at the heart of Strictly Come Dancing.