Last week, the BBC announced the launch date of the latest instalment of the channel’s iconic hit competition, Strictly Come Dancing. This year’s hotly contested dance competition will begin on Saturday September 7th. And, you’re right, that’s less than two weeks away! If the programme’s launch show is an indication of what this series has in store for us, with pop princess Kylie Minogue promised to be leading Strictly’s professional dancers to her most famous hits, the inaugural show promises us to be in for a cracker this year! The star-studded line-up of Strictly’s seventeenth series includes Alex Scott, Anneka Rice, Catherine Tyldesley, Chris Ramsey, David James, Dev Griffin, Emma Barton, Emma Weymouth, James Cracknell, Jamie Laing, Karim Zeroual, Michelle Visage, Mike Bushell, Saffron Barker and Will Bayley. A considerable shake up to the show we all love to follow offers fans an enthralling series of Strictly Come Dancing this time around.
Since debuting on BBC One in 2004, Strictly Come Dancing has become a national fan favourite and a roaring success across the globe. The first series averaged a viewership of 6.45 million, peaking in 2010 to a record high of 11.23 million. Over the course of the last decade, the show has a consistent series average of 10 million. This year, some shake-ups promise to make the show even more interesting. In February, regular professional dancer Pasha Kovalev announced that he will be leaving for pastures new. Gorka Marquez also announced he will not be paired with a celebrity, but will still take part in the show, the same as Graziano Di Prima. Returning judges Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and head judge Shirley Ballas will be joined by new addition Motsi Mabuse, with Darcy Bussell leaving the hit show after seven years at the helm.
Don’t miss Strictly Come Dancing 2019 on BBC One on Saturday, 7th September!